06 July 2021
Qualcomm has introduced Snapdragon 888 Plus processor, a mid-cycle refresh to its existing Snapdragon 888 flagship chipset. The Plus variant generally gets overclocked CPU and GPU speeds, however, this time, there is no upgrade to the GPU.
In terms of CPU, only the Kryo 680 Prime core (based on ARM Cortex-X1) has been boosted to 2.995GHz from the earlier 2.84GHz. The remaining cores of the CPU that are 3x ARM Cortex A78 And A75 still run at their basic 2.45Ghz and 1.8GHz clock speeds.
Apart from the speed boost of a core in its CPU architecture, the Snapdragon 888 Plus also gets to see some changes around its AI Engine. The Snapdragon 888 Plus now offers 32 TOPS AI performance, a 20% performance increase from the 26 TOPS AI performance offered by the Snapdragon 888.
Apart from these two changes, the Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC is pretty much the same as its sibling that was launched in December last year.
The Adreno 660 GPU and Snapdragon X60 5G modem remain unchanged. Also, the Snapdragon 888 Plus continues to support Spectra 580 ISP. The chipset also offers Quick Charge 5 support that claims to fully charge a phone in less than 15 minutes. Snapdragon 888 Plus supports up to 4K display at 60Hz or QHD+ at 144Hz. It also supports HDR and HDR10+ standards.
The Snapdragon 888 Plus supports capturing three 28MP photos or three 4K HDR videos at once. It is also able to capture 120fps burst photos at 12MP. It also supports a full suite of Snapdragon Elite Gaming features
Qualcomm has announced the handsets with Snapdragon 888 Plus are expected to be announced in the third quarter of 2021. Honor, Asus, Xiaomi, Motorola, and Vivo are among the list of OEMs who have confirmed to launch new phones with this chipset.