The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC appears to be in the works. A test processor by Qualcomm has appeared on Geekbench 5, the benchmarking browser, bearing its configuration and indicative performance scores. The information is backed up by user Digital Chat Station on Chinese social media platform Weibo, who’s noted for reliably tipping information on upcoming launches. The biggest change to the apparent Snapdragon 888 appears to be in the peak performance core of the chipset, which is seen running at 3GHz single-core peak frequency.
This also appears to be the only change to this chipset, which features four background cores at 1.8GHz, and three middling cores running at 2.42GHz. This, as stated by Digital Chat Station in his Weibo post, reflects in only a slight improvement over the already existing Snapdragon 888 – in the same way that the Snapdragon 865 improved over the Snapdragon 865+. The upgrade will likely be iterative, giving the chipset a mid-life refresh over the flagship chipset that was launched in late 2020.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ chipset has returned scores of 1,171 in single core performance and 3,704 in multi-core performance. In comparison to the Snapdragon 888, the benchmark scores are hardly 3 to 6 percent higher over the present generation flagship chipset. While this may not have a massive impact on real world performance for the most part, the effect will likely be seen for power users who extensively play esports titles, or use their phones for video editing and production.
Interestingly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ chipset spotted on Geekbench 5 appears to run on a test device with 6GB of RAM, which is low for present generation flagships. This is, of course, mostly a preliminary production phase test result, so it is almost certain that devices that run on this chipset will feature higher memory, when launched. At the moment, there is no concrete information or indication of when Qualcomm might launch the new chipset. Given that it has appeared on Geekbench after its initial set of rumours, an official announcement should likely happen in a few weeks’ time at the latest.
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