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ARMs Race | Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus

Qualcomm announced its flagship phone SOC just last December the Snapdragon 888, but it is now releasing a more powerful variant the Snapdragon 888+.

The Snapdragon 888+ differs from the standard 888 in many notable ways but the most notable features are boosted CPU clock speeds and an upgraded AI engine amounting to a 20% performance boost over the standard 888. Firstly, the Kryo 680 ‘Prime Core’ which is based on ARM’s Cortex X is boosted from 2.84GHz up to 2.995GHz. The three Cortex A78-based cores are running at 2.4GHz and the remaining efficiency cores are running at 1.8GHz. Qualcomm’s 6th-gen AI engine is now capable of 32 TFLOPS, up from 26 TFLOPS in the standard 888.

Snapdragon 888+ platform details

A phone with Snapdragon 888 Plus chip
SpecificationsQualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus
CPU1x Kryo 680 (ARM Cortex X1-based) Prime core @ 2.995GHz, 1x 1MB L2 cache3x Kryo 680 (ARM Cortex A78-based) Performance cores @ 2.4GHz, 3x 512KB L2 cache4x Kryo 680 (ARM Cortex A55-based) Efficiency cores @ 1.8GHz, 4x 128KB L2 cache4MB L3 cache
GPUAdreno 660Vulkan 1.1 API supportHDR gaming with 10-bit color depthHardware-based H.265 and VP9 decoderHDR10+, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision
Display4K @60HzQHD+ @144HzHDR10 and HDR10+10-bit color depth
AIHexagon 780 with Fused AI Accelerator architecture6th generation AI EngineQualcomm Sensing Hub (2nd generation)New dedicated AI processor80% task reduction offload from Hexagon DSP32 TOPS
Memory & Storage16GB LPDDR5 @3200MHz3MB system level cache512GB UFS 3.0
ISPTriple 14-bit Spectra 580 ISP2.7 Gigapixels per second throughput10-bit HDR HEIF photo captureTriple 28MP photo captureTriple parallel processing4K HDR video capture with computational HDRLow-light architecture photo capture
ConnectivitySnapdragon X60 5G modem7.5Gbps peak download3Gbps peak uploadDynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), mmWave, Sub-6GHzQualcomm FastConnect 6900Wi-Fi 6E3.6Gbps peak speed8×8 MU-MIMOBluetooth 5.2
Manufacturing process5nm (Samsung’s 5LPE)

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