Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 888 Soc

Snapdragon 888 Soc
Snapdragon 888 Soc

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Qualcomm has just unveiled the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform on the first day of its annual summit ‘Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020’. This is the successor to last year’s Snapdragon 865 SoC. This new Soc was speculated to be called Snapdragon 875 until now.

Snapdragon 888 SoC comes with a third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem that brings both mmWave and sub-6 networks. This modem also supports 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-SIM, standalone, and non-standalone (SA and NSA) networks.

It also has an all-new Qualcomm Spectra ISP. It is capable of capturing photos and videos at up to 2.7 gigapixels per second that is around 120 photos at 12-megapixel. This makes the new ISP up to 35 percent faster than the ISP used in Snapdragon 865 SoC.

The company boasts better AI performance and improved power efficiency in AI processing. It also includes 2nd gen Qualcomm Sensing Hub for lower-power and always-on AI processing.

Snapdragon 888 SoC has 3rd gen Snapdragon Elite Gaming mobile engine that includes desktop forward rendering, updatable GPU drivers, and up to 144 fps performance.

Several smartphone manufacturers including Asus, Black Shark, LG, Lenovo, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE have already signed up to bring this Soc in their flagship phones. Verizon and Japan’s NTT DoCoMo have also announced the support for this new Soc. We should know more details on future plans tomorrow.

Qualcomm is still the number 1 smartphone chip make with a 29% market share but its rival MediaTek is growing and managed to get a 26% market share in the second quarter of 2020. So, Qualcomm chips coming next year will be really important for the company.

Update: Here’s detailed specs and specs comparison with Snapdragon 865.

SoCSnapdragon 865Snapdragon 888
CPU1x Cortex-A77
2.84GHz 1x512KB pL2

3x Cortex-A77
2.42GHz 3x256KB pL2

4x Cortex-A55
@ 1.80GHz 4x128KB pL2

4MB sL3
1x Cortex-X1
@ 2.84GHz 1x1024KB pL2

3x Cortex-A78
@ 2.42GHz 3x512KB pL2

4x Cortex-A55
@ 1.80GHz 4x128KB pL2

4MB sL3
GPUAdreno 650 @ 587 MHz

 
Adreno 660

+35% perfonce boost
DSP / NPUHexagon 698

15 TOPS AI
(Total CPU+GPU+HVX+Tensor)
Hexagon 780

26 TOPS AI
(Total CPU+GPU+HVX+Tensor)
Memory
Controller
4x 16-bit CH

@ 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 33.4GB/s
or
@ 2750MHz LPDDR5  /  44.0GB/s

3MB system level cache
4x 16-bit CH

3200MHz LPDDR5  /  51.2GB/s

3MB system level cache
ISP/CameraDual 14-bit Spectra 480 ISP

1x 200MP or 64MP with ZSL
or
2x 25MP with ZSL



4K video & 64MP burst capture
Triple 14-bit Spectra 580 ISP

1x 200MP or 84MP with ZSL
or
64+25MP with ZSL
or
3x 28MP with ZSL

4K video & 64MP burst capture
Encode/
Decode
8K30 / 4K120 10-bit H.265

Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG

720p960 infinite recording
8K30 / 4K120 10-bit H.265

Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG

720p960 infinite recording
Integrated Modem(Paired with external X55 only)

(LTE Category 24/22)
DL = 2500 Mbps
7x20MHz CA, 1024-QAM
UL = 316 Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 7000 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps
X60 integrated


(LTE Category 24/22)
DL = 2500 Mbps
7x20MHz CA, 1024-QAM
UL = 316 Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 7500 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps
Mfc. ProcessTSMC
7nm (N7P)
Samsung
5nm (5LPE)

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