Qualcomm teases the Snapdragon 888 and confirms 14 OEMs will build smartphones with it
Qualcomm is expected to unveil its latest flagship chipset at the ongoing Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital event in San Diego, California. Ahead of the official unveiling, the company has shared a teaser for the new chipset and named 14 OEMs who will be launching devices featuring the chipset next year. As per the teaser, the company’s latest flagship chipset is called Snapdragon 888, not Snapdragon 875, and it will include the following features:
Snapdragon X60 5G Modem
The Snapdragon 888 5G will include the 3rd generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF System, which will offer both mmWave and sub-6 5G compatibility across all major bands worldwide. The modem will also support 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-SIM, 5G Standalone, 5G Non-standalone, and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing.
Qualcomm AI Engine
Qualcomm’s latest flagship offering will also include the new 6th generation Qualcomm AI Engine with a completely re-engineered Qualcomm Hexagon processor. The new AI Engine is capable of 26 tera operations per second (TOPS), and it will offer significant performance and power-efficiency improvements compared with the previous generation. The AI platform is further enhanced by the 2nd generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub, which incorporates lower-power always-on AR processing for new intuitive and intelligent features.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming
The Snapdragon 888 will also feature the new 3rd generation of Snapdragon Elite Gaming, which will significantly upgrade Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance over previous generations.
Qualcomm Spectra ISP
The new chipset will also offer better computation photography performance, thanks to the faster gigapixel speed Qualcomm Spectra ISP. The new ISP will allow users to capture photos and videos at 2.7 gigapixels per second or roughly 120 photos at 12MP resolution, which is up to 35% faster than the previous generation.
During the keynote, Qualcomm also demonstrated the 5G capabilities of the Snapdragon 888 through a radio-controlled race car connected by mmWave 5G. In the demonstration, drivers controlled two race cars from a mile away using a live video feed of the track over 5G. The demonstration was enabled by a private 5G network built in collaboration with Verizon and Ericsson. It made use of a reference design Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon X60 5G modem.
As mentioned earlier, Qualcomm also confirmed the names of 14 OEMs who will be launching Snapdragon 888-powered devices in the coming months. These include ASUS, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.
We expect to learn more about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and upcoming devices featuring the new SoC during the two-day event. So, make sure to stay tuned to our coverage of the Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital 2020.