The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC has been named the flagship phone of the MWC 2021. The new processor is a slight upgrade to the Snapdragon 888 SoC and offers an increased clock speed of the Qualcomm Kryo 680 Prime Core to 3.0 GHz and is equipped with the 6th generation Qualcomm AI Engine with up to 32 TOPS (Tera Operations Per Second) AI performance, which the company claims is over a 20 percent improvement. Apart from that, the new Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC is almost the same as its sibling, which was released last December, and the new model looks set to power new flagships launched in the second half of 2021.
The big difference is that Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC has a Kryo 680 nuclear watch with increased speed up to 2.995GHz. The sixth-generation Qualcomm Hexagaon 780 AI processor can now deliver 32 TOPS instead of the 26 TOPS of the regular Snapdragon 888 SoC. Apart from that, everything else remains almost unchanged. Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus has an Adreno 660 graphics processor and a 5G Snapdragon X60 modem with 7.5 Gbps maximum DL speed. Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 enables the latest Wi-Fi standards for fast downloads. Qualcomm has announced that commercial phones based on the Snapdragon 888 Plus are expected to be announced in the third quarter of 2021.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 Plus has a Spectra 580 ISP that allows triple simultaneous capture with parallel processing at up to 2.7 gigapixels per second. It can capture three 28-megapixel shots or three 4K HDR videos at once, capture a 120-megapixel 120-megapixel series, offer AI-based autofocus and auto-exposure, and a new low-light architecture helping to capture brighter photos, even in near darkness. The chipset also carries 10-bit color depth in HEIF format for capturing vivid colors.
The Snapdragon 888 Plus supports a full range of Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, which include variable speed shading for faster graphics performance and Qualcomm Game Quick Touch for increased display response. The chipset also offers Quick Charge 5 support, which claims to fully charge the phone in less than 15 minutes. Connection options include up to Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth v5.2 and NFC. In addition, the chipset includes support for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC and SBAS. The Snapdragon 888 Plus supports up to 4K display at 60Hz or QHD + at 144Hz. It also supports HDR and HDR10 + standards.