Qualcomm announces next flagship Snapdragon SoC most of us won’t get

Realme confirms flagship smartphone ‘Race’ will launch with Snapdragon 888

In addition, the chip emphasizes gaming, the camera and artificial intelligence, said Alex Katouzian, Qualcomm's senior vice president and general manager for mobile, compute and infrastructure. Qualcomm has produced new Saliency Auto Focus and Auto Exposure engines, which will help improve image accuracy.

The Snapdragon 888 is based on a 5nm architecture and also has an integrated 5G modem that supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum. Soon after, companies rushed to announce their devices powered by the new SoC. Xiaomi and Realme were on the same page while announcing that their smartphone will be "one of the firsts" to use the latest Mobile Platform. For Wi-Fi networks, in turn, the chip supports the latest Wi-Fi E6 standard, which makes it possible to send data over a larger number of frequencies as a way of increasing throughput.

The company did refer to this device as "Race", but that is its codename only. Featuring the new Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP, this platform is the first Snapdragon with a triple image signal processor (ISP), capable of capturing from three cameras simultaneously at up to 2.7 gigapixels per second.

The latter feature could potentially enable new app use cases for smartphones with multiple cameras.

We'll update you with more Snapdragon 888 news as its revealed this week. Not only can you switch between multiple camera modules instantly, but the SD888 can also record from three sensors at the same time. On top of that, it also allows for photos to be captured in 10-bit color in HEIF.

Snapdragon 888 is armed with the full Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming arsenal, said the company. Snapdragon 888 delivers variable rate shading (VRS) for the first time to mobile devices. Qualcomm Game Quick Touch increases responsiveness by up to 20%, lowering touch latency and giving the ultimate advantage in multiplayer games.

The increased computing capacity partially stems from the fact that the CPU and the rest of the Snapdragon 888 are manufactured using newer fabrication technology.

For the graphics part, the Snapdragon 888's GPU is 35% faster and 20% more energy efficient.

The Snapdragon 888 wouldn't be notable if there weren't already manufacturers developing with it.

This next-generation chip offers some big gains over its predecessors with Qualcomm revealing during day two of its Tech Summit that the 888 generates up to a 25 percent uplift in overall CPU performance and its biggest performance leap yet when it comes to the GPU with it delivering up to 35 percent faster graphics rendering compared to the previous generation.



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