Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 to land on phones in Q1 2021 – TechCrunch
As promised, more information following yesterday’s Snapdragon 888 announcement. First, as expected, the company’s next flagship SoC will arrive in the first quarter of next year. We’re still waiting for specific models, but as reported yesterday, the San Diego-based chip giant already has a line of smartphone makers planning to use the 765 Tracker including ASUS, Black Shark, LG, MEIZU, Motorola, Nubia, realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.
The goals are also what you’d expect: 5G, AI, speed, security, imagery, and gaming. As Qualcomm announced earlier, the new system is equipped with the third generation X60 5G modem, which supports sub-6 and mmWave variants of wireless technology with speeds of up to 7.5 Gbit / s. s. Support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 is also on board.
The sixth-generation version of the company’s AI engine delivers faster processing speeds for lower power consumption, especially up to 3 times the performance per watt, according to figures from Qualcomm. It is capable of up to 26 tera operations per second (TOPS). Compare that to the “incredible” 5.5 TOPS the company was talking about about the Snapdragon 765 around this time last year. Artificial intelligence is mainly used to improve the camera, games, connectivity, and voice assistants like those from Google.
On the camera side, the new chip incorporates the improved Spectra 580, equipped with the first triple ISP (image signal processor) in the range. This will help promote the multi-camera configuration, with the possibility of having three cameras simultaneously up to 2.7 gigapixels per second. The system also supports capturing three 4K HDR videos at a time – exaggerated, perhaps, but polished. There’s also improved low-light support, to brighten up dark photos – always a good thing.
The integrated Adreno 660 GPU can make graphics up to 35% faster. The Kryo 680 – based on the new Arm Cortex-X1 architecture – improves processor performance by up to 25%. Game rendering has been improved by up to 30% and titles will have access to variable rate shading, a first for a Qualcomm chip. On the security front, the new chip offers a number of new features aimed at protecting data on the device, including the Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit.