Qualcomm just announced the Snapdragon 888 chipset at its Snapdragon Tech Summit keynote live stream, paving the way for even faster flagship phones, arriving in 2021. One of the first such flagships might be the Galaxy S21 – we expect a reveal in late January, early February. OnePlus is also hopping in the 888 train – the manufacturer announced that it will launch a flagship, powered by the new chipset, in the first half of 2021.The news was posted on the Snapdragon Tech Summit website in a video format, along with similar announcements from other manufacturers such as LG, Motorola, Xiaomi.
“We believe that the technological innovation of this flagship platform in 5G, games, camera, and other aspects will contribute to the high-end flagship to be launched by OnePlus in (the) first half of next year,” announced Hope Liu – Chief Designer at OnePlus – in the video.
New Snapdragon 888 features
- 5G modem integration (longer battery life)
- 5nm Qualcomm X60 modem
- 6th generation AI engine on a new Hexagon processor
- Fastest Adreno GPU graphics rendering on a Snapdragon ever
- 35% faster image processor (120 pictures per second at 12MP)
Google, Samsung, and Sony are missing from the batch but it’s safe to assume that every big manufacturer will try to incorporate the new 888 chipset in its next flagship phone, so fans of the aforementioned brands shouldn’t worry too much.