Chinese manufacturer, ZTE, has not been very active in the smartphone market. Nevertheless, the company recently released the ZTE Axon 20 5G Extreme Edition. Qualcomm officially released the Snapdragon 888 flagship platform processor at the 2020 Snapdragon Technology Summit. This is Qualcomm’s first 5G mobile chip to integrate a 5G modem. The company revealed at the technology summit that 14 smartphone OEM manufacturers are developing smartphones based on Snapdragon 888. Nevertheless, it did not specify which models will use this chip. Now, official reports show that ZTE Axon 30, Nubia Z series, and Nubia Red Magic will use this chip.
However, some of these companies are now officially confirming that they will use the SD888. The Xiaomi Mi 11, Realme Race, and a Meizu flagship phone will use this chip. ZTE officials took to Weibo to unveil the company’s plan. According to the poster, the ZTE Axon 30, a device from the Nubia Z series, and a Nubia Red Magic phone will use the Snapdragon 888 SoC. Recall that the Nubia Red Magic lineup is for gaming and the SD888 is also optimized for gaming.
Snapdragon 888 specs
The Snapdragon 888 uses 1 x 2.84GHz (ARM’s latest Cortex X1 core) + 3 x 2.4GHz (Cortex A78) + 4 x 1.8GHz (Cortex A55) architecture. The GPU is Adreno 660 and it supports WiFi 6E as well as Bluetooth 5.2.
As the latest product of Snapdragon 8 series, Snapdragon 888 integrates Qualcomm’s third-generation 5G modem and radio frequency system – Snapdragon X60, which supports all major global millimeter wave and Sub-6GHz frequency bands, as well as 5G carrier aggregation, global multi-SIM card functions, Independent (SA) and non-independent (NSA) networking modes and dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS).
The sixth-generation Qualcomm AI engine integrated on the Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform includes a newly designed Qualcomm Hexagon processor, with a performance of 26 trillion operations per second (26 TOPS). In terms of games, it integrates the third-generation Snapdragon Elite Gaming. Also, Qualcomm claims that this chip brings the most significant performance improvement ever made by Qualcomm Adreno GPU. It also comes with a 2nd generation Qualcomm Sensing Hub which “incorporates low-power always-on AI processing for intuitive intelligent features.”
In terms of camera performance, the Spectra ISP of Snapdragon 888 supports faster billion-pixel-level processing speeds. Users can process 2.7 billion pixels per second to take photos and videos. This is about 120 frames per second and each frame is 12MP. The processing speed is up to 35% higher than the previous generation platform.
The flagship processor also comes with the new 6th-gen AI Engine. Furthermore, the hexagon processor brings a considerable leap in AI performance, 26 tera operations per second (TOPS) compared to the last generation.