Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC debuts for flagship smartphones from 2021
Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform as its next-generation flagship system on chip (SoC) for premium smartphones on Tuesday at a virtual conference held on the first day of the 2020 Snapdragon Technology Summit. The new chip, which is the successor of last year’s Snapdragon 865 SoC and it was speculated that it would be called the Snapdragon 875 SoC so far, it comes with a 3rd generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem that is touted to enable support for mmWave and sub-6 networks on all major bands in all the world. The Snapdragon 888 SoC is also designed to deliver an enhanced photography experience, with an all-new Qualcomm Spectra ISP.
As a significant improvement over the Snapdragon 865 that was thrown out Around the same time last year, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC comes with a sixth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine that comes alongside a “completely redesigned” Qualcomm Hexagon processor to deliver new artificial intelligence (AI) experiences.
Manufacturers included Asus, Black shark, LG, Lenovo, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Real me, Acute, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE They are expected to bring their Snapdragon 888 SoC-based devices next year. Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun also confirmed during the opening speech that his MI 11 it will be one of the first devices to include the latest SoC.
The San Diego-based company claimed that compared to the previous generation, the new mobile platform would provide better performance and energy efficiency in AI processing, all at a speed of 26 tera of operations per second (TOPS). There’s also a second-gen Qualcomm Sensing Hub for lower-powered, always-on AI processing.
Specifically for gamers, the Snapdragon 888 SoC comes with a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming mobile engine that includes upgradeable GPU drivers, forward-facing desktop processing, and frame rates reaching up to 144 frames per second.
The new Snapdragon SoC also includes the next-gen Spectra ISP that is capable of capturing photos and videos at up to 2.7 gigapixels per second, which translates to approximately 120 photos at 12 megapixel resolution. This is up to 35 percent faster than the previous generation ISP available on the Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Qualcomm has provided the 3rd generation Snapdragon X60 5G RF-modem system on the Snapdragon 888 SoC to enable wider 5G compatibility. The new integrated modem provides support for 5G carrier aggregation, multi-SIM global networks, autonomous and non-autonomous (SA and NSA) and dynamic spectrum sharing.
To demonstrate the new capabilities of the Snapdragon 888 SoC during the keynote, Qualcomm showcased two radio-controlled (RC) race cars fully connected via a 5G mmWave network that were controlled from more than a mile away using a Snapdragon reference design. 888. The 5G network that enables the experience was created in collaboration with Verizon and Ericsson. Additionally, the reference design included the Qualcomm Location Suite to highlight the improved accuracy through the latest development.
Detailed specifications of the Snapdragon 888 SoC will be announced in the session on day 2 on Wednesday.