Qualcomm unveiled their latest fastest flagship processor which is going to be the Snapdragon 888 Plus. Snapdragon 888 Plus is coming with a 3 GHz CPU Core and improved AI engine which now performs about 20% better. The rest of the stuff is similar to Snapdragon 888 but you still get performance boost and a huge jump in AI based stars.
Qualcomm released the Snapdragon 888 chip built with Samsung’s 5nm process in December last year. Xiaomi Mi 11 was the first to be commercialized, and then Samsung, Asus, Sony, and many other models also used the Snapdragon 888 chip. This chip has become the strongest processor in the Android mobile phone market. But this year, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 has a mediocre performance in the market. Because of the power consumption problem, the phone is easy to heat up, especially in summer.
At present, many manufacturers have launched various solutions for optimization, but most of them limit performance in exchange for less heat. In this way, the gain is not worth the loss. Users buy flagship chips for high performance. This is why the Snapdragon 870 is popular this year.
Therefore, mobile phone users expect the next generation of processors to solve this problem. Although looking at it now, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 still has some problems with high power consumption and low heat during gaming. However, it is still the standard configuration of all major Android flagship phones. Now that more than half a year has passed, Qualcomm has conventionally released the most powerful mobile phone chip, an overclocked enhanced version of Snapdragon 888, Snapdragon 888 Plus.
In accordance with the practice of previous years, Qualcomm will release an advanced version of high-end processors in the second half of the year. So Qualcomm has now officially released the Snapdragon 888 Plus processor. This is the same as the previous product line, because it is under pressure from market competitiveness. Previously, it was mainly pressure from Huawei’s Kirin.
Qualcomm needs to update iteratively twice a year. Apple had some pressure on Qualcomm before, but Apple is an iOS platform, although the strength is not enough to make Qualcomm so competitive.
Huawei used Android before. If Qualcomm does not update, it will reduce the competitiveness of mobile phone manufacturers, which will lead to more and more manufacturers self-developed. So Qualcomm has carried out two changes a year. As an important factor affecting the performance of mobile phones, mobile phone platforms have always attracted attention.
Snapdragon 888 plus Specification
In terms of specifications, Snapdragon 888 Plus is a small upgraded version of Snapdragon 888, which can be seen from the name. It’s just that Samsung’s foundry is a pity at the moment. This year, Samsung is also responsible for the power consumption of Snapdragon 888. However, some of the reasons are that Qualcomm suddenly upgraded the architecture. There are many reasons for this problem. But it’s a shame not to use TSMC foundry.
I can only expect that the Snapdragon 895 will be handed over to TSMC for foundry. Then we will see if the Snapdragon 895 has improved in power consumption. As the second manufacturer in the foundry industry, Samsung has been catching up all these years, but unfortunately it still cannot surpass TSMC. Just as other manufacturers cannot surpass Samsung’s screen.
This time, as in previous years, the CPU frequency is still increased, and the theoretical performance has been enhanced. From the comparison of specifications produced by some media, compared with Snapdragon 888, Snapdragon 888 Plus is mainly upgraded.
Cortex-X1 large core, its main frequency has been increased from 2.84GHz to 3GHz, and the performance is expected to increase by about 5%. At the same time, the artificial intelligence engine has achieved a comprehensive performance improvement through high frequency and software optimization. The computing power is 32 trillion TOPS operations per second, and the performance of artificial intelligence is improved by more than 20%. This 5.2%+20% performance improvement has to make people worry about power consumption. And this time there is no mention of architecture issues, which means that the old architecture is used At that time, the power consumption may be even more severe, which is very bad for the Smartphone experience.
The mobile phone is an intimate device for each user. This is related to many issues. Once the heat is overheated, it will cause people to worry about safety when using it. At the same time, the performance of the phone will decrease, especially when playing games. The other parameters of this chip are basically unchanged.
According to some international tech media, that the X1 core of Snapdragon 888 is already very power-consuming. The newly released Snapdragon 888 Plus has increased the frequency again, and I am curious about its power consumption performance. After all, the weather is getting hot now, and many manufacturers are making scene restrictions for the frequency reduction of Snapdragon 888. If you want to meet the performance of the Snapdragon 888 Plus super core, you must have a very good heat dissipation design.
