Qualcomm today updated its flagship smartphone chipset with the new Snapdragon 888 Plus at MWC 2021. The Plus variant of the chipset will power the launch of flagship Android smartphones in the second half of the year.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus announced
Unsurprisingly, Snapdragon 888 Plus is an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 888 chipset announced in December last year. To be specific, Qualcomm has made minor improvements to CPU and AI capabilities with the 888 Plus.
Notably, this single Cortex-X1 core is instantly clocked at 2.995GHz, as opposed to this 2.84GHz clock speed on the regular Snapdragon 888 5G. The rest of the nuclei remain the same. It has three high-performance Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz and four low-power Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. Qualcomm has not updated the GPU with this update and offers the same Adreno 660 GPU.
Rather than the GPU, Qualcomm seems to have focused more on the chipset’s AI capabilities with an improved AI engine. Qualcomm’s sixth-generation AI engine with Hexagon 780 processor now offers up to 32 TOPS (Tera Operations Per Second), an improvement of more than 20% compared to 26 TOPS in the 888 5G.
Apart from these changes, the Snapdragon 888+ remains practically unchanged from its predecessor. That includes the Snapdragon X60 5G modem, the Spectra 580 image signal processor, and maximum display support of 4K at 60Hz and QHD + at a 144Hz refresh rate. You can check out the Snapdragon 888+ 5G spec sheet here.
According to Qualcomm, popular smartphone brands such as Asus, Honor, Motorola, Vivo, and Xiaomi are working to launch devices with the new chipset. You could expect the devices with Snapdragon 888 Plus to arrive in the third quarter of 2021.