The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the top-tier SoC (system-on-chip) that will power some of the largest flagship smartphones in 2021, was announced by Qualcomm.
During Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit 2020 – an annual event where the chip maker unveils its latest technology for the next generation of phones – the new chipset was announced.
Asus, BlackShark, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nubia, Realme, OnePlus, Oppo, Sharp, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE are the phone manufacturers that are set to use the Snapdragon 888 in future handsets.
The first phones that will also use the chipset have already confirmed a few of these, while we have made predictions for most of the others all of which you will find below.
The new Qualcomm processor is expected to power a host of high-end smartphones from a host of manufacturers around the world. But which brands and phones have confirmed their participation? With our rundown, we have you covered.
If we look at Asus‘ 2020 phones, the main handset with the 865 chip was the Zenfone 7, so it makes sense for the Snapdragon 888 to come with the Zenfone 8 (if it launches). Asus still has its gaming-focused ROG line-up worth remembering, but previous iterations have used an update ‘plus’ version of the top-end Qualcomm processor – so keep an eye on 2021 for the 888+. If Asus uses the silicon as it is, it will be the first time a Plus chipset has not been used since the original ROG Phone. A speed-binned Snapdragon 845 SoC was actually used on the original phone, though.
The Black Shark 4 appears with a 144Hz screen for ultra-smooth refresh rate action. We wouldn’t be surprised. The Xiaomi-affiliated company has reported that “the first batch” of Snapdragon 888 powered Black Shark devices will arrive in Q1 2021. If you want the best gaming experience, you may want to keep an eye on these phones and the aforementioned ROG Phone.
The LG V70 ThinQ is the next one in line for launch. It will be interesting to see what LG can do with the Snapdragon 888, as the South Korean company tends to think of some truly unique offers outside the box. LG executive Matthew Crowley said, “Soon enough we will be able to share more about LG’s 2021 devices that take advantage of this new Snapdragon 888 mobile platform.”
“Motorola mobile chief Sergio Bunac noted in a video, “2021 will mark the 10th generation of Moto G, and nothing would make us prouder than bringing 800-series experiences to this family. The most exciting 2020 Motorola phone was its foldable Razr 5G, but it features a Snapdragon 7 series chip, which leaves only the Edge+ as the only recent Moto phone with the top chip inside Qualcomm. We’d expect the successor to this handset to come with the Snapdragon 888 with that in mind. The company has said that there will be an 800-series chipset for the Moto G model, but we’d imagine it’s going to be an older version.
“We believe that the technological innovation of this flagship platform in 5G, games, camera, and other aspects will contribute to the high-end flagship to be launched by OnePlus in (the) first half of next year,” an executive was quoted as saying. Over the years, the OnePlus launch schedule has become predictable, and we fully expect the Chinese manufacturer to follow up with the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro in 2021 with the Snapdragon 888 inside on the 2020 8 and 8 Pro.
Oppo’s BBK brand has also announced that its flagship Find X3 series will sell the Snapdragon 888. It actually added that in Q1 2021, the new phone will be launched.
Realme budget brand is no stranger to Snapdragon’s flagships, having recently launched the Realme X2 Pro and Realme X50 Pro. Realme has confirmed that the Snapdragon 888 will be among the first to use a smartphone codenamed ‘Race’, so it is possibly launching soon – but because it is a codename, when it does, it might not be called the Realme Race. Nothing else about the phone is known for sure, but leaks indicate that it has 12GB of RAM and a quad-lens camera.
Sony flagship smartphones seem to have a great focus on the camera, so we expect it to take advantage of the latest Snapdragon 888 ISP features for its next device, which is likely to be the Sony Xperia 1 III.
A banner was also posted on Weibo by Xiaomi executives, claiming that the Snapdragon 888 will debut on the Mi 11 first. Xiaomi has confirmed that one of the first handsets to be launched with the Snapdragon 888 is the Xiaomi Mi 11.
At its event, Qualcomm also displayed a graphic revealing all the confirmed brands that will use next year’s Snapdragon 888. Brands that are not in the above list but appear in this graph include Meizu, Sharp, and ZTE.