Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, was the first company to launch a smartphone with the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is the maiden phone with Qualcomm’s latest flagship chip. Now, there are reports that the company will launch more smartphones with this chip this year. According to @DigitalCtatStation, Xiaomi has three new flagships with the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The model numbers of these devices are M2102K1AC, M2102K1C, and M2011J18C.
According to the report, all these smartphones are flagships and they are not cheap. Of course, we are expecting the Xiaomi Mi Pro series, and Redmi K40 series. These series will all use the Snapdragon 888 SoC. While the M2102K1AC and M2102K1C are probably Pro models of the Xiaomi Mi 11 series, the M2011J18C is pretty new. Could this be the Xiaomi foldable phone or the Xiaomi Mi MIX 4? As for the MIX 4, we do not expect its certification so early.
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Qualcomm 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.