Snapdragon 888 Plus goes official at MWC 2021 – Smartprix

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Qualcomm has made the half-yearly refresh of its flagship chipset with Snapdragon 888 Plus. This was announced at the MWC 2021 event which kicked off today. And as a successor to Snapdragon 888, the Plus variant has got a higher peak clock speed and faster AI performance, and support for WiFi 6E thanks to Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 chip. Rest, everything seems unchanged on paper. It is still fabbed on a 5nm Samsung LPE process with a 1+3+4 core structure. It also comes with Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF integration.

This mid-cycle update will bring on new high-end phones from various brands like Asus (for an ROG device), Honor, Motorola, Vivo, and Xiaomi wielding the SD888+ chip. Qualcomm reveals that together Snapdragon 888 and 888+ will “power more than 130 designs announced or in development.”

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Snapdragon 888 Plus Specs

Model Snapdragon 888+
Architecture Samsung
5nm (5LPE)
Processor Cores 1x Cortex-X1
@ 2.995GHz 1x1024KB pL2

3x Cortex-A78
@ 2.42GHz 3x512KB pL2

4x Cortex-A55
@ 1.80GHz 4x128KB pL2

4MB sL3 cache

GPU Adreno 660 @ 840MHz
RAM 4x 16-bit CH

@ 3200MHz LPDDR5  /  51.2GB/s

3MB system level cache

DSP / NPU Hexagon 780

32 TOPS AI

ISP/Camera Triple 14-bit Spectra 580 ISP

1x 200MP or 84MP with ZSL
or
64+25MP with ZSL
or
3x 28MP with ZSL

4K video & 64MP burst capture

Encode/
Decode
8K30 / 4K120 10-bit H.265

Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG

720p960 infinite recording

Modem X60 integrated

(LTE Category 24/22)
DL = 2500 Mbps
7x20MHz CA, 1024-QAM
UL = 316 Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 7500 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps

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So, the Cortex-X1 prime core is now binned at a clock speed of 2.995GHz, which is around the 3GHz mark. The other major improvement is in the area of Artificial Intelligence. The Snapdragon 888+ harbors a 6th gen Qualcomm AI engine that delivers 32 TOPS. Now, we wonder how much of a performance difference this 5% gain in CPU and a 20% boost in neural network bring about. To know that, we will have to wait for the Snapdragon 888+ phones that are expected around Q3 2021.

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