Qualcomm Reveals the Chipset to Power Your Next Phone

Snapdragon 875 was an unofficial temporary name given to Qualcomm's upcoming flagship-grade chipset but the actual product turned out to carry the Snapdragon 888 moniker. This particular chip uses the 3rd generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem to give you 5G band access no matter the frequency or country. The chip supports Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-SIM and more.

As for Realme, the company has revealed that they are working on a smartphone with the codename "Race" that will also be powered by the Snapdragon 888, but what's interesting is that it could be one of the cheapest Snapdragon 888 powered smartphones.

The 888 also brings Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, meaning the 888 brings the best of the best in connectivity.

Without taking this to an overly technical level, you can expect big gains in AI performance on the Snapdragon 888 thanks to a second generation "Sensing Hub" which will help offload lower-power operations from parts of the chipset with a high power draw to increase performance. In fact, the Day 1 release mentioned that the 888 brings the "most significant upgrade in Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance", but unfortunately this is outside of Geekbench's purview. Snapdragon 888 adopts a new naming method, which was exposed before the official release, but at that time, some netizens thought it was a joke.


The Snapdragon 888 chipset also boasts a new, faster-by-35% Qualcomm Spectra ISP that's technically capable of capturing photos and videos at 2.7 gigapixels per second. There also is new HDR capabilities, with 10-bit color depth in HEIF format. In terms of games, it integrates the third-generation Snapdragon Elite Gaming.

The chipset was built on a 5nm process and it's the first to be based on the ARM Cortex-X1 subsystem. The Qualcomm® Adreno™ 660 GPU achieves its biggest performance leap yet, delivering up to 35% faster graphics rendering compared to the previous generation.

Security: Snapdragon 888 includes many security measures for keeping on-device user data private including Qualcomm® Secure Processing Unit, Qualcomm® Trusted Execution Environment, and support for Qualcomm® Wireless Edge Services - a cloud service that Snapdragon can interact with for apps and services to measure the security of the devices and its wireless connections in real-time for secure experiences. Unlike other markets, the Chinese smartphone market does not have a preference for Snapdragon chips.

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