Snapdragon 888 5G has been officially announced. The new Qualcomm flagship chip comes with faster gaming, better photography, and improved performance. The successor to the existing Snapdragon 865 series, this new Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform has been launched for premium flagships.
The new chip will offer better performance, superior experience and gaming.
The upcoming Snapdragon 888 phones include OnePlus 9 series, Realme Ace, Mi 11 Pro with other top flagships from Asus, Oppo, Vivo and Samsung.
Snapdragon 888 SoC has 3rd generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G Modem supporting mmWave and sub-6 wavelengths across all major bands worldwide with support for 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-SIM, stand alone, non-standalone, and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing.
The Snapdragon 888 5G platform uses 6th generation Qualcomm AI Engine which sports a newly re-engineered Qualcomm Hexagon processor and 2nd generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub for lower-power always-on AI processing.
In terms of gaming, the chip uses Snapdragon Elite Gaming with updateable GPU Drivers, Desktop Forward Rendering, and support for up to 144 frames per second while gaming.
Coming to photography, Snapdragon 888 will cut down the computational photography by three times and with time will transform the top-end smartphones into “professional quality cameras”. SD 888 5G has the new Qualcomm Spectra ISP which can capture photos and videos at 2.7 gigapixels per second (around 120 photos at 12-megapixel resolution), 35 percent faster than the previous generation.
Upcoming Snapdragon 888 Phones 2021: Upcoming Smartphones 2021
Snapdragon 888 is set to power the next range of flagships starting in early 2021. Here are some of the expected upcoming Snapdragon 888 phones in 2021.
First-ever Snapdragon 888 phone could be from Realme, the upcoming Realme Ace. As per leaked sources, the world’s first Snapdragon 888 phone could come from the house of Realme. Realme may launch Realme 7 Ace with Snapdragon 888 early next year. Snapdragon 888 will come in late this year, the tentative launch is in December. Realme VP Xu Qi hinted at a possible exclusive tie-up with Snapdragon Qualcomm.
The top SoC will power the next-gen high-end Realme phones starting with Realme Ace followed by Realme X60 Pro 5G, Realme X4 Pro and more.
Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10 series run on the latest Snapdragon 865, and the company is also bringing Mi 10 to India. Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are powered by Snapdragon 865. Next year, the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro will be powered by the top Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 888. The names are yet to be confirmed, so they could be Mi 20 and Mi 20 Pro as well.
Mi 10 series launched back in February. The next Mi flagships will happen in January 2021 as per sources, and it will be among the first smartphones in the world to be powered by Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Redmi K40 Pro / Poco F3 Pro
Both Redmi K30 series devices are already out, and soon Redmi K30 Pro will come to India as Poco F2 Pro or Poco X2 Pro with Snapdragon 865 powering it. As Redmi K30 Pro dons the latest Qualcomm flagship, the next generation Redmi K40 Pro will run on Snapdragon 888, which may come to India as Poco F3 Pro or Poco X3 Pro in 2021.
Redmi K40 Pro will come with 120Hz refresh rate display, multi camera setup, 12GB RAM, 5G connectivity and more. The device will be powered by Snapdragon 888.
Realme X4 Pro
Realme unveiled Realme X2 Pro with Snapdragon 855 Plus in 2019, and they will be upgrading it with Realme X3 Pro in 2020 with Snapdragon 865. The next successor, Realme X4 Pro will be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 888 chip. The company may opt for a punch-hole display this time for Realme X3 Pro with Snapdragon 865 powering the smartphone.
With the penta camera fever catching up, Realme X3 Pro might come with a penta camera. Realme X3 is about to launch in a few weeks, and Realme X4 series will soon hit the development phase with two new devices: Realme X4 and Realme X4 Pro, where the latter will run on Snapdragon 888.
Realme X60 Pro
Realme unveiled a top-end 5G smartphone in 2020, the Realme X50 Pro. Realme X50 Pro 5G supports dual-mode NSA and SA 5G network helmed by the Snapdragon 865 processor. Similarly, the successor will also be powered by the next generation Qualcomm flagship chip, the Snapdragon 888 in 2021.
Realme X60 Pro will again support dual-mode 5G connectivity with upgraded internals. Realme X60 Pro 5G will be powered by Snapdragon 888 with 5G support backed by other top features.
Samsung Galaxy S30, Galaxy S30+, Galaxy S30 Ultra
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S130 series series will launch in early 2021, and it will have three devices under the series as the current S20 series: standard Galaxy S30, Galaxy S30+ and Galaxy S30+ Ultra. The Galaxy S30 series will come with upgraded internals and some slew changes on the out including the optics.
Galaxy S30 series will be powered by Snapdragon 888 featuring Dynamic AMOLED panels with Quad HD+ resolution. It may continue with the box shaped modules for rear cameras with multiple sensors for different purposes.
OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 8 series is already out, and now there’s OnePlus Z in the line with OnePlus 8T series later in the year. The company for the first time adopted a punch-hole design technology with the current Qualcomm chip under the hood. The OnePlus smartphones next year will be powered by Snapdragon 888, the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.
Both the OnePlus 9 smartphones will be powered by Snapdragon 888, expected to launch in mid-2021 globally, probably in April 2021.
Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6XL
While we are yet to get Pixel 5 series, if the company chooses to continue with their smartphones, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6XL will be powered by Snapdragon 888. The Pixel series haven’t been able to generate much buzz among smartphone buyers, and Google will try to make it up with Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5XL.
In spite of being good smartphones, the Pixel still aren’t the bestsellers in the market, so a lot is depending upon the upcoming Pixel 5 smartphones. In 2021, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6XL will come with the latest Snapdragon 888 platform.
Samsung Galaxy Note 12, Galaxy Note 12 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 12 series will come in 2021. Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 will power Note 12 and Note 12 Plus in the US, and the top-end similarly powered Exynos chip in other countries including India. Galaxy Note 12 series will have certain improvements over the current series alongside a 5G model. Galaxy Note 12 series will also have two models, a standard and a plus variant.
Coming to optics, Galaxy Note 12 is expected to have a multi camera setup with a quad or penta camera system apart from Snapdragon 888 under the hood.
Oppo Find X3, Oppo Reno 4
The Snapdragon 888 smartphone is expected in the form of Oppo Find X3. Another BBK-owned company, Oppo has flagship smartphones running on the latest Snapdragon flagship chip, and hence it will definitely be upgrading it’s next flagship with the upcoming Snapdragon 888.
Snapdragon 888 will power different Oppo phones, which will be a part of the current Reno series, or also the popular Oppo R series, multiple Oppo smartphones will be powered by Snapdragon 888 in 2021.