Qualcomm yesterday announced its new Snapdragon 888 chipset at its Digital Tech Summit. The likes of Asus, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, Realme, OnePlus, Oppo, Sharp, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE had already seen a first look of the chipset behind closed doors and it is expected to power the flagship smartphones from these companies in 2021.
The chipset features Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem which supports both the sub-6 and mmWave 5G bands. It is built on a 5nm architecture process which provides better power efficiency from the integrated 5G modem whenever the 5G connectivity is being used.
Apart from the 5G capabilities, the Snapdragon 888 comes with improved AI hardware featuring Qualcomm’s sixth-gen AI Engine (a re-engineered Hexagon processor) which the company says will provide a big jump in performance and power efficiency for AI tasks. The chipset features a new Adreno GPU that targets 144fps gaming and supports updateable GPU drivers. The company says this is the “most significant upgrade in Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance.” More specifics on this aspect are expected to be announced later.
In terms of photography, the chipset’s Spectra ISP is now 35 percent faster compared to the previous generation which means it can take in image data 2.7GB per second (that’s around 120 photos at 12MP resolution).
Xiaomi has already confirmed one of its devices will be powered by the new chipset. “I’m glad that our new flagship smartphone Mi11 will be the one of the first devices with Snapdragon 888,” says Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi. The chipset is expected to power flagships from Samsung as well in 2021.