Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 - Faster in Everything 10

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 – Faster in Everything

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, is here, its the 2021 Flagship SoC from Qualcomm, and its going to be the first SoC using the Cortex-X1 Core, and According to Qualcomm, there should be 25% performance increase in CPU Performance, 35% increase in GPU performance, at the same time bein 20% more power efficient.

Here is a Detailed Specification Overview and Initial Impressions of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Specifications

SpecificationsQualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
CPU1x 2.84GHz Kryo 680 Gold (Cortex-X1)
3x 2.4GHz Kryo 680 Gold
4x 1.8GHz Kryo 680 Silver (Cortex-A55)
1X Kryo 585 Gold @3.1 GHz
3x Kryo 585 Gold @2.4 GHz
4x Kryo 585 Silver @1.8 GHz
(Cortex A77/A55)
GPUAdreno 660Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU
10% Faster Graphics Rendering
AIHexagon 780Qualcomm Hexagon 698 Processor
ISP/CameraQualcomm Spectra 580 ISP
Triple 14-bit CV-ISPs
Single Camera: up to
Single Camera: Up to 84MP with  MFNR, ZSL, 30fps
Dual Camera: Up to 64MP with  MFNR, ZSL, 30fps
Triple Camera: Up to 28MP with MFNR, ZSL, 30fps
– 10-bit HEIF image capture
– HDR video
– multi-frame noise reduction
– Real-time object classification, segmentation, and replacement
Qualcomm Spectra 480 ISP,
Up to 25 MP, Dual Camera, ZSL, 30fps
Up to 64 MP, Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps
Single Camera: Up to 200 MP
Slow Motion Video:
720p @ 960 FPS
Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HEVC
MemoryLPDDR5(4X16bit) @ 3200 MHzLPDDR5(4X16bit) @ 2750 MHz
Display4K @60 Hz, 
QHD+ @144 Hz
HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10
10-bit Color
4K [email protected] FPS
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HDR10, HDR10+
ModemQualcomm® Snapdragon™ X60 5G Modem-RF System5G Download/Upload: 7.5Gbps/3Gbps)Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF system(5G Download/Upload: 7.4Gbps/3Gbps)
ConnectivityWi-Fi Spectral Bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6GHz, WiFi, 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi Spectral Bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 60 GHz Bluetooth 5.1
Manufacturing process5nm7nm EUV

Specification Details


Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888, is the first SoC in the world to use the Cortex-X1 Cores, which is dubbed as Kryo 680 Gold in Snapdragon CPU’s.
It has 1+3+4 Core structure, with 1+3 being performance cores, and 4 efficiency cores.
1x 2.84GHz Kryo 680 Gold (Cortex-X1){Performance Cores}
3x 2.4GHz Kryo 680 Gold (Cortex-A78){Performance Cores}
4x 1.8GHz Kryo 680 Silver (Cortex-A55){Efficiency Cores}

If go by the reports stated by Qualcomm, then we can expect up to 25% increase in CPU performance as compared to the Snapdragon 865+.


Snapdragon 888, has Qualcomm Adreno 660GPU

As stated by Qualcomm, we can expect up to 35% increase in GPU performance.


Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888 has Qualcomm Hexagon 780 Processor 2nd gen Qualcomm® Sensing Hub, Large shared AI memory, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Voice Assistant Accelerator, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Scalar Accelerator, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Vector eXtensions (HVX), Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator.


Snapdragon 888, has Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP, it has somewhat similar specs to the Spectra 480 used in the Snapdragon 865, in terms of Mega Pixels supports, and all that.
The Biggest difference is the Triple 14-bit CV-ISPs, meaning it has three different ISP, and those three ISP can be used for Thress different lenses, previuosly there used to be only one ISP, so only the Main camera shots were flagship grade, but now with 3 ISP the main camera, ultrawide, and telephoto all of them can have flagship grade shots, obviuosly the three ISP’s can be used for one lens and the final result through that should be amazing.


888 has the same Memory options as the 865+, with a higher clock speed.
LPDDR5(4X16bit) @ 3200 MHz


888 has the same display specs as that of the 865+
4K @60 Hz, 
QHD+ @144 Hz
HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10.
10-bit Color


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X60 5G Modem-RF System
With 5G Download/Upload: 7.5Gbps/3Gbps)


Wi-Fi Spectral Bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6GHz, WiFi 6E Bluetooth 5.1.


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Expected Smartphone to be powered by the Snapdragon 888

  • One Plus 9
  • One Plus 9 Pro
  • Asus ROG Phone 4
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro
  • Redmi K40 Pro
  • Realme Race
  • Black Shark 4
  • Galaxy S21


The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, is an excellent SoC, with excellent initial benchmarks, and that Triple 14-bit ISP’s if Smartphones use that then the Images from the smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 888 should be breathtaking.


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