Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 888 Processor Will Drive Android 2021 Flagships


Qualcomm also officially announced the Snapdragon 888 at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, taking a first look at the next-generation smartphone processor. The 888 will operate the next wave of 2021 Android flagships from companies like Samsung, OnePlus, LG, Sony and more.

The Snapdragon 888 is the first major addition to the 5G in the company’s high-end 8 Series chipsets: it finally offers a fully integrated 5G modem, unlike last year’s Snapdragon 865 (which required manufacturers to include a separate modem chip inside a modern smartphone). ).

The Snapdragon 888 will feature Qualcomm’s X60 modem, announced earlier this year, which will jump to a 5nm process to improve energy efficiency and 5G carrier aggregation in the sub-mmWave and 6GHz bands of the spectrum. Between the new 5nm architecture and the energy efficiency gains of the integrated modem, the new chip offers significant battery improvements in 5G.

In addition to 5G enhancements, Qualcomm has mocked a number of other advances to the Snapdragon 888, including the company’s sixth-generation AI engine (run on a “redesigned” Qualcomm Hexagon processor) that promises a big leap in performance and energy efficiency for AI tasks. The Snapdragon 888 also includes “the most significant upgrade in Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance,” although details of specific improvements have not yet been announced.

Finally, Qualcomm looked at new shooting features that the Snapdragon 888 allows, including taking up to 120 photos per second at a resolution of 12 megapixels thanks to an updated ISP (which is up to 35 percent faster).

According to Qualcomm’s standard practice, today’s announcement is just the first look at the Snapdragon 888. A more comprehensive review of the specifications and enhancements offered with this year’s chipset will arrive on the second day of the Snapdragon Tech Summit, December 2nd. And given Qualcomm’s near-complete dominance when it comes to providing chips for almost every major smartphone in the U.S., the introduction of the Snapdragon 888 isn’t just a first look at Qualcomm’s latest advances: it’s a preview of what we can expect from the Samsung Galaxy S21 lineup and more. most popular Android phones by 2021 as well.

Tomorrow, as the peak continues, we’ll get more details about the Snapdragon 888, so check back soon for more information.