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December 02, 2020.

Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888.

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Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 888, its new 5nm system on a chip (SoC) with 5G technology, which will power just about every new high-end Android phone in 2021. The Kryo 680 CPU is promising performance improvements of 25 percent over last year’s 865 CPU, with a maximum clock speed of 2.84GHz. As for graphics, the Adreno 660 GPU promises gains of 35%. The 5nm process also supports improved energy-efficiency for the CPU and the GPU, specifically up to 25% for the Kryo 680 and 20% for the Adreno 660. Bowing to client pressure, Qualcomm finally decided to provide its SoC with an on-board 5G modem, namely the X60. This modem supports Wi-Fi 6 as well as the new Wi-Fi 6E, 6GHz standard. The image processor, the Spectra ISP, can simultaneously process three 4K HDR videos or three 28mp photos. The last major change over last year is the sixth-generation Qualcomm AI engine, the Hexagon 780, which should improve the processing of digital photos, games and voice assistants. All these specs should give you a pretty good idea of the possibilities of next year’s flagship Android phones. By the way, the 888 numbering breaks with Snapdragon’s pattern, which should have yielded 875. The change is a nod to Chinese culture, which views 8 as a lucky number: the Beijing Olympics started on 08/08/2008 at 8:08 p.m.. Your first chance to snag a Snapdragon 888 will probably come with the Samsung Galaxy S21, which is due to come out in the first quarter of 2021.

Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo, “Qualcomm’s new flagship SoC is the Snapdragon 888.”


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