Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 888 processor, at their annual Snapdragon Tech Summit.
“Creating premium experiences takes a relentless focus on innovation. It takes long term commitment, even in the face of immense uncertainty,” said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated. “It takes an organization that’s focused on tomorrow, to continue to deliver the technologies that redefine premium experiences.”
The Snapdragon 888 has the company’s 3rd Gen X60 5G modem and includes support for both mmWave and sub-6 5G networks globally.
The new 6th Gen AI Engine has been improved for better AI performance and power efficiency. The chip also features the 2nd Gen version of Qualcomm Sensing Hub which incorporates lower-power always-on AI processing for intuitive, intelligent features.
The chip will have support for displays with a 144Hz refresh rate which should be great for gamers and gaming phones.
The Snapdragon 888 should help with computational photography, thanks to their Spectra ISP that can capture photos and videos at 2.7 gigapixels per second or around 120 photos at 12MP. That’s a 35% boost over the previous generation.
Qualcomm also announced which OEMs will be using the Snapdragon 888 processor in their upcoming 2021 phones. Those include:
- Black Shark
Notably absent is Samsung, it’s unclear if the upcoming S21 series will be using the Snapdragon 888 or Samsung’s own Exynos processors.
We’ll see the first Snapdragon 888-powered phones in the coming months.