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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 announced with integrated 5G

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The Snapdragon 888 5G will include the 3rd generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF System, which will offer both mmWave and sub-6 5G compatibility across all major bands worldwide. However, Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun has disclosed via a Weibo post that the Mi 11 will be the first model to launch with a Snapdragon 888. The AI platform is further enhanced by the 2nd generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub, which incorporates lower-power always-on AR processing for new intuitive and intelligent features. Additionally, the new Qualcomm AI Engine Direct software will provide developers the flexibility to run their next generation on-device AI-powered apps at full-throttle.

Moving on to camera prowess, the chip comes with the new Spectra 580 ISP, Qualcomm's first platform with a Triple Image Signal Processor (ISP).

While the Snapdragon 888 shows some giant performance leaps, gaming possibilities, and security advancements, there are specifically new features in AI and photography that are powered by the new chip.

Because modern smartphones now generally have at least two cameras - and oftentimes three or more - the application of this technology would allow mobile devices (which tend to be those powered by Android) equipped with the Snapdragon 888 to capture content out of its full array of cameras at three different focal lengths simultaneously with no loss in performance.

The Specrta 580 ISP also is the debut of Qualcomm's new low l ight architecture which will allow for brighter and clearer photos taken even in near darkness. And lastly, there is also an option to capture photographs in 10-bit color depth in the HEIF format.

Qualcomm is also introducing a 3rd generation Snapdragon Elite Gaming feature-set and an upgraded Adreno GPU with the Snapdragon 888. Users can harness the power of ultra-smooth play at the highest HDR quality graphics, with desktop-level capabilities. In comparison to the prior generation, VRS improves game rendering by up to 30% for mobile's most immersive experiences to date, while also improving power. The silicon also boasts a new feature called Game Quick Touch that improves responsiveness by up to 20 percent to lower touch latency, something that would give you an edge in multiplayer games. It is also the first commercial CPU subsystem to be based on the Arm Cortex-X1. That's a 35% boost over the previous generation Spectra ISP.

The 888 also brings Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, meaning the 888 brings the best of the best in connectivity.

All told, Qualcomm says you can expect a 25-percent improvement in overall performance, and a 25-percent reduction in power consumption. In contrast, its predecessor can perform up to approximately 15 TOPS. More importantly, the Kryo 680 and Adreno 660 are able to sustain their performance over long periods of time, which is the hallmark of Snapdragon performance.

Phones with Snapdragon 888 processors should start hitting the streets in the first quarter of 2021.

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