Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will allow Android phones to do more than the best iPhone. Apple has hundreds of engineers trying to match the features, while Qualcomm has hundreds of engineers planning to stay ahead. (Apple lovers will never believe this.)
Today's phone cameras can do things Jennie's $3,000 video camera can't, but this processor goes far beyond. It can run three cameras simultaneously. One can capture 8K video while a second optimizes high-quality stills.
Mega Low Light Mode snaps 30 images and merges the best parts into one shot. It supports 720p slow motion at 960 frames per second. Pros will appreciate the ability to output camera raw files.
Qualcomm asserts the18-bit Image Signal Processor captures 4000x more camera data than 14-bit predecessors. It has "Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR), Locally Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering, AI-based face detection, auto-focus, and auto-exposure."
Cameras are supported up to 200 megapixels. An advanced AI engine should allow software to transform the photos.
Really impressive and very hard for MediaTek to match.
Thanks to Neil Shah @neiltwitz of Counterpoint whose write-up pointed me to this story. He points out the camera has become the key differentiating factor for most smartphone OEMs and has a chart showing which of the current cameras have implemented which features.