Today, December 2, Qualcomm released detailed specifications for the new flagship mobile chip (system on a chip) Snapdragon 888. This is the first mobile processor based on the ARM Cortex-X1 microarchitecture.
The novelty has received a lot of changes and improvements over the predecessor Snapdragon 865 in all directions. The GPU, CPU, neural processor, as well as the built-in modem and signal coprocessors have been improved.
Qualcomm’s new Hexagon 780 neural processor is capable of processing 26 trillion operations per second (TOPS). This gain is achieved through a twice as powerful Tensor Unit (TPU) and a 50% improved scalar accelerator. Hexagon 780 also delivers three times more performance per watt of power.
The Snapdragon 888 has a built-in third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF with support for 5G Sub-6 and mmWave. This enables devices to operate on the network at speeds up to 7.5 Gbps.
In addition, the platform has a Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 module – it brings Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E support to the system, Bluetooth 5.2 for more reliable audio transmission with minimal latency, two-channel Bluetooth, Qualcomm aptX protocol with advanced audio coding and modulation algorithms …
Signal processor Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP is capable of simultaneously processing information from three cameras at once, with a total resolution of up to 2.7 gigapixels per second. The Snapdragon 888-powered smartphones will have the ability to shoot up to 120 frames per second in high resolution for action shots. We also improved the quality of HDR 4K video recording in terms of color reproduction, contrast and detail. Support for slow-motion shooting in 720p resolution – 960 frames per second, as well as regular shooting in 8K at 30 frames per second.
Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP is capable of better processing of images in night mode. Also, thanks to its integration on smartphones, photography will appear with a 10-bit color depth in HEIF format – this will allow capturing more than a billion shades of colors.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming arsenal is responsible for ultra-smooth processing of console-level HDR graphics, accurate rendering of shadows using the Variable Rate Shading (VRS) algorithm. Qualcomm Game Quick Touch reduces click latency by 20%. And support for 5G and Wi-Fi 6 reduces ping, which takes mobile gaming to the next level.
The system-on-a-chip integrates a 64-bit Qualcomm Kryo 680 central processing unit, created using a 5-nanometer processors. The Kryo 680 is also the first CPU built using the ARM Cortex-X1 microarchitecture. It includes one very powerful Cortex-X1 core up to 2.84 GHz, three high-performance Cortex-A78 cores, and four energy efficient Cortex-A55 cores. Adreno 660 with support for Vulkan 1.1 API, OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 FP is used as a graphics subsystem.
Compared to its predecessor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the new item’s central processing unit provides a performance increase of 25%, and has a higher efficiency by the same 25%. The GPU offers a 35% jump in performance over the previous generation.
“Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is the best mobile platform at the moment. The system on a chip includes support for 5G networks, a powerful neuro-engine, advanced mobile gaming and photography. New technologies can transform a flagship smartphone into a professional camera, an intelligent pocket assistant and a powerful portable game console“, – noted in the press release of the company.
The first Snapdragon 888 devices should hit the market in the first quarter of 2021. Recently it became known that the company is also considering the HONOR brand as a partner. Overall, more than a dozen companies plan to introduce flagship smartphones based on Snapdragon 888 in the foreseeable future.
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