Qualcomm is the name of the game when it comes to high-end Android smartphones, and today we get the first details on the sequel. For 2021, the processor we’ll see in many major Android phones will be the Snapdragon 888.
The successor to the Snapdragon 865, the 888 will debut in the Xiaomi Mi 11 series before appearing in flagship phones from LG, OnePlus and more throughout the year. Notably, this is the first time in a long time that Samsung has not used the chip directly, suggesting that the company may looking to switch to his internal Exynos.
Qualcomm will give full details on what the Snapdragon 888 will bring this week, but today we get some key details. On the one hand, the 888 will support displays with a refresh rate of up to 144Hz. Gamers will also appreciate Qualcomm claiming this chip has the “most significant” GPU upgrade to date. The chip also sees an update to its ISP which can now take photos and videos at up to 2.7 gigapixels per second, a 35% increase over the 865. That’s 120 12MP photos per second!
As for 5G, the third generation X60 5G modem is on board and will support Sub-6 and mmWave connectivity. Unlike the previous Snapdragon 865, this modem is integrated directly into the Snapdragon 888, a move that should save space in smartphones.
So far, 14 Android OEMs have been confirmed to be developing devices using the Snapdragon 888, including:
- Black shark
- True me
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