OnePlus 9 Series Confirmed To Run Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G SoC

Friday, 04 Dec, 2020

Qualcomm's Snapdragon Elite gaming platform will also include high-quality gaming audio technology in the Snapdragon 888.

Qualcomm has announced their newest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 888. While unable to show specific use cases today, as Qualcomm is only a chip manufacturer, the performance notes of the 888 show considerable promise.

Snapdragon 888: performance increase by 25%.

We reported how HMD doesn't figure in the list of vendors/manufacturers committed to bring Snapdragon 888 powered smartphones. Qualcomm's new Kryo 680 CPU that's used in the Snapdragon 888 is based on Arm's brand new Cortex-X1 core which features a clock speed of 2.84GHz and a 25 percent improvement over the current Snapdragon 865 chipset. The GPU also plays a role, and Qualcomm claims that for GPU AI compute application, the new Adreno 660 will be 43% speedier. The Snapdragon 888 doesn't have that same wireless generational leap as its predecessor, but the architectural changes to Qualcomm's newest silicon actually do feel more significant this year.

In the networking department, the Snapdragon 888 comes with an integrated 5G modem chip to enable high-speed connections over carrier infrastructure.

Realme confirms flagship smartphone ‘Race’ will launch with Snapdragon 888
The Snapdragon 888 is a surprisingly big step forward Substantial CPU, GPU, and AI performance gains make this chip a head-turner

As expected, Qualcomm's upcoming mobile platform for the next premium Android smartphones was the star of the Snapdragon Tech Summit on Tuesday.

Realme's own estimates state that a phone with a 4000mAh battery and UltraDart charging would be able to reach 33% charge from just three minutes charge time and go from empty to full in 15 minutes flat. The company also said the new chip will bring "desktop-level capabilities" including the improved display and upgradeable GPU drivers.

Previously, limits on image processing performance often prevented phones from using all of their cameras at the same time, forcing device makers to create workarounds like snapping pics in quick succession, which sometimes resulting in blurring or reduced image quality. Additionally, Qualcomm says that a new "triple" image signal processor will allow devices powered by the Snapdragon 888 to capture up to three 4K HDR video feeds or three 28-megapixel photos at once. Snapdragon 875 chips will be built on the 5nm process, both Snapdragon 875 and Snapdragon 875 Plus. Expected to be called the Find X3, the device will use the Snapdragon 888 platform.

So when it is going to be available?

Devices with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 will start shipping early next year with 14 vendors already signed on for the chip including ASUS, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.