Earlier, Qualcomm officially released the Snapdragon 888 flagship platform chipset at the 2020 Snapdragon Technology Summit. The Chipset will support the next generation of flagship smartphones scheduled for 2021. It also comes with an integrated 5G modem unlike last year’s Snapdragon 865 that came with a separate 5G modem. Just after the event, Xiaomi officially announced that the Mi 11 will be among the first smartphone to release with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Mi 11 officially announced: Will it be the first to be officially launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC?
According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, Snapdragon 888 will be Qualcomm’s most powerful mobile platform ever. In addition to industry-leading 5G connectivity, it also brings breakthroughs in AI, games and cameras. He further states he is fortunate that Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship smartphone Mi 11 will be one of the first devices equipped with the Snapdragon 888.
In addition, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also took to Weibo to officially announce that the Mi 11 will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. However, he didn’t mention the timeline for the device’s arrival. We can assume that it might be launched at the early phase of Q1 2021.
About Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC
The Snapdragon 888 is an Octa-Core chipset is based on a 5nm architecture. It includes one 2.84GHz Cortex X1 Super Core, three 2.4GHz Cortex A78 cores and four 1.8GHz Cortex A55 cores. It also comes with an integrated 3rd generation 5nm Snapdragon X60 5G modem which was announced by Qualcomm earlier this year. As for the GPU of the processor, it will integrate the Adreno 660 graphics card.
Qualcomm states that the new modem brings 5G global compatibility for mmWave and sub-6 bands across the globe. It also supports global multi-SIM, SA and NSA networks, and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing. The new chip seems to provide some substantial battery life improvements in 5G.
In addition to 5G improvements, Qualcomm also focused on several other developments such as the inclusion of 6th Generation AI engine which runs on the “redesigned” Qualcomm Hexagon chipset and the second-generation Sensing hub. The engine promises a big leap in power efficiency and a massive improvement in performing AI tasks. The company has also promised to reach 26 TOPS. In addition, the chipset also includes WiFi 6e Bluetooth 5.2.
In terms of games, Qualcomm will launch the third-generation Snapdragon Elite Gaming, and will also bring “the most significant upgrade of Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance”, support 144fps games, desktop-level rendering.
Finally, Qualcomm previewed the new photography features including support for faster billion-pixel processing speeds due to the updated ISP. The new ISP can capture photos and videos at a speed of 2.7 Gigapixels/second. It captures 120 frames per second and each frame is 12 million pixels. Qualcomm said it is 35% faster than the previous generation in image processing.