Not long ago, Qualcomm accidentally leaked some information about the next-generation chip at the press conference of the Snapdragon 888 Plus. Particularly, the company spokesperson said that the first smartphones powered by the next-gen flagship chip will be released at the end of the year.
Previously, there were many news that Qualcomm will call the successor of the Snapdragon 888 the Snapdragon 895, continuing the previous naming rules. But what we recently see is that the chip may continue the characteristics of 888 and be named “Snapdragon 898”.
X2 Super Core
At the same time, a Weibo tipster also revealed that the Snapdragon 898 will have an X2 super core with a frequency of 3.09GHz. Thus, it is going to have a performance improvement over the predecessor.
If you remember, previously, we heard that the Snapdragon 898 would use a 1+3+2+2 quad-cluster architecture. In it, the Kryo 780 super-large core is based on Cortex-X2, the Kryo 780 large core is based on Cortex-710, and the Kryo 780 energy-efficient large core is based on Cortex-510 (High frequency) / the Kryo 780 energy efficiency small core is based on Cortex-A510 (low frequency).
The Cortex-X2/A710/A510 are ARM’s latest public version design based on a 64-bit v9 instruction set, replacing X1/A78/A55 respectively.
Also, as the previous GeekBench 5 data shows, the Snapdragon 898’s single-core running score is about 1250 and the multi-core running score is about 4000. Compared with the Snapdragon 888, it brings a significant upgrade. So there is every reason to think, in AnTuTu, its score will exceed one million mark for the first time.
Though our protagonist won’t use the legendary 3nm process, it will be built with Samsung’s 4nm process. Plus, the overall power consumption and heat generation will be reduced to a certain extent. But we have also heard that the Snapdragon 898 will be converted to a more stable TSMC 4nm process later in 2022. But it may not appear on the market in the first half of the year.
Snapdragon 898 Expected Features
- Kryo 780 CPU core based on ARM Cortex v9 technology
- Adreno 730 GPU core
- Spectra 680 ISP image processor
- Up to 1GHz millimeter-wave downlink and 400MHz Sub-6 D rate
- Support Qualcomm Aqstic WCD9380/WCD9385 audio codec
- Qualcomm Security Processing Unit (SPU260)
- Support Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 subsystem
- Support four-channel package LPDDR5 RAM
- Adreno 665 Video Processing Unit (VPU)
- Adreno 1195 Display Processing Unit (DPU)