- A cheaper variant Snapdragon 888 could be in the works
- The chipset may not come with an integrated 5G modem
- Speculations are rife it could be using the 5nm process
Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 870 are the current flagship chipsets from Qualcomm. The latter was launched in January as a stepped-down version of the Snapdragon 888. However, it looks like there is another lower-end version of Snapdragon 888 in the works. As per Winfuture.de writer Roland Quandt, the chipset with model number SM8325 will not come with an integrated 5G modem but it may still support 5G. Unfortunately, Quandt does not reveal more details about this possible Snapdragon 888 Lite chipset. Based on the information provided, the chipset aims to bring cheaper flagship phones.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G specifications
To recall the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 specifications, it ships with a 3rd generation Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF system that enables global compatibility by offering mmWave and Sub-6 across all major bands worldwide. It supports 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-SIM, standalone, non-standalone, and dynamic spectrum sharing. The chipset has 6th gen AI Engine that offers a re-engineered hexagon processor that is said to be a leap forward in AI compared to the previous generation to improve performance at 26 tera operations per second (TOPS).
There is also 2nd generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub that incorporates lower-power always-on AI processing for intuitive, intelligent features. The 3rd generation Snapdragon Elite Gaming delivers upgrades to Qualcomm Adreno GPU performance and with a faster gigapixel Qualcomm Spectra ISP. The company says users can capture photos and videos at 2.7 gigapixels per second or roughly 120 photos at 12MP resolution—which is up to 35 percent faster than the previous generation.