The Snapdragon 888 debuts

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The launch of the next-gen smartphone chipset from the biggest component manufacturer in the business is always a big deal, even if we won't see phone based on the new release, the Snapdragon 888 chipset, until well into 2021. See the press release and comment below.

From the Qualcomm press release:

Qualcomm Technologies builds foundational technologies for smartphones first, and then these technologies extend to the broader Snapdragon tiers and into important growth segments being transformed by mobile technology, such as Always On, Always Connected PCs, Extended Reality (XR) devices, Edge/Cloud AI products,  5G Fixed Wireless Broadband, and multiple others.

Lekha Motiwala, director of product management for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., shared an inside look at the Company’s most premium offering.

  • Snapdragon 888, with the 3rd generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X60 5G Modem-RF System, enables global compatibility by offering mmWave and sub-6 across all major bands worldwide, as well as support for 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-SIM, stand alone, non-stand alone, and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing.
  • The new 6th generation Qualcomm® AI Engine, with the completely re-engineered Qualcomm® Hexagon™ processor, takes a pivotal leap forward in AI compared to the previous generation to improve performance, power efficiency—all at an astonishing 26 tera operations per second (TOPS). The platform is further enhanced by the 2nd generation Qualcomm® Sensing Hub, which incorporates lower-power always-on AI processing for intuitive, intelligent features.
  • Snapdragon 888 will triple down on the future of computational photography and transform smartphones into professional quality cameras. With the faster gigapixel speed Qualcomm Spectra™ ISP, users can capture photos and videos at 2.7 gigapixels per second or roughly 120 photos at 12MP resolution—up to 35% faster than the previous generation.   

This year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital keynotes are all online and anyone can watch at 

I've said all along that no one needs to worry about 5G - it'll just happen and evolve to be ubiquitous. If your current smartphone doesn't have 5G then don't fret. By the time 5G masts are all around us, our smartphones will have 5G in anyway, as part of the standard chipsets of 2021 and beyond. So all that stuff about bands and DSS and 5G aggregation is irrelevant for almost everyone. You don't need to understand any of it because data will 'just work', and hopefully better than in previous days. Eventually!

The ISP (Imaging Signal Processing) improvements are always welcome - multi-frame captures are now ubiquitous in all decent smartphone cameras, and the faster the capture and processing, the more data can be aggregated, the purer the pixels (in theory), and the higher the dynamic range possible.

Source / Credit: Qualcomm