Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 888 5G processor virtual Snapdragon Summit today. It is the latest advanced chipset from the company, which will power all of the flagship smartphones in the coming year. Includes Samsung Galaxy S21, OnePlus 9, and many more. That is due to arrive very early next year.
Xiaomi was the first to announce that it will use Snapdragon 888 5G in its upcoming Mi 11 series of smartphones. And who will be “among the first” to use the new Snapdragon 888 5G. The way it was formulated means Xiaomi may not be the first to market, and it may still be Samsung. But it will be among the first.
Details about the Snapdragon 888 5G are scarce
Usually, Qualcomm will announce the name and some other aspects of the new chipset early in the week of the Snapdragon Summit. Then break up other details later in the week. This is what happens this time. So we don’t know much about Snapdragon 888 5G yet. Other than the fact that it is very powerful.
The Snapdragon 888 5G comes with the company’s third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem. This modem will include worldwide Sub-6 and mmWave connectivity support. There is also support for 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-chipset and dynamic spectrum sharing.
Snapdragon Elite Gaming is also getting some updates, with gaming improvements that will now support 144Hz displays. Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 888 5G delivers the “most significant upgrade” in GPU performance.
Snapdragon 888 5G also brings a comprehensive overhaul to the Spectra ISP. It will be capable of capturing photos and videos at a speed of 2.7 Gbps. That’s approximately 120 photos of 12 megapixels.
Currently, there are 14 manufacturers that have announced that they will be using Snapdragon 888 early next year. Including ASUS, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, Realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE. Samsung is noticeably absent, although that doesn’t mean the Galaxy S21 will not run on Snapdragon 888 5G.