Qualcomm has announced it’s next flagship mobile SOC, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 at it’s Snapdragon Tech Summit on 1 December, 2020. The Snapdragon 888 will power 2021’s Android Flagships like the OnePlus 9 series, Samsung S21 series, phones from, LG and Sony, etc.
The first big improvement for the Snapdragon 888 over the Snapdragon 865 is 5G, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 will finally offer a fully integrated 5G modem unlike the Snapdragon 865 where phone manufacturers had to separately cramp 5G modems inside the phones. The chip will use the X60 modem for 5G which will provide improvements for 5G carrier aggregation across the mmWave and sub-6GHz bands of the spectrum.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 will run on the 5nm process just like Apple’s new A14. This process will offer significant improvements for power efficiency and speed. The Snapdragon 888 will also feature the third generation of Snapdragon Elite Gaming, which will significantly upgrade Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance over previous generations. The Snapdragon 888 also will feature the “most significant upgrade in Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance,” though the improvements are yet to be announced.
Qualcomm has also teased more features coming to the Snapdragon 888 including Qualcomm’s newest 6th generation AI engine running on a redesigned Qualcomm Hexagon chip. Qualcomm promised a big jump in performance and power efficiency for AI tasks.
Qualcomm also teased the new photography features that will be enabled on the Snapdragon 888. It includes the ability to shoot about 120, 12 MP shots in one second due to the updated ISP which is 35% faster.
The first announcement on December 1st is just a first look at the Snapdragon 888. The more elaborate overview of specs and features will be done on December 2nd.
OnePlus also confirmed that their new flagship launching Q1 2021 will run the Snapdragon 888. Oppo’s Find X, Realme’s Race and Xiaomi Mi 11 will also feature the Snapdragon 888 according to the companies.
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