12 January 2021
Qualcomm on its first day of virtually held Tech Summit 2020 announced the next-gen flagship mobile platform – Snapdragon 888. This is the same processor that was being addressed with the name Snapdragon 875 up until now.
Qualcomm has dished out only a few key details of the Snapdragon 888 platform and the rest will be announced tomorrow, on its second day of Tech Summit.
The Snapdragon 888 processor is the successor to the last year’s Snapdragon 865 processor. It comes with a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem that supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz networks across all major bands worldwide.
The latest flagship processor comes with a sixth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine that comes along with a “completely redesigned” Qualcomm Hexagon processor to deliver new AI experiences. Snapdragon 888 SoC comes with an all-new Qualcomm Spectra ISP for an advanced photography experience. The new Spectra ISP can shoot at up to 2.7 gigapixels per second, which translates to roughly 120 photos at 12MP resolution. This is up to 35 percent faster than the previous generation ISP available on the Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Snapdragon 888 SoC comes with a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming mobile engine that includes updatable GPU drivers, desktop forward rendering and frame rates reaching up to 144 frames per second. This has been designed specifically for gamers as well.
Qualcomm announced the names of around 14 OEMs that will bring their devices based on the newly announced Snapdragon 888 SoC next year. These include Asus, Black Shark, LG, Lenovo, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun also confirmed during the keynote that the Mi 11 will be one of the first devices to come with the latest SoC.