- Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset
- The chipset will be the brain behind most Android flagships in 2021
- The list of Qualcomm Snapdragon 88 SoC phones currently include Mi 11, iQOO 7, Galaxy S21, and more
Snapdragon 888 SoC-powered phones have started arriving in the market. Xiaomi took the lead on this front by launching the world’s first Snapdragon 888 phone late last year. More and more OEMs are now joining the bandwagon with their respective flagship offerings in 2021. We’ll be taking a look at them in this article. But, before we get down to Snapdragon 888 phones list, here’s everything you need to know about the latest chipset from Qualcomm that delivers a big step up in graphical capabilities, photography, machine learning, and more.
Snapdragon 888 SoC features
Snapdragon 888 SoC, which will power flagship Android phones in 2021, is the successor to Snapdragon 865-series chipset. The SoC is touted to deliver 25 percent higher processing power and 25 percent faster graphics rendering over its predecessor. The chipset uses 5nm process technology and packs a third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem to deliver an enhanced 5G connectivity across global networks. The modem brings support for 5G sub-6 carrier aggregation and mmWave to provide up to 7.5Gbps speeds. It also makes the chipset compatible with all major networks worldwide and lets users access distinct networks for managing their personal and work numbers while on international roaming.
Snapdragon 888 SoC specifications
- 5nm process technology
- Qualcomm Hexagon 780 processor.
- A 64-bit Kryo 680 based on ARM Cortex-X1 at up to 2.84GHz
- Three Kryo 680 cores based on Cortex-A78 at up to 2.42GHz
- Four Kryo 680 cores based on Cortex-A55 at up to 1.8GHz
- Adreno 660 GPU
- Snapdragon X60 Modem
- Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 system
- Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming
- Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec
- Quick Charge 5 technology
The chipset also comes with a sixth-gen Qualcomm AI Engine that is rated to deliver up to three times performance per watt improvement over the previous generation. The SoC supports HDR quality graphics, new 6GHz capacity over Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth v5.2, and up to 4K display at 60Hz or QHD+ at 144Hz. The Snapdragon 888 SoC is a first in the series with triple image signal processing. It is capable of capturing from three cameras simultaneously at a processing speed of up to 2.7 gigapixels per second. The ISP also enables 128fps burst shots and allows users to capture three 4K HDR videos at the same time. There is a new low-light architecture as well that is claimed to help capture brighter photos, even in near-darkness.
Snapdragon 888 phones
1. Mi 11
Xiaomi’s Mi 11 is the first commercial smartphone to rock Snapdragon 888 SoC under the hood. The other specifications of the phone are also to be admired. The Mi 11 packs a 6.8-inch QHD+ AMOLED display that bears a 120Hz refresh rate. The Snapdragon 888 phone also highlights a triple camera setup at the back, which consists of a 108MP primary sensor paired with a 13MP (f/2.4 aperture) ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 5MP (f/2.4 aperture) telephoto-macro sensor. For selfies and video chats, the smartphone packs a 20MP snapper in the punch-hole setup on the front.
Mi 11 runs Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 out of the box and houses a 4,600mAh battery with 55W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging support. The phone is retailing in China at a starting price of around Rs 45,000. Mi 11 India launch is expected soon.
2. iQOO 7
iQOO 7 is a gaming-centric smartphone from Vivo’s spin-off brand iQOO. The handset has Snapdragon 888 SoC ticking at its core. It also touts a 120W fast charging solution, which is the fastest charging solution commercially available. The charging solution is rated to juice up iQOO 7’s 4,000mAh battery from 0 to 100 percent in just 15 minutes. The smartphone sports a 6.62-inch punch-hole display that bears FHD+ AMOLED resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR10+, and 120Hz refresh rate.
In optics, the Snapdragon 888 phone employs a triple-camera system with 48MP primary snapper and two 13MP sensors at the back. Up front, the iQOO 7 packs a 16MP shooter for selfies and video calling. There is an in-display fingerprint scanner for security. Other features include Wi-Fi 6, 4G LTE, Dual-SIM support, Hi-Res audio, Bluetooth v5.2, NFC, and Type-C port. The iQOO 7 is selling in China at a starting price of around Rs 43,000. There is no word on iQOO 7 India launch yet.
3. Samsung Galaxy S21 series
Samsung Galaxy S21 series in the US rocks Snapdragon 888 chipset under the hood. The lineup, comprising Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra, in India and other markets highlights equivalent Exynos 2100 SoC. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series in India is priced starting at Rs 69,999, while the Snapdragon 888 variant is priced at $799 (~Rs 58,400) in the US.
Other Samsung Galaxy S21 series specifications include adaptive 120Hz refresh rate displays, up to 5,000mAh battery, up to 16GB RAM + 512GB storage, Gorilla Glass Victus, and an array of cameras comprising wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto sensors with up to 100x Space Zoom.
4. Vivo X60 Pro+
Vivo X60 Pro+ is confirmed to launch globally with Snapdragon 888 SoC on January 21st. The handset will be the elder sibling to Vivo’s X60 Pro smartphone, which was launched alongside Vivo X60 last month. Vivo X60 Pro+ specifications are rumoured to be as follows: a 120Hz FHD+ display, up to 256GB storage, Android 11-based OrginOS, 55W fast-charging support, and dual-mode 5G connectivity.
5. Realme Race
Realme Race launch is imminent, and it’ll be the first smartphone from the brand with Snapdragon 888 SoC. The company is yet to reveal the phone’s launch date. In addition to the Snapdragon 888 SoC, the Realme Race will also tout 64MP quad-camera setup at the back. The phone is also expected to employ a 5,000mAh battery, 125W ultra-fast charging support, and up to 12GB RAM. Realme Race design elements would include a punch-hole display and a rectangular camera module.
6. OPPO Find X3
OPPO’s first Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone is slated to launch in March. The handset will be dubbed as OPPO Find X3 and succeed last year’s OPPO Find X2 smartphone. The OPPO Find X3 specifications haven’t been officially announced yet, but rumours are rife that it would pack a quad-camera system with 50MP Sony sensor, a 25x zoom telephoto sensor, an ultrawide unit, and a macro sensor.
The smartphone will reportedly sport a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz variable refresh rate, 10-bit colour depth, and 2K resolution. The phone is said to come with up to 12GB RAM and Super VOOC wired and wireless fast charging technology. Software-wise, OPPO’s Snapdragon 888 phone will most likely run Android 11-based ColorOS 11 out of the box.