Qualcomm on Tuesday unveiled the Snapdragon 888 5G cellular platform as its next-generation flagship system-on-chip (SoC) for premium smartphones at a digital keynote held throughout the first day of the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020. The brand new chip, which is the successor to final 12 months’s Snapdragon 865 SoC and was speculated can be named the Snapdragon 875 SoC up till now, comes with a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem that’s touted to allow compatibility for each mmWave and sub-6 networks throughout all main bands worldwide. The Snapdragon 888 SoC can also be designed to ship an upgraded pictures expertise, with an all-new Qualcomm Spectra ISP.
As a big improve over the Snapdragon 865 that was launched across the similar time final 12 months, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC comes with a sixth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine that comes together with a “fully redesigned” Qualcomm Hexagon processor to ship new synthetic intelligence (AI) experiences.
Producers together with Asus, Black Shark, LG, Lenovo, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE are anticipated to carry their gadgets primarily based on the Snapdragon 888 SoC subsequent 12 months. Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun additionally confirmed throughout the keynote that its Mi 11 shall be one of many first gadgets to return with the newest SoC.
The San Diego-based firm claimed that in comparison with the earlier technology, the brand new cellular platform would offer improved efficiency and energy effectivity in AI processing — all at a fee of 26 tera operations per second (TOPS). There’s additionally a second-generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub for lower-power, always-on AI processing.
Particularly for players, the Snapdragon 888 SoC comes with a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming cellular engine that features updatable GPU drivers, desktop ahead rendering, and body charges reaching as much as 144 frames per second.
The brand new Snapdragon SoC additionally consists of the next-generation Spectra ISP that’s able to capturing images and movies at as much as 2.7 gigapixels per second, which interprets to roughly 120 images at 12-megapixel decision. That is as much as 35 p.c sooner than the earlier technology ISP accessible on the Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Qualcomm has supplied the third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem-RF system on the Snapdragon 888 SoC to allow wider 5G compatibility. The brand new built-in modem brings help for 5G provider aggregation, world multi-SIM, standalone and non-standalone (SA and NSA) networks, and dynamic spectrum sharing.
To reveal new capabilities of the Snapdragon 888 SoC throughout the keynote, Qualcomm confirmed two radio-controlled (RC) race vehicles related completely utilizing a 5G mmWave community that had been managed from over a mile away utilizing a Snapdragon 888 reference design. The 5G community enabling the expertise was inbuilt collaboration with Verizon and Ericsson. Additional, the reference design included the Qualcomm Location Suite to focus on improved accuracy by way of the newest improvement.
Detailed specs of the Snapdragon 888 SoC shall be introduced on the day-2 session on Wednesday.
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