- The flagship Snapdragon 898 SoC is confirmed to launch on November 30th
- It’ll power several high-end devices from Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and others.
- The chipset is said to feature faster and more efficient cores, better GPU, and an improved X65 5G modem
A new flagship Snapdragon SoC is expected to arrive later this month at the annual Qualcomm Summit 2021. While rumours are rife that the chipset will be dubbed as Snapdragon 898, the company has confirmed the SoC will have a slightly simplified and consistent naming structure with a single-digit series and generation number. This suggest that the Snapdragon 898 SoC could in fact be called Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It will power most high-end Android flagships in the coming year. There are also rumours that Xiaomi and Motorola are working on launching their Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 aka Snapdragon 898-powered smartphones by the end of 2021. The new chipset is expected to use a 4nm fabrication process and the X65 5G modem. It’ll undoubtedly be the fastest Snapdragon chipset, with improved performance, better efficiency, and faster GPU than last year’s Snapdragon 888 SoC. Here’s a quick look at the upcoming smartphones expected to use the Snapdragon 898 chipset.
OnePlus 10 Pro
The next OnePlus flagship will no doubt use the latest Snapdragon 898 chipset. Although not a lot is known regarding the flagship OnePlus 10 Pro series, we can assure you that it’ll feature the Snapdragon 898 processor. Renders of the upcoming smartphone have already leaked online, and they show a new rear camera module design. Recent rumours suggest that the phone will get a QHD+ AMOLED display with a high refresh rate, a 5,000mAh battery with up to 125W fast charging, up to 256GB of internal storage, and a triple rear camera setup.
Xiaomi Mi 12
Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 12 series is expected to feature the Snapdragon 898 processor under the hood. According to the latest rumours, the flagship Mi 12 variants will use the new LPDDR5X RAM that will enable faster performance and multi-tasking. The rest of the specifications for the Mi 12 series remains a mystery, but it is possible that the Mi 12 Ultra could use a 200-megapixel 1-inch sensor developed by Samsung. Xiaomi may announce the next-gen flagship as early as next month.
Samsung Galaxy S22
The Snapdragon 898 chipset will be used in the Samsung Galaxy S22 flagship phones that are expected to launch early next year. Samsung will launch at least three variants of the flagship, namely Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The Ultra will reportedly come with built-in S-Pen support and is said to replace the Note series. The phone is also expected to feature a 200-megapixel 1-inch sensor at the back, narrow side bezels, and up to 45W fast charging support.
Redmi K50 Pro/Pro+
Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi will be launching the K50 series in the coming months. The Redmi K50 Pro and Pro+ are expected to come with the Snapdragon 898 chipset. The phones are said to feature AMOLED displays with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 5,000mAh battery with up to 67W fast charging support, and the Pro + could get a 108-megapixel primary rear camera. This phone is said to launch in February 2022.
Realme GT 2 Pro
The Realme GT 2 Pro will be the first smartphone from the company to feature 125W fast charging technology. The phone is also expected to use the Snapdragon 898 chipset alongside 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It’ll get a 108-megapixel triple rear camera setup, and an sAMOLED display with high-refresh rate. The GT 2 Pro will reportedly launch in China during the first half of next year.
iQOO 9 is another smartphone that will reportedly come with the Snapdragon 898 processor. As per a recent rumour, the company is expected to launch the iQOO 9 series in January 2022. The line-up will consist of an iQOO 9 variant, and a Legend option that will feature a curved 120Hz AMOLED display. That’s all the information we currently have on the iQOO 9 series, but more should be revealed in the coming weeks.
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (Edge X)
The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, aka Edge X, is expected to launch in China next month. This flagship Motorola smartphone will get the Snapdragon 898 SoC, a 144Hz OLED display, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB internal storage, and a triple rear camera setup. The phone is also expected to house a 5,000mAh battery with support for 68W fast charging.
Other phones that could use the Snapdragon 898 SoC
As mentioned in the beginning, 2022 is going to be the year of the Snapdragon 898 chipset. Apart from the above mentioned smartphones, we also expect devices such as the ASUS Zenfone 9, ASUS ROG Phone 6, OPPO Find X4 Pro, Nubia Red Magic 7, Meizu 19, ZTE Axon 40, Black Shark 5, and a couple of other devices to use the Snapdragon 898.