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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform Announced; Here’s Everything You Need To Know.

Qualcomm has announced its latest flagship chipset, a new mobile platform dubbed as Snapdragon 888 5G. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. unveiled the chipset at the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital 2020. It is the successor to the popular Snapdragon 865 that ruled the 2020 flagship smartphones. Snapdragon 888 5G comes with major advancements and will feature interesting specs that will dominate the 2021 flagship smartphones. So, we will be knowing about the latest snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform below. 

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“Qualcomm’s history of breakthrough technology inventions has paved the way for our continued leadership in the premium-tier mobile segment,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile, compute and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The new flagship Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform will enable OEMs to further differentiate their devices and allows users to experience the latest cutting-edge mobile technologies.”

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Features

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Overview

AI Processing 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G AI

Snapdragon 888 Chipset takes a huge step in the field of AI. It comes equipped with the 6th generation Qualcomm AI Engine with the new Hexagon 780 processor. Qualcomm Hexagon 780 Processor features a fused AI-accelerator architecture that helps to offer the Qualcomm AI

Engine performance of up to an astonishing 26 TOPS (tera operations per second). It provides a three times performance per watt improvement compared to the last generation. The chipset has new 16times larger shared AI memory meaning that there’s up to 1000x improvement for hand-off time in certain use cases. Isn’t that impressive?  It is also equipped with the 2nd generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub, which integrates a dedicated always on, low-power AI processor to perform tasks like screen awake, lift and activity detection, and audio event detection.

5G Connectivity

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Connectivity

Snapdragon 888 is truly the connectivity powerhouse. Unlike its predecessor the chipset finally comes fully integrated with an integrated 5G modem. In the case of the 865 processor, the manufacturers had to incorporate the separate modem chip to provide connectivity. So, as a result the smartphones became more expensive. Now, that issue has been solved.

Snapdragon 888 5G is the world’s first platform with 5G carrier aggregation across TDD-FDD bands. Mobile Platform incorporates the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System, that supports the Fastest Wi-Fi 6 speeds of any mobile Wi-Fi offering in the industry (up to 3.6 Gbps). It has the World’s fastest uplink and downlink 5G speeds, i.e. Up to 7.5 Gbps of downlink & Up to 3 Gbps uplink speeds. 


The mobile platform features the new Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP that is the first Snapdragon with a Triple Image Signal Processor (ISP), capable of capturing from three cameras simultaneously. It is 35% faster than the previous generation with processing speed of up to 2.7 Gigapixels per second and one will be able to enjoy 12 MP Burst Photo Capture feature at 120 fps. 

Snapdragon 888 has new 4K HDR with computational HDR video capture provides dramatic improvements to color, contrast, and detail. It also comes with true 10-bit HDR photo capture that captures over a billion shades of color. The chipset acquires new Low Light architecture and you’ll get to capture brighter and clear photos even in near-complete darkness. So, nightlife photographers rejoice. 


Snapdragon 888 is manufactured using the most advanced 5nm process technology. The chipset comprises of the first-ever ARM Cortex-X1 performance CPU that works at 2.84GHz, three big Cortex-A78 that peaks at 2.4GHz, and four Cortex-A55 low power CPU that clocks at 1.8GHz.The Qualcomm kryo 680 generates up to a 25% uplift in overall CPU performance and allows top frequencies of up to 2.84GHz. It offers a graphics rendering of up to 35% faster in comparison to its predecessors. 


Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Gaming

For gaming you will also find significant upgrades and improvements on the Snapdragon 888 chipset. Snapdragon 888 comes with the support of  Variable Rate Shading (VRS) for the first time to mobile devices. It provides up to 30% performance improvement for gamers and gives lowers latency for the ultimate competitive advantage with Qualcomm Game Quick Touch.

The Qualcomm Kryo 680 CPU goes on and enables 25% higher performance and incredible power efficiency. With the speeds and low latencies that 5G and Wi-Fi 6 deliver, elite gamers can unite or compete in real-time for unmatched global competition.

Security Upgrades

Snapdragon 888 has many security measures to keep on-device user data private as it is vital in this mobile world. Snapdragon 888 is the first snapdragon mobile platform to feature a new Type-1 Hypervisor, which provides a new way to protect and isolate datarun by running multiple OSes simultaneously with enhanced security. It also supports Truepic, cryptography and is the world’s first camera that is compliant with the Content Authenticity Initiative feature. So, it gives utmost priority to the security. 

Smartphone Brands To Feature the Chipset First In Their Devices

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Brands

The list of brands incorporating the mobile platform for the first in their smartphones are listed below:

Why named Qualcomm Snapdragon 888?

The mobile platform was supposed to be named as Qualcomm Snapdragon 875. But the company named it as Snapdragon 888. So, what might be the reason for it?  

The reason is pretty interesting, Qualcomm said during the keynote that number 888 is the most premium name possible. And the reason is As per the Chinese culture number 888 is the symbol of triple luck and brings  prosperity. So, to continue the ongoing success of the mobile platform the company opted to go with the name Snapdragon 888. 

Another reason might be that out of the 14 partners of Qualcomm, their 12 partners are China-based manufacturers. To ensure the adaptability of its flagship chipset with the ongoing US-China trade confontrations, they opted for Snapdragon 888.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Availability

Snapdragon 888 mobile platform is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2021. Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone Mi11, Realme’s flagship device dubbed Race, Oppo’s Find X series, etc. are in the race of introducing the first smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. 

So, what are your thoughts about the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Chipset? We are for sure excited to get the experience of the mobile platform. Do let us know your views in the comment section below.

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