Back in December, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 888 SoC. This chip has gone on to become the most sort after flagship processor. However, an upgrade of this processor is already in the works. Not long ago, a new Qualcomm U code-named SM8450 “Waipio” appeared online. This chip attracted the continuous attention of many industry insiders and netizens. According to reports, this chip will be the successor of the Snapdragon 888. Furthermore, there are reports that this chip will arrive in the second half of this year.
A few days ago, popular Weibo leakster, @DCS claims that several Chinese manufacturers already have samples of the SM8450 chip. Furthermore, he claims that the progress with this chip may be a little bit faster than last year.
According to previous reports, SM8450 will be built with a 4nm process. This chip will integrate Kryo 780 CPU core based on ARM Cortex v9 technology, Adreno 730 GPU, and Spectra 680 ISP. It will also support a four-channel package LPDDR5 RAM, and also integrates Snapdragon X65 5G baseband.
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In addition, not long ago, a device called “Qualcomm Lahaina” appeared on the GeekBench running sub-platform. Judging from the running score data, its single-core running points hit 1171 while the multi-core running points hit 3704. This is not much different from the Snapdragon 888 model, but the CPU frequency has been increased to 3.0GHz. The X1 super-large core has been increased from 2.84GHz to 3.0GHz, the other core frequencies remain unchanged. The Prime CPU core (Cortex-X1) will be the one with 3GHz, the 3x Performance Cores (Cortex-A78) will have 2.42 clock speeds and the 4x Efficiency CPUs (Cortex-A55) will go up to 1.8GHz. However, there is no information on the GPU frequency. At present, the score is not much different from the normal version.
Recently, Honor CEO, Zhao Ming, attended the Qualcomm Technology and Cooperation Summit 2021. At the meeting, he announced that Honor 50 will launch the Snapdragon 778G chip. At the same time, he also revealed during the interview that Honor Magic 3 will use the industry’s most advanced flagship chip. Initial reports claim that Chinese manufacturers are already testing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Pro chip. The expectations are that smartphones with this chip will be available in the third quarter of this year.
The reports so far are that Honor will be one of the manufacturers to launch a new smartphone with the Snapdragon 888 Pro. Just like Xiaomi, Honor likes to debut processors.