Qualcomm is hoping for its own game-changing moment with the announcement of its latest mobile application processor, the Snapdragon 888. Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset specifications and performance capabilities have been detailed by the company a day after making its announcement at the virtual keynote during the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020.
The Snapdragon 888 SoC is designed to deliver 25% higher processing power and 25% faster graphics rendering than last year’s Snapdragon 865. The new Snapdragon chipset, which is meant for 2021 flagship Android smartphones, also comes with the third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem to deliver an enhanced 5G connectivity across global networks.
Snapdragon 888 Specifications
This Snapdragon 888 chipset is based on Samsung’s 5nm process technology, carries one core of 64-bit Kryo 680 based on ARM Cortex-X1 at up to 2.84GHz, along with three Kryo 680 cores based on Cortex-A78 at up to 2.42GHz and four cores of Cortex-A55-based Kryo 680 at up to 1.8GHz. The chipset comes with the Adreno 660 GPU that supports OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 FP, and Vulkan 1.1.
Snapdragon 888 chipset supports up to 4K display at 60Hz or QHD+ resolution at 144Hz. It also supports HDR and HDR10+ standards. There is a Hexagon Voice Assistant Accelerator for hardware-accelerated voice signal processing.
Additionally, the chipset comes with Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec. There is also support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 technology for fast charging.
New Features and Support in Snapdragon 888
Alongside the new Kryo unit- Kryo 680, Snapdragon 888 Soc is more power-efficient than previous generations. It comes with on-device security features. This is from Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit and Qualcomm Trusted Execution Environment. For securing user data over wireless connections, it has support for cloud service, Qualcomm Wireless Edge Services. This is meant to measure the security of the device and its wireless connections in real-time.
The Snapdragon 888 chipset can support 16GB RAM alongside LPDDR 5 memory of 3200 MHz instead of LPDRR 4x memory of 2600 MHz. It includes Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec. There is also support for Qualcomm Quick Charge AI technology for fast charging.
Other features include Type-1 Hypervisor. This designed to secure and isolate data between apps and multiple operating systems available on the same device. The capability of capturing cryptographically-sealed photos. These are compliant with the open Content Authenticity Initiative standard. An all-new AI architecture. The new AI Engine is can deliver up to three times performance per watt improvement over the previous generation, at a rate of 26 Tera operations per second (TOPS).
There is also the second-generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub that includes a dedicated low-power AI processor to enable features such as screen awake, lift and activity detection, and audio event detection.
For network connectivity, there is the Snapdragon X60 modem with support for 5G mmWave and sub-6GHz networks based on standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes. The modem also includes multimode support for 5G NR, LTE, WCDMA, HSPA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1x, EV-DO, GSM/ EDGE networks.
Snapdragon 888 Soc also includes the FastConnect 6900 system that brings Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 5, and 802.11 a/b/g/n, along with Bluetooth 5.2. Further, the chipset includes support for GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC, and SBAS. It also supports NFC.
Phots, Videos, and Gaming
For photos and videos, the latest Snapdragon chipset comes with Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP that is a first in the series with triple image signal processing. It is capable of capturing from three cameras simultaneously at a processing speed of up to 2.7 gigapixels per second. The ISP also enables 128fps burst shots and allows users to capture three 4K HDR videos at the same time.
There is a new low-light architecture that claimes to help capture brighter photos, even in near-darkness. It also brings 10-bit color depth in the HEIF format for capturing vivid colors.
Specifically for mobile gamers, the chipset comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming which is meant to provide the highest HDR quality graphics, along with desktop-level capabilities. The chipset also brings Variable Rate Shading (VRS) to mobile devices. It helps to improve game rendering by up to 30%. There is also Qualcomm Game Quick Touch that increases screen responsiveness by up to 20%.