Xiaomi Mi 11, OPPO Find X3, and Realme “Race” confirmed to launch with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888
Qualcomm on Tuesday partially detailed the Snapdragon 888 and confirmed that 14 OEMs will build devices equipped with the new processor. Some of those OEMs, including Xiaomi, OPPO, and Realme, wasted no time confirming plans to launch new smartphones with the Snapdragon 888 onboard.
Xiaomi Mi 11
Following Qualcomm’s announcement, Xiaomi confirmed its Mi 11 series will launch with the new chip. We expected this turn of events. When the Snapdragon 865 was announced in 2019, Xiaomi quickly announced its flagship Mi 10 series would launch with the chip, and it did the same thing this year.
— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) December 1, 2020
Although Xiaomi hasn’t revealed too many details about the Mi 11, there have been a few leaks. The pro model in the series will allegedly feature a display with a QHD+ resolution panel at up to 120Hz refresh rate. The display is also expected to support a number of picture-quality enhancements, including MEMC, SDR-to-HDR up mapping, and AI upscaling.
OPPO Find X3 Series
OPPO also confirmed in a press release that its upcoming Find X series, set to be released in Q1 2021, will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor. Just a few weeks ago, OPPO revealed some early details about its Find X3 series, saying it’ll include end-to-end 10-bit color support. According to OPPO, the Find X3 series will feature the company’s new “Full-path Color Management System”, which they claim is the first color management system on an Android device to support the full DCI-P3 wide color gamut and 10-bit color depth from capture, storage, and display.
“Qualcomm Technologies’ latest Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform offers huge improvements to 5G, imaging, and AI experience,” said Alen Wu, OPPO Vice President and President of Global Sales. “We are excited to be one of the firsts to release [sic] flagship smartphone featuring Snapdragon 888 in the first quarter of 2021.”
Think it is a pretty safe bet that @RealmeMobiles will be setting the bar for most affordable 5G flagship using @Qualcomm #Snapdragon 888 with this "Race" smartphone. Note: Its 2020 flagship Realme X50 shipped at $600 with the Snapdragon 865. pic.twitter.com/xdchGRLbQd
— Ben Wood (@benwood) December 1, 2020
Finally, Realme confirmed its upcoming flagship smartphone code-named “Race” will also include the Snapdragon 888 processor when the device becomes available next year. While Realme doesn’t share any details about the mysterious smartphone in the press release beyond the fact that it’ll include Qualcomm’s new chipset, multiple members of the media and analysts were sent a render of the device and a screenshot of the phone’s “About Phone” page. The device will supposedly feature Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and launch under the model name RMX2202.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 was only just announced and already there’s some really good support behind it. These devices are expected to launch in the early part of 2021, so it won’t be much longer until we learn more. For now, you can learn more about the Snapdragon 888 by visiting our initial coverage from today but stay tuned for tomorrow as we’ll have the full details on Qualcomm’s new platform.