Senior vice president and general manager of mobile phone business of Qualcomm Technologies said that the Snapdragon symbolizes the top Android experience. The new Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G flagship mobile platform will bring users the top entertainment, connectivity and gaming experience they expect. He is very pleased to see that OEMs are about to release products equipped with Qualcomm’s highest performance platform. The focus now is on which phones will use this overclocked Snapdragon 888 Plus chip.
According to past practice, this Qualcomm overclocked flagship chip is all released by Samsung. Even the previous generation of Snapdragon 865 Plus was monopolized by Samsung for a while. So if there is no accident, Samsung will not be surprised if this chip is used in the high-end folding screen released in the second half of the year. But this time there are indeed many manufacturers who are supporting the Snapdragon 888 Plus chip.
Manufacturers that have already launched corresponding models, including Asus, Xiaomi, Honor, Motorola and Vivo. Honor is definitely the Honor Magic 3 mobile phone released in the second half of the year. Earlier Honor executives said The game-changing progress seen in the new Snapdragon 888 Plus makes it ideal for the upcoming Honor Magic 3 series flagship. Presumably Glory has already started adapting the processor to the corresponding model and optimized it. You can look forward to the performance of the Snapdragon 888 Plus on the Honor model long before the launch of Snapdragon 888 Plus.
There is news that Honor will launch the Magic 3 series equipped with Snapdragon 888 Pro in August. And Snapdragon 888 Plus was actually called Snapdragon 888 Pro at first For Honor, as a high-end series, the Magic 3 series is also the first high-end series released after leaving Huawei. If you don’t take the price/performance ratio as a selling point, then Honor must come up with some technologies. Mid-range phones such as Honor V40 and Honor 50 can be understood by everyone. But in the high-end market, you must have strength.
Honor plans to release two Magic series models this year, one of which will be a foldable phone, which is expected to be launched under the name Honor Magic Fold. Users are still looking forward to the Honor high-end series, and there are no more definite news releases. But as a manufacturer from Huawei, I hope that Honor can also be a little bit stronger and have a foothold in the high-end market.
At the same time, it is also very important for glory. It has always been considered to be attached to Huawei before, but now it is even more important to prove itself. It is naturally good to have Huawei’s reputation blessing, but from a long-term strategic consideration, this will also be a burden for future glory.
Xiaomi may be equipped with this chip in Xiaomi Mi MIX 4, and Asus should launch an enhanced version of the gaming phone. Vivo may not launch itself, but iQOO’s main game performance may not be absent. As for the manufacturers that have not entered this list, it is estimated that apart from Samsung, others are not interested.
After all, in terms of performance, the changes of Snapdragon 888 Plus are small compared to Snapdragon 888. Artificial intelligence performance will not be very perceptive to users. Previously, like the Red Magic and Black Sharks, they no longer use this overclocking enhanced version of the chip, and it is estimated that they will not use it this time. After all, to re-make a mobile phone, R&D and promotion are costly, instead of making a product with an overclocked version of the chip. It’s better to concentrate on selling your existing products.
The performance of Snapdragon 888 is also obvious to all, and the power consumption and heat generation are indeed very unsatisfactory. I believe that all users of Snapdragon 888 this summer have deeply experienced its skills. Compared with the performance of Qualcomm 8 series processors in previous years, it is a bit overturned.
The reason is partly because the X1 super core used by Qualcomm is not fully debugged, which leads to high power consumption and heat generation. The Snapdragon 888 Plus not only continues to increase the frequency on the X1 super core with the highest power consumption. And the process is still Samsung’s 5nm, the future power consumption performance is really not optimistic. It may happen that the performance increase is not as large as the power consumption increase.
What is the actual performance of Snapdragon 888 Plus, it will take a while to know. At present, for the Snapdragon 888 Plus, the biggest question is still the power consumption and temperature performance. You should know that the X1 core of Snapdragon 888, at 2.84GHz, the power consumption is quite exaggerated. Now that it has reached 3GHz, it is obviously another test for the power consumption and heat generation of the mobile phone. In this way, to give full play to the performance of this chip, you need to spend some time on heat dissipation.
However, the price of the Snapdragon 888 Plus mobile phone in the second half of the year will be higher than we thought.