The processor that will power top Android phones in the second half of the year has just made its debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And Qualcomm is promising a system-on-chip much smarter than its predecessor.
The Snapdragon 888 Plus, presented at a Qualcomm event, improves hardware and optimizes software for the Hexagon 780 processor that powers Qualcomm’s 6th-generation artificial intelligence engine. The result is that this chip can produce 32 trillion operations per second (TOPS) – a 20% increase over the TOPS performance of the Snapdragon 888 chipset launched last December, demonstrating the evolution achieved.
The Kryo CPU in the system on the Snapdragon 888 Plus chip also gains a boost, with Qualcomm boosting the main core speed to 3GHz; it was 2.84 GHz on the Snapdragon 888. This should translate to better browser response time and performance, among other benefits.
On the other hand, Snapdragon 888 Plus features match what Qualcomm offered with Snapdragon 888, including 5G connectivity, Snapdragon Elite Gaming features aimed at bringing console games to mobile devices, and a Spectra 580 triple ISP capable of using up to three lenses simultaneously. Like its predecessor, the new Snapdragon 888 Plus will be the preferred choice for the best Android smartphones launched in Q2 2021.
Specifically, Qualcomm expects phones equipped with the Snapdragon 888 Plus to start appearing on the market during the third quarter of the year. That moment fits well with rumors of the August release of Samsung’s latest folding phones. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are due for release in August, and previous versions of these phones were also equipped with the best Qualcomm processor version available at the time of their release.
The same can be said of the high-end phone normally launched in the second half of the year from OnePlus, which following the previous nomenclature, should be called OnePlus 9T. Typically, the T model of OnePlus’ high-end phones arrives six months after the launch of the manufacturer’s predecessors, so bearing in mind that the OnePlus 9 launch took place in March, the OnePlus 9T is expected to appear in the month of September.
Of course, neither Samsung nor OnePlus were among the phone makers that pledged support for the Snapdragon 888 Plus during Qualcomm’s announcement today. Although the processor manufacturer does not announce which smartphones will use its new processor, the presentation event included testimonials about the Snapdragon 888 Plus from Motorola, ROG division of Asus, Vivo, Xiaomi and Honor.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus Specifications
- CPU: Qualcomm Kryo 680, up to 3GHz, 64-bit.
- GPU: Adreno-660
- AI Engine: Hexagon 780, 32 TOPS
- Modem: Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF, 7.5Gbps DL, 3Gbps UL, Global 5G Multi-SIM
- WiFi: FastConnect 6900, Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 802.11/a/b/g/n
- Chamber: Spectra 580 ISP, Triple camera up to 28 MP, Dual camera up to 64 MP, Single camera up to 200 MP. 720p @ 960 fps, 8K @ 30 fps.
- Screen: 4K @ 60 Hz, QHD+ @ 144 Hz.
- Process: 5 nm.
- Others: Bluetooth 5.2, USB 3.1.