Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus With Boosted CPU, Better AI Performance Announced at MWC 2021

The SoC's prime core CPU gets boosted to 2.995GHz, compared to 2.84GHz on the SD888 SoC.

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Qualcomm has launched a new Snapdragon flagship processor. The Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC announced at the Mobile World Congress (2021) sits above the Snapdragon 888 SoC that powers premium smartphones in 2021. Smartphones with the new Plus variant of the Snapdragon mobile flagship processor will launch later this year. Qualcomm, at the event, said that both SoCs combined power more than 130 designs that are either announced or under development. The new Plus variant comes with an increased CPU performance. The Arm Cortex-X1 CPU, which was clocked at 2.84GHz on SD888, is now clocked at 2.995GHz on the Plus model.

Phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus launching later this year

Qualcomm has announced its new flagship Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC. The new chip will feature in high-end devices starting Q3 2021. 

The new Qualcomm SoC gets two major performance improvements. The SoC’s prime core CPU gets boosted to 2.995GHz, compared to 2.84GHz on the SD888 SoC.

Qualcomm further said that the new flagship processor comes with an improved AI performance. The new 6th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine has an improved 20 per cent performance, resulting in 32 TOPS (Total Operations Per Second) compared to 26 TOPS on SD888. The performance parameters found on the SD888 and also found on the Plus variant. This means that the 5nm SD888+ gets the same X60 5G Modem and Adreno 60 GPU. Other features of the SoC include Bluetooth 5.2 support, FastConnect 6900, triple ISP camera capabilities, Snapdragon Elite Gaming, etc.

The chipmaker has confirmed that several companies are already working on smartphones that will draw power from the new flagship smartphone processor. The likes of Asus, Xiaomi, Motorola, Honor, Vivo, etc will be among the first to adopt the new SD888+ SoC. These companies will commercially launch their respective devices starting Q3 2021.

Asus’ ROG Phone will make use of the new Qualcomm chip, whereas Honor will use it in its upcoming Magic3 series. Xiaomi and Vivo will also launch their respective SD888+ powered phones in the high-end segment. What are your thoughts on the new Qualcomm chip? Do let us know in the comments below.

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