Qualcomm today finally announced more details about the new Snapdragon 888, which is the manufacturer’s first upper-range SoC with an integrated 5G modem. Among other things, the chip brings a new high-end core based on the ARM Cortex-X1 architecture for the first time.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G has the internal model number SM8350 and succeeds the Snapdragon 865. There are some important differences that should give the upcoming flagship smartphones from various manufacturers with a powerful performance boost. This also includes relying on a new architecture.
ARM Cortex-X1 is used for the first time in the “Super Core”
For the first time, Qualcomm is using the new ARM Cortex-X1 architecture, which is supposed to provide ample performance for the most powerful of the eight computing cores with a maximum clock rate of 2.84 gigahertz. Qualcomm is now talking about a “super core” that can guarantee good performance in, particularly demanding situations.
In addition, the Snapdragon 888 also has three ARM Cortex-A78 cores onboard, which run at a maximum of 2.4 gigahertz and support the Super Core when there is a high power requirement. As usual, there are also four energy-saving cores based on the ARM Cortex-A55 architecture, which again work with a maximum of 1.8 gigahertz. Taken together, Qualcomm calls its new CPU Adreno 680.
Because the structure width has been reduced to five nanometers and the new Cortex-X1 architecture is used, Qualcomm promises a performance increase of 25 percent, while energy efficiency is also said to have increased by 25 percent. One of the factors is the Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 modem, which, contrary to what we claimed yesterday, is a direct part of the system-on-chip design and should therefore also bring significant advantages in terms of energy efficiency.
Qualcomm has also given the chip the new Adreno 660 graphics unit, which is said to render graphic content up to 35 percent faster than its predecessor. In addition, the Spectra 580 image signal processor is integrated, which has three processing units and is intended to enable, among other things, 4K videos with computational HDR and 10-bit HDR HEIF for photos. 4K videos should be able to be recorded and played back with up to 120 frames per second.
As reported yesterday, the manufacturer also wants new AI features and an energy-efficient one Sensor hub setting standards. The first devices with the Snapdragon 888 5G could be presented later this year. The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is assuming a leading role with its Mi11, although various other manufacturers have already announced devices with the new SoC.