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Snapdragon 888+ – a leading premium Android platform

Jun 28, 2021

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Fortune favors the bold. That was our philosophy in developing the Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform, the driving force behind many of the world’s most premium Android experiences. It’s a platform built on firsts that have leveled up experiences for mobile gamers, transformed smartphone photography, and powered streaming experiences for users around the world.

The Snapdragon 888 platform revolutionized how we use mobile technologies — and today, it gets even better. The next-generation Snapdragon 888+ 5G Mobile Platform supercharges its transformative predecessor, adding more than 20 percent improvement to our 6th generation Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine. Combined with our Qualcomm Kryo 680 CPU speed boosted up to 3 GHz1, Snapdragon 888+ renders complex graphical details in a flash with unparalleled sustained performance and increased efficiency.

Intelligent by design 

Imagine you’re heading out of town for a business trip, and you find out your boss just scheduled a mandatory meeting. You’re sitting in the terminal surrounded by crying children, constant airport announcements, and other slightly less intrusive sounds. But instead of freaking out and worrying your video call will be a nightmare, you’re calm knowing your Snapdragon 888+ powered phone has AI-based noise cancellation that works with the Qualcomm Audio and Voice Communication Suite to understand which noises to filter out.

That’s the power of a platform designed with artificial intelligence in its DNA. The Snapdragon 888+ uses our 6th gen Qualcomm AI Engine, the first to debut the fused accelerator architecture. With more than a 20 percent overall AI improvement from its predecessor, it hits up to an industry-leading 32 TOPS (the 888 mobile platform hit 26 TOPS). All this AI means your device is “thinking” constantly, creating a more intuitive and seamless experience whether you’re gaming, streaming, or capturing photos and videos.

Premium connectivity and unrivaled speed

The platform also uses industry-leading connectivity technology with the latest, multi-gigabit Wi-Fi 6 and 6E speeds using the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System. And our 3rd generation Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF System  lets you stream games and video lag-free on 5G whether you’re at home or on-the-go. According to Ookla2, the fastest 5G capable devices in the US, Germany, and China all run on Snapdragon1, proof of our leadership when it comes to mobile connectivity and powering flagship experiences on a global suite of devices.

Your games also promise to be rendered in vibrant, dynamic quality thanks to the Snapdragon 888+ platform, which includes the Snapdragon Elite Gaming feature set. Snapdragon Elite Gaming is a suite of features made specifically to bring leading-edge tech to mobile gamers, and includes true 10-bit HDR gaming, HDR fast blend, the Qualcomm Adreno 660 GPU for amazingly detailed graphics in a flash, and the  variable rate shading for mobile gaming available only on Snapdragon3, so gameplay is both fast and the experience rich.

Brilliant capture

Thanks to Snapdragon 888+’s AI intelligence, doing something as vital as video calling your family becomes more immersive. Instead of dealing with the din of your brother’s office or the truck idling by your aunt’s house, AI-based noise cancelation is now running on the 2nd gen Qualcomm Sensing Hub, and will identify and suppress unwanted noise dynamically. This works on all phone calls and video calls, your calls now are truly powered by always-on AI. And as for your nephew who can’t stand still during a video call? The platform’s intelligent camera enhancement features can keep him in focus no matter where he is.

Snapdragon 888+ also features the revolutionary Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) compliant camera, which means that the photos you take on your mobile device are cryptographically verified as yours the minute they’re snapped. It also sports another Snapdragon innovation with 10-bit HDR high efficiency image file photo capture, so the professional-quality photos you take can be compressed and stored without sacrificing quality.

And those leading camera capabilities aren’t just for still photos either. Snapdragon 888+ also powers our unrivaled 4K HDR with computation HDR video capture, an innovation that renders video in over a billion shades of color with crisp contrast, peak brightness, and deep blacks. And for videographers out there, the Qualcomm AI Engine pairs with Snapdragon’s triple ISP so you can shoot video intelligently, capturing telephoto, wide-angle, and ultra-wide-angle photos at up to 2.7 gigapixels per second without having to move a muscle. If you’re looking to add even more drama to those shots, you can take advantage of Snapdragon 888+’s AI-based bokeh effects.

The Snapdragon 888+ 5G Mobile Platform harnesses our most premium Snapdragon intelligence for elite on-device entertainment, backed by boosted AI and CPU performance to power unparalleled intellect and immersion. We’re driving the next generation of mobile and providing the premium experiences Android users deserve.


1. Maximum CPU speed measured at 2.995 GHz 2.  2. Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data 5G median download speed in the U.S. for Q1 2021, median download speed in Germany for Q1 2021, & 5G median download speed in China for Q1 2021. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.  3. As of the launch of Snapdragon 888+ on 6/28/21.  Snapdragon, Snapdragon Elite Gaming, Qualcomm Sensing Hub, Qualcomm FastConnect, and Qualcomm AI Engine are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.




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