Qualcomm has unveiled its new Snapdragon 888 chipset today. It’s a 5nm chip with next generation architecture, and the first devices with the 888 are expected to be out in Q1 of next year.
The 888 is the first chip to go official with the Cortex-X1 core (ARM’s base design has some Qualcomm tweaks). Compared to the A78, the X1 can execute 33% more instructions per clock, has double the SIMD hardware and the capacity of the L1 and L2 caches has been doubled as well. This core is running at 2.84GHz.
There is a cluster of three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.4GHz. They are joined by four A55 cores running at 1.8GHz. The CPU is also equipped with 4 MB of L3 cache and 3 MB of System cache. The Kryo 680 CPU promises a 25% performance boost over the processor of the S865 chipset. Power efficiency is also up by 25%.
The Adreno 660 targets 35% faster rendering performance while increasing power efficiency by 20%. It’s designed for high frame rate, low latency gaming. The goal is to enable 144fps play for games that want it, but there are also several features to enhance image quality as well.
The Adreno 660 supports 10-bit HDR and sub-pixel rendering. It can also improve the uniformity of OLED displays with Mura compensation (“mura” or “clouding” is the result of uneven calibration of neighboring pixels).
The 888 is also the first Snapdragon with a triple ISP (previous 800-series chips had dual ISP). This allows for three separate camera streams to be processed simultaneously, which has multiple uses. It can handle three 4K HDR video streams or capture three 28MP photos at the same time.
This will also make for smoother transitions from ultrawide to wide to tele cameras since each camera gets its own ISP.
As for videos, the new chipset can capture and play 4K videos at 120fps, so it can make the best of a high-resolution 4K display. The chip can also snap 120 photos a second at 12MP resolution.
This is the first chipset to use the Snapdragon X60 5G modem. It offers downlink speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps and uplinks up to 3 Gbps. The FastConnect 6900 system features Wi-Fi 6G (ax in the 6 GHz band) and it can reach speeds up to 3.6 Gbps, the fastest mobile Wi-Fi in the industry, according to Qualcomm.
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