Toady, Qualcomm has launched its much-awaited flagship 800-series chipset that is expected to power most premium smartphones next year. The new chipset is called the “Snapdragon 888” and not the Snapdragon 875 or Snapdragon 870 as speculated by many in the industry.

Snapdragon 888 5G launched 2

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform is the successor to last year’s Snapdragon 865. It is the chipset that will “deliver the premium experiences users deserve” by bringing major advancements in the gaming and camera department, says Qualcomm. It also continues to focus on 5G connectivity.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Specifications and Features

The new Adreno GPU targets 144 fps gaming and supports updateable GPU drivers. This is the “most significant upgrade in Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance,” according to the company. Some details (especially about the CPU) are still kept under wraps, however.

The Spectra ISP is now 35% faster than the previous generation, meaning it can gulp up image data at 2.7 gigapixels per second (that’s roughly 120 photos at 12 MP resolution). This will be a boon for computational photography as will the upgraded machine learning hardware.

Qualcomm completely re-engineered the Hexagon processor, which now delivers 26 TOPS. For comparison, the SD 865 was rated at 15 TOPS while Apple advertises 11 TOPS for the M1.


The 888 also features Qualcomm’s third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem. It offers sub-6 and mmWave 5G with support for “all major bands worldwide”, global multi-SIM, carrier aggregation and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing.

Snapdragon 888 5G launched

For local wireless connectivity the new chipset supports Wi-Fi 6E (ax working in the 6 GHz band) as well as Bluetooth 5.2.

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Smartphone Brands To Feature The New SD 888

Also, Qualcomm has listed the phone makers that will debut flagships powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset next year. The likes of ASUS, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, Realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE will provide support for this flagship chipset, as per the official press release.

We can expect the Mi 11 series from Xiaomi or the Samsung Galaxy S21 series to be the very first to adopt the Snapdragon 888 next year.




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