Qualcomm has officially unveiled the next-generation Snapdragon 888 flagship SoC at this week’s Snapdragon Technology Summit 2020.
Qualcomm has officially explained why the Snapdragon 888 name was chosen over the Snapdragon 875. The main reason is that 888 is one of the lucky numbers in China. 8 means infinity, success and inner wisdom. In addition, the number 8 is always present in Qualcomm’s flagship SoCs, and this is the manufacturer’s best SoC at the moment.
Liu Zuohu, founder and CEO of OnePlus, spoke to Weibo users after the Snapdragon 888 announcement. He stated that next year OnePlus will celebrate 8 years since its founding. The OnePlus leader asked how they would react to the fact that a new flagship smartphone would come out under the name OnePlus 888. Of course, this is not confirmation that the company wants to rename the OnePlus 9 to OnePlus 888, but usually, Chinese companies turn to fans for opinion. when they really think about something like that.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 specifications were revealed yesterday. This platform uses the Arm Cortex-X1 super-core, which operates at 2.84 GHz, as well as three Cortex-A78 and four Cortex-A55 cores. The SoC also received a built-in Snapdragon x60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.
According to the latest reports, OnePlus may postpone the presentation of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro from April to next March.
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OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro renders give us the best look at the design
OnePlus is ready to close its 2020 as one of the company’s most important years ever. Well, this year the company entered the mid-range and entry-level segment with the OnePlus Nord series. Now, we can consider OnePlus a mainstream smartphone OEM rather than a company that produces just flagships. Now the company seems to be moving its focus to the next big thing – The OnePlus 9 series. A couple of weeks ago, we saw the first renders showcasing the handset design. Now, a set of new renders are coming from LetsGoDigital and ConceptCreator in order to give us the best look at the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro design.
The new handsets will leave the horizontal design that has been present in the series since the OnePlus 7 days.
OnePlus 9 Pro
In the OnePlus 9 Pro, we’ll have a rectangular island comprising four cameras. Two big lenses and two smaller lenses. According to reports, we have a wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lens. The fourth and final sensor function still remains a mystery. The OnePlus 9 Pro will have curved edges like its predecessor and the OnePlus 8T, however, it seems to be more curved now. The vanilla model will have a flat display.
The flagship will stick with a 6.7-inch display, probably an AMOLED fluid screen. Moreover, it seems that OnePlus is beefing up its display to support a 144Hz refresh rate. Gaming phones already proved that the 144Hz in smartphones can be achieved, so we assume that a lot of companies will be moving to that refresh rate. The new handset will also come with better speakers offering Dolby Atmos support.
A set of new OnePlus 9 renders was sent by Waqay Khan to GSMArena. It shows a triple camera, but that seems to be the biggest difference in the camera design. Both handsets bring the same design language.