According to Qualcomm’s official website, the 2021 Snapdragon Technology Summit will hold from November 30 to December 2, 2021. The protagonist of this summit will be the announcement of the Snapdragon 898 SoC. Judging from the recent reports, manufacturers including Honor, Xiaomi, Vivo, Samsung, Motorola, Oppo, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, Black Shark, Lenovo, Nubia, Realme, OnePlus, Sharp, and other manufacturers all have the opportunity to be in the first batch. Right now, there is even a competition for which manufacturer will be the first to use this chip. According to previous information, Xiaomi will hold a press conference at the end of this year or early 2022. The company will unveil the Xiaomi 12 series which will arrive with the Snapdragon 898 SoC.
The latest report regarding the Xiaomi 12 series shows that it will launch simultaneously in the global market. The global versions of the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro (2201122G & 2201123G) now have EEC certification. This indicates that the Xiaomi 12 series global launch is not far away. This also implies that Xiaomi’s digital series will arrive earlier than the previous generation.
Before now, the Xiaomi 12 with model number 2201122G has also obtained India BIS certification. This smartphone will probably arrive in India with the Redmi Note 11 Pro / Redmi Note 11 Pro+.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 SoC
According to the report, the Snapdragon 898 SoC will use Samsung’s 4nm manufacturing process. In addition, this chip will use a 1+3+4 three-cluster architecture design. The super-large core is Cortex X2, and the main frequency hit 3.0GHz. Also, the main frequency of the large core is 2.5GHz, and the main frequency of the small core is 1.79GHz. The graphic card is the Adreno 730.
Comparing this chip with its predecessor, the Snapdragon 898’s super-large core frequency is higher. This will inevitably bring about an improvement in performance. However, the high frequency will also inevitably bring high power consumption. If Qualcomm is increasing the frequency, it should have a way to reduce power consumption. If this is not done, the smartphone manufacturers will have a lot of work to do. Whether or not the major smartphone manufacturers can suppress the power consumption of this chip remains to be seen. Recall that it was an uphill task for many manufacturers with the Snapdragon 888.
The Xiaomi 12 device will come with an LTPO adaptive refresh rate screen. This feature will realize an adaptive refresh rate adjustment function between 1 – 120Hz. This feature will also bring an automatic adjustment of the display. This means that when a user activates a high-demanding game, the refresh rate of the display automatically sets to 120Hz. However, when the user is on a social app, it reduces the refresh rate significantly. This will ultimately help in the power consumption of the device. This smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 SoC.