Qualcomm teased us with Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform on the first day of the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020 before revealing the specifications and more details about their new premium mobile SoC on the second day of the event.
Snapdragon 888 (SM8350) octa-core processor is equipped with one high-performance Cortex-X1 core @ 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores @ 2.42 GHz, and four low-power Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.80 GHz, an Adreno 660 GPU, and a third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem.
Snapdragon 888 specifications:
- CPU – Octa-core Qualcomm Kryo 680 CPU with 1x Cortex-X1 core @ 2.84 GHz, 3x Cortex-A78 cores @ 2.42 GHz, and 4x Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.80 GHz (via Anandtech)
- GPU – Adreno 660 GPU with support for OpenCL 2.0 FP, OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.1, DX12, and up to 8K 360 VR video playback
- DSP – Hexagon 780 processor with Vector eXtensions (HVX), Tensor Accelerator
- Qualcomm Sensing Hub
- Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine leveraging the GPU, DSP, CPU, sensing hub, etc… for up to 26 TOPS
- System Memory – Up to 16GB LP-DDR5 memory up to 3200 MHz
- Storage – No info, probably UFS 3.0…
- On-device display up to 4K @ 60 Hz, QHD+ @ 144 Hz
- External display up to 4K @ 60 Hz
- HDR – HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10
- Color depth: up to 10-bit; color gamut: Rec2020
- Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec up to Qualcomm WCD9385
- Qualcomm Aqstic smart speaker amplifier up to Qualcomm WSA8835
- Qualcomm Hexagon Voice Assistant Accelerator
- Video Codec Support – H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC), VP8, VP9
- Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP, hardware accelerator for computer vision (CV-ISP)
- Dual Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 64 MP
- Triple Camera, MFNR,, 30fps, ZSL: Up to 28 MP
- Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 84 MP
- Single Camera: Up to 200 MP
- Camera Features: Real-time object classification, Low light photography architecture, 10-bit HDR HEIF photo capture, Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR)
- Slow Motion – 720p @ 960 FPS
- Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HEVC
- Features – Rec. 2020 color gamut video capture, 4K HDR with Computational HD, 8K video capture at 30fps, up to 10-bit color depth
- Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem
- Peak speeds – Download: 7.5 Gbps, uploaded: 3 Gbps
- 5G Spectrum: Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), mmWave, sub-6 GHz
- 5G mmWave specs: 800 MHz bandwidth, 8 carriers, 2×2 MIMO
- 5G sub-6 GHz specs: 200 MHz bandwidth, 4×4 MIMO
- Multi-SIM features: Global 5G multi-SIM
- Cellular Technology
- 5G NR
- 4G LTE including CBRS support
- 3G HSPA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1x, EV-DO
- 2G GSM/EDGE
- Standards – Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 5, 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n
- WiFi 6(E) technology features – MU-MIMO (Uplink and Downlink), 8×8 sounding, 160 MHz channel support, OFDMA (Uplink and Downlink), 4K QAM, WPA3 security support, 6 GHz operation (Wi-Fi 6E)
- WiFi Spectral Bands: 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
- Bluetooth – Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX Adaptive Audio, LE Audio Features, TrueWireless Technology
- Location – Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS, Dual frequency GNSS, NavIC, GPS, QZSS, SBAS
- USB – USB 3.1, USB-C
- Security Support
- Fingerprint Sensor – Qualcomm 3D Sonic or 3D Sonic Max
- Secure Processing Unit – Biometric Authentication (Fingerprint, Iris, Voice, Face)
- Process Technology – Samsung 5 nm
Snapdragon 888 succeeds Snapdragon 865 announced a year ago, and boosts AI performance up to 26 TOPS from 15 TOPS with up to three times performance per watt improvement. The new CPU is about 25% faster, and the GPU delivers up to 35% greater performance. Another notable before is that Snapdragon X60 modem is now part of the chip itself, instead of the Snapdragon X55 modem being a separate chip with Snapdragon 865 mobile platform.
Qualcomm says devices based on Snapdragon 888 are expected to be commercially available in Q1 2021, and Vivo “V2056A” may be one of the first with Geekbench benchmarks recently published for the device.
You may find more information in the announcement and product page.
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Cortex-X1 is the high-performance part, not the referenced Cortex-M1.
Again no AV1 support? Buy Why?
Still too early for that
it’s better to buy a phone with MediaTek Dimensity 1000 already supporting AV1, or wait a few months for even more powerful Dimensity 2000.