Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Features and Highlights


Qualcomm has announced their next flagship chipset: Snapdragon 888 5G chipset was officially announced, and after the release, everyone started talking about the brand new Snapdragon 888 as they are ready to give 4K video recording facility with this chipset.

World’s cheapest and the largest smartphone market is in China, and each SOC manufacturers are trying to make their own place inside the market. Rather than in the other countries, Kirin and the Density SOC are the companies which are leading in the Chinese Smartphone Market, and as a UK product, Snapdragon doesn’t earn that much reputation in the Chinese market. Even Qualcomm received the licence to supply 4G SOC to Huawei, Huawei announced that they don’t have any plans or ideas to use Qualcomm chips into their devices.

Snapdragon 888 is considered as one of the luckiest numbers in china which 8 indicates the infinity and success. This was the reason for Qualcomm to name their latest chipset as Snapdragon 888. Rather than in their previous versions, Qualcomm has announced the highlights and the advancements in the Snapdragon 888.

Snapdragon 888 Features

CPU & GPU Design

Snapdragon 888 5G chipset is 5nm octa-core, defined based on the Snapdragon 865 architecture. The Kyro 680 CPU will power up the Snapdragon 888 SOC nd in the Kyro 680 CPU we can find four Cortex-A55 cores(4xCortex-A55), three Cortex-A78 cores(3xCortex-A78) and one Cortex-X1 core. They make the Kyro 680 to boost CPU performance by 25% than the previous versions.

Snapdragon 888
Snapdragon 888

Adreno 660 GPU is used as the GPU in Snapdragon 888 with the variable rate shading feature, which was limited to PC games and Consoles earlier. With this feature, Modern games can be played in higher frame rates for a long time, and Quick touch feature is also added and by using that 20% higher response rate can be experienced in the FPS games like PUBG, Call of Duty: Mobile. Overall, 35% of GPU performances were increased than the Snapdragon 856 Chipset, and mobile gaming experience will be taken to the next level with the Snapdragon 888 5G chipset.

Adreno 660 GPU

5G Connectivity

Using the Snapdragon 865 Chipset, adding a 5G modem is needed to get the 5G connectivity, and that gives a bad experience to the users. As a solution, X60 5G Modem was pre-inserted to the Snapdragon 888 SOC, and it will support both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G Networks by giving a speed of 7.5Gbps. Apart from that this modem will support Global 5G Multi-SIM, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing and carrier Aggregation. The Snapdragon 888 comes with the Qualcomm fast connect 6900 Mobile Connectivity system which supports for the next generation Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E and to the Bluetooth 5.2

Camera Improvement

In the official press note, Qualcomm company said that with the Snapdragon 888 chipset, the mobile smartphone could be converted into a professional Quality camera. This chipset is armed with Tripple Image Signal Processor(ISP), and by using three cameras, users will be able to capture 4K HDR video footages with a Smartphone. With the Spectra 580 ISP, Photos or videos 2.7 Gigapixels per second or 120 Photos can be capture in a 12MP resolution. Moreover, this supports to 200MP photos, 10-bit colour depth, Slo-mo at 960FPS, Dolby Vision video recording and Multi-frame noise reduction features as well.

Snapdragon 888 Camera
Snapdragon 888 Camera

AI Capabilities

This chip is made with a 6th gen Qualcomm AI Engine powered with Hexagon 780 processor and with this AI- Acceleration architecture, smartphones which using the Snapdragon 888, 26 TOPS (Tera Operations Per Second)
the performance was given to the users to have a smooth user experience without any lags or bugs.

Snapdragon 888 AI-Processor
Snapdragon 888 AI-Processor

Security Upgrades

Instead of standard security features including Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit, Trusted Executing Environment and Cloud-based Wireless Edge Service, Another two options were given with the Snapdragon 888 chipset. The first one will be the Hypervisor Security Feature which works same as a PC user account, and you can manually select which features and how should the device perform in different places such as Work Place, Home, etc. Users can protect both their personal and work data by just enabling this security feature.

Hypervisor Security Feature
Hypervisor Security Feature

And the next feature will be the Content Authenticity Initiative supported Camera setup to our smartphone which is capable of reading and reading cryptographically-signed images.

More than 15 smartphone manufacturers are going to continue their mobiles with this brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, and those companies would be Xiaomi, Oneplus, Sony, VIVO, Oppo, Realme, Meizu, ZTE, Black Shark, Lenovo, Nubia, Asus, Motorolla, Sharp and LG. Before a day passed after the announcement, Vivo smartphone was featured on the GEEKBENCH with the Snapdragon 888, and in the Single-Core test, it shows 1135 points while in the Multi-Core test it shows 3681 points.

When it comes to Snapdragon 888 vs kirin 9000 comparison, Kirin SOC got only 1014 points, and Snapdragon 888 is on the leed in the Single-Core test, but in Multi-Core Score, Kirin 9000 is on the leed by getting a score of 3715. However, more devices powering with the Snapdragon 888 5G chipset will be there in the market by 2021 January.

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