Qualcomm’s new flagship Snapdragon 888 is Here!!

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Qualcomm snapdragon 888 is launched

Last year Qualcomm launched the snapdragon 865 in its Tech Submit. And we got the hand on the flagship 865 that stays in 1 position for the last one year.

But this year, Unfortunately, the Tech Summit is virtual, but the beast is here. But before we discuss the new processor. Why 888? instead of 875 because of some reasons that Qualcomm stated

“The number 8 signifies infinity, success, or inner wisdom. In Sanskrit, it is the number of wealth and abundance, while in Chinese Numerology 888 represents tripe luck.” sounds interesting. 

The overview of the new Snapdragon 888 is

  1. New Architecture – 5mn
  2. Cyro 680 cores with a clock speed up to 2.84Ghz.

These are the same clock speeds same as the snapdragon 865 clock speeds but, These on the cortex x1 architecture. which means 

“25% better in performance and 25% high power efficiency as well,” said Qualcomm.

Cores of Snapdragon 888


Instead of all cortex A-series cores, the snapdragon 888 has four high efficiency cortex a55 cores at 1.8 gigahertz. Three high-performance cortex a78 cores at 2.4 gigahertz and one extreme performance cortex x1 core at 2.84 gigahertz that’s important because the cortex x1 is a code designed purely for performance and

not to strike a balance between performance and power that is insane for the gamers. Snapdragon also talked about the higher upgrades in Camera and Gaming.

Camera Performance

For the first time, Qualcomm has trip ISPs that as new Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP. According to Qualcomm, this time tripe concurrency and tripe parallel processing. That means snapdragon 888 can let smartphones shoot 4k HDR videos from three cameras at the same time and smoothly switch between lenses when zooming in and out while shooting. It also means you can capture from three different sensors at the same time. The new ISP supports 10-bit color depth for photos that means your picture can have a billion colors in it for even higher quality pictures.

Qualcomm has new low light architecture as well that can capture photos in as low as 0.1 Lux lighting. Snapdragon 888 can take burst photos at 120 fps that means you will get sharp images even object is moving around.

The new IPS can support up to 200MP photos and can shoot slow-mo at 960 fps Dolby vision video recording multi-frame noise reduction and a lot more obviously a lot of this depends on what features OEM use in their phones.

But Samsung and Xiaomi focus a lot on camera features in their flagships. We’re hoping we’ll get to see these features in action on the Mi 11 and the Galaxy S21 next year.

Gaming Performance

For gamers, The snapdragon 888 seems to be bringing some mighty impressive features.

It is going to come with HDR gaming, 144 FPS support, and updatable GPU drivers have been around for a while. Snapdragon 888 will support variable-rate shading as well. It’s a feature that’s so far only available on pc games and consoles. But with the Snapdragon 888, it will be its way to smartphone games. Qualcomm claims this will improve rendering speeds by up to 30%. Games should be able to run at Even higher frame rates, and the longer that is a win-win for us.

There’s also the new Qualcomm quick touch feature that will prove helpful in competitive FPS games. With Quick touch, you will experience a 20% faster touch response on Smartphone games. Games, like PUBG mobile or Call of Duty, we know these things can make a lot of difference in those intense moments. There’s also anti-hull that ensures that there’s no audio feedback when you’re playing multiplayer games near the mic on something people who play team multiplayer games like call of duty mobile will appreciate.


The new 888 is powered by the new Arduino 660 GPU that offers 35% faster-rendering speeds and 20 higher power efficiency as compared to the Adreno 650 that was present in the snapdragon 865. Rog Phones all the other gaming phones in 2021 should make use of these gaming features. There are improvements in other areas as well.

Other Improvement

The new Hexagon 780 AI engine brings AI to gaming, cameras

voice assistants, and more with AI and cameras, some exciting features including better autofocus auto white

balance and auto exposure. Qualcomm is saying that ” Arcsoft will use these features and will make your smartphone camera focus, track, and zoom in and out automatically when you’re recording a video. There are also improvements in terms of security the snapdragon 888 comes with a new hypervisor that brings isolated operating systems for each app we can use work profiles, personal profiles, and even others plus Switching between them instantly and they will all remain completely separate from each other which is great for security and privacy.

Lastly, There’s 5g support here as well, The Snapdragon 888 is using a new Qualcomm x60 modem with support for 5g millimeter-wave and sub 6 GHz networks and download speeds up to 7.5 Gbps. The processor also comes with a fast connect 6900 platforms with Bluetooth 5.2 and wi-fi 6E. There’s nothing new here though, The Snapdragon 865 plus also had the fast connect 6900 platforms with wi-fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. Those were some of the most impressive new features in the newly announced snapdragon 888.


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