Qualcomm Just Announced The New Chipset That Will Power The OnePlus 9

Joanna Estrada
Декабря 1, 2020

Such was the case for 5G pioneer Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) as it introduced the latest iteration of its Snapdragon line of SOCs - chips that power the latest generation smartphones and, increasingly, other types of devices.

Naturally it's 5G-enabled, and will integrate the Snapdragon X60 5G modem, itself announced in February this year. However, Qualcomm seems to have approached the naming with a different headspace this time around. We should have lots of details tomorrow morning, but hey, Snapdragon 888! The modem includes global Sub-6 and mmWave connectivity, along with 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-SIM, and dynamic spectrum sharing.

In addition to the 5G improvements, Qualcomm also teased several other advances coming to the Snapdragon 888, including the company's sixth-gen AI Engine (running on a "redesigned" Qualcomm Hexagon processor), which promises a big jump in performance and power efficiency for AI tasks.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 is the company's most powerful mobile processor.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SOC comes with some significant upgrades over the 865, such as a 6th Generation AI Engine that can perform an impressive 26 Tera Operations Per Second (TOPS). While we do not have the entire suite of specifications and details about the Snapdragon 888 as of yet, the company has shared a few highlights of its ISP to support its statement to a certain degree. It is capable of capturing photos and videos at up to 2.7 gigapixels per second that is around 120 photos at 12-megapixel. Qualcomm says both cars were connected to a private 5G network built with the help of Verizon and Ericsson. The flagship chipset uses Qualcomm's 3rd generation 5G modem, the Snapdragon X60-5G RF system. The Snapdragon 888 SoC is also created to deliver an upgraded photography experience, with an all-new Qualcomm Spectra ISP. This can be normally disregarded as it could be a reference to the Snapdragon 875 but now rumours are saying it could be the Snapdragon 888 instead.

Xiaomi's Mi 11 will be one of the first smartphones to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The likes of ASUS, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, Realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE will provide support for this flagship chipset, as per the official press release.

Stay tuned for further updates!

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