At its special every year summit that just started in December, Qualcomm introduced the new generation of its flagship Snapdragon 800 series processor. This year, though, many have speculated that Snapdragon 875 is the name of the new reference processor for California.
It is a processor directed at the latest mobile phones that will arrive throughout the first half of 2021, which will compete with a processor like the Apple A14 found in the iPhone 12 or the future Exynos 1080 that the Galaxy S21 will carry.
As has been planned for some time, the new Snapdragon 888 is being manufactured in a 5nm process, a progression that leaves 7nm from the previous Snapdragon 855 and 865.
The processor houses the powerful new Cortex-X1 core, which operates at a maximum frequency of 2.84GHz. This core is supplemented by three more Cortex-A78s at 2.45 GHz, and a fourth power-saving core: Cortex-A55 at 1.8 GHz.
Another new is the inclusion of the X60 modem processor, which supports higher upload and download speeds through support for 5G NSA and SA. In addition, Qualcomm has confirmed that the modem is as integrated as on Snapdragon 765, and therefore it will not be included separately as is the case on Snapdragon 865.
The first phones with Snapdragon 888 will arrive during the first months of 2021, with phones from companies such as Realme, Xiaomi or Samsung, and the two upcoming phones are expected to include the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Samsung Galaxy S21.