New York (The Verge) — Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor will power the Android flagships of 2021 theverge.com/2020/12/1/2167….
Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 888, which will power 2021 Android flagships from companies like Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and Sony. The new chip promises big improvements for 5G, AI, and GPU performance.
In a first for the company’s top-of-the-line 8-series chipsets, the Snapdragon 888 is making a big improvement for 5G: it’ll finally offer a fully integrated 5G modem, unlike last year’s Snapdragon 865 (which required that manufacturers include a separate modem chip inside the cramped interior of a modern smartphone).
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. The Snapdragon 888 also will feature the “most significant upgrade in Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance,” though specifics on what kind of improvements are coming have yet to be announced. — Chaim Gartenberg/@verge