Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is here. The new flagship mobile platform from Qualcomm will power premium smartphones launching in 2021. At the Snapdragon Tech Summit yesterday, Qualcomm confirmed the list of OEM partners that will launch new devices based on this platform.
ASUS, Black Shark, LG, MEIZU, Motorola, Nubia, Realme, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE have officially confirmed their support. While Samsung is not in the list, one can expect the Korean smartphone maker to adopt the Snapdragon 888 for Galaxy S21 series in select markets.
Similarly, there are rumours of OnePlus launching its OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro based on Snapdragon 888 earlier than usual. With the Mobile World Congress not happening in February 2021 due to Coronavirus pandemic, smartphone makers can plan product launch at their own discretion.
Some smartphone manufacturers decided not to waste any time in announcing their new smartphones based on the Snapdragon 888 chipset. Xiaomi, OPPO and Realme are racing to launch the first commercial smartphones with Snapdragon 888 under the helm. Here is a look at smartphones confirmed to launch with the new chipset early next year.
List of Snapdragon 888 smartphones
- Realme Race
- Xiaomi Mi 11
- OPPO Find X3 series
- Motorola Moto G
Realme teased a new smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 888 even before the processor became official. Now, the company has officially revealed that this device is codenamed “Race” and will debut during the first quarter of 2021. Realme X50 Pro 5G debuted in February last year so we could see this new phone arrive next month or in February.
While Realme has confirmed the device, a leak has further shed light on key specifications of the smartphone. GSMArena managed to obtain two images that reveal the rear design of the smartphone and key specifications. The leaked image confirms that Realme Race will sport a glass back design with circular camera module and an elongated flash.
It is not clear whether this smartphone will feature a triple or quad rear camera setup. We also don’t know whether Realme is adopting a 108-megapixel sensor for its flagship phone. However, the “About Page” of the smartphone reveals RMX2202 features 12GB of RAM, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. It runs Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11 and could be the most affordable Snapdragon 888 smartphone.
Xiaomi Mi 11
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Xiaomi has seen success in the premium flagship smartphone market with the launch of its Mi 10 series. So, the company wasted no time to confirm that Snapdragon 888 will make world debut on Xiaomi Mi 11. At the Snapdragon Tech Summit, Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi took the stage and confirmed the next device. However, the company has not revealed any additional details.
Xiaomi Mi 11 series is expected to debut with Pro and non-Pro models. The Pro model, according to leaks, will bring major display improvements over its predecessor. It is rumoured to feature a Quad HD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate. This will put the smartphone in direct competition with OnePlus 8 Pro and OPPO Find X2 Pro.
By not limiting the 120Hz refresh rate to Full HD+ resolution, Xiaomi will be making a serious demonstration of power. The smartphone display is also tipped to support MEMC, SDR-to-HDR AI upscaling among other features. We will know more in the coming weeks as smartphone makers scramble to bring these devices to the market.
OPPO Find X3 series
OPPO also confirmed that its upcoming Find X series will use the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform. It first teased the Find X3 series at OPPO INNO DAY 2020 last month. Now, we know that the series will debut during the first quarter of 2021. The Find X3 series will again focus on bringing major improvements to the display.
The company revealed the new colour management system with end-to-end 10-bit colour depth last month. This new colour management system also brings support for wide colour gamut. OPPO said it had to adopt a high specification algorithm and hardware to record wide colour gamut at the time of capture.
It will need a mobile platform like Snapdragon 888 to enable such support. Now, we can expect OPPO to offer the smartphone with at least 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. There will also be improvements to the imaging system taking advantage of Qualcomm’s new image signal processor.
Motorola Moto G
Motorola has confirmed that it will launch a Moto G smartphone with Snapdragon 888 mobile platform. The Lenovo-owned smartphone maker announced its plan at Snapdragon Tech Summit. This will be the first time that Motorola is bringing flagship chipset to the Moto G series. This smartphone could help Motorola compete against Xiaomi Mi 11 and Realme Race in the mid-range premium price segment.
Motorola made a comeback to premium smartphone segment with the launch of Motorola Edge smartphone last year. We could see the successor to Motorola Edge+ with Snapdragon 888 as well. However, Motorola seems to be planning to not limit the flagship SoC to just one product model. It will be interesting to see how these companies compete against each other using the same chipset.