Qualcomm announced the key details of its flagship 800 series chipset, the Snapdragon 888 at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit. This will power most 2021 flagships, the names, and features of which are listed here.
Realme, Xiaomi, and Oppo were quick to announce that they will be racing to bring Snapdragon 888 to market. The rest of the players like Samsung were also not behind. Here we have curated a list of all the top handsets wielding the new chip.
But, before we get to the phones, let’s take a look at what the silicone has to offer.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Highlights
- The shift to a 5nm process node and the integrated X60 modem help bring in a 25% improvement in battery efficiency.
- Snapdragon 888 is 25% faster than Snapdragon 865 that it succeeds while being 25% power efficient
- Snapdragon 888 employs Cortex-X1 core prime core clocked at 2.84Ghz with double L1, L2 cache that can execute 33% more instructions per cycle. Other clusters include (3x) Cortex-A78 cores and (4x) Cortex-A55 cores.
- Adreno 660 GPU is 35% faster and 20% power efficient. It supports 10-bit HDR and sub-pixel rendering.
- Adreno 660 gets Variable Rate Shading support like recent GPUs. VRS allows shaders to work on rendering multiple pixels at a time without notable loss in quality. Game quick touch feature can reduce game latency by a significant 20%
- Snapdragon 888 has Spectra 580 with triple-ISP and thus three-camera streams can be processed simultaneously. It can also process 10-bit HDR photos in HEIF and enable cameras to shoot 120 12-megapixel images in a second.
- AI processing gets a big boost. With the redesigned Hexagon DSP, Snapdragon 888 can deliver 26 TOPS as compared to 15 TOPS on Snapdragon 865
- Snapdragon X60 modem is integrated on the die. Snapdragon 888 also gets Wi-Fi 6E support. Bluetooth 5.2 with dual antennas is also supported.
- Snapdragon 888 supports QuickCharge 5.0 which supports up to 100W charging and is compatible with USB PD 4.0.
List of the best Snapdragon 888 phones
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 will be adopted by all major Android manufacturers this year. Many have already announced or confirmed their upcoming phones with the SoC.
1. Asus ROG Phone 5 series
Like always, Asus is the first brand to bring the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC in the country. This time it’s with ROG Phone 5. That’s right, the Asus ROG Phone 5 is first Snapdragon 888 phone in India. It’s out an out a gamer’s phones. With SD888 at the heart and a 144hz Samsung AMOLED screen at top you have a delightful combination at your disposal.
Asus has loaded ROG Phone 5 series tons of features all developed keeping the gaming enthusiast in mind. Asus allow users to optimize hardware for gaming via armory crate. It also has features like air triggers, Type-C port on the side for charging, 6000mAh battery, multi-antenna Wi-Fi, a quad-mic noise-canceling array 3.5mm jack, and dual front-facing speakers.
- Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate price in India & specs
- Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro price in India & specs
- Asus ROG Phone 5 price in India & specs
2. Samsung Galaxy S21 series
Samsung was curiously missing from Qualcomm’s announcement slide listing its 14 OEM partners. But, anyway, the S-series has launched helming the 888 (in the North Amerian market). All three phones viz. Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra bags the new silicone. This is coupled with LPDDR5 + UFS 3.1 memory configuration, and a sufficiently big battery (supported by a 25W fast charger).
The lower two models sport triple rear camera (12MP+12MP+64MP) setups, while the Ultra boasts a quartet consisting of a 108MP main camera and up to 100x Space Zoom capability. Other highlights include the Dynamic AMOLED 120Hz VRR displays, One UI 3.0 based on Android 11, and 5G, among other things.
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Price and Specs
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Price and Specs
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Price and Specs
3. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Mi 11 Ultra is a beast of a phone that represents the best of Xiaomi. The long list of features includes Dolby Vision support, a secondary ticker display on the back, a 50MP primary camera, 48MP periscope zoom camera, 5000mAh battery with 67W fast charging, and of course, Snapdragon 888 octa-core chipset.
The Mi 11 Ultra costs INR 69,999 in India, a price at which it will trade blows with premium tier-1 options including the OnePlus 9 Pro.
4. Xiaomi Mi 11x Pro
Xiaomi Mi 11x Pro is the true flagship killer in Xiaomi’s lineup that offers Snapdragon 888 at an aggressive starting price of INR 39,990 and thus should be very alluring to gamers. The chipset is further paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.
The Mi 11x Pro has a 120Hz AMOLED display that supports HDR10+. The primary camera on the rear is a 108MP sensor and there is a 20MP shooter on the front. The Mi 11x Pro is a reasonably slim phone that makes room for a 4520mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.
5. Xiaomi Mi 11
As Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun announced, Mi 11 was the first phone to bring Snapdragon 888 to market. The 5G capable phone also featured Android 11 out of the box, a 120Hz QHD+ AMOLED screen, a 108MP resolution primary camera, 4600mAh battery, and 55W snappy charger support.
You can pick the device in multiple memory variants going all the way up to 12+256gigs configuration. The connectivity options include WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, NFC, USB-C, and even an infrared sensor. The software is Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 skin.
6. OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro
OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro ships with Snapdragon 888 SoC under the hood. OnePlus’ 2021 flagships pairs SD888 with UFS3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM. With these new phones, OnePlus started a new chapter of its partnership with Hasselblad for cameras. OnePlus has aggressively marketed its new cameras. So many are asking? Are they as good as marketed? Well, short answer is not exactly.
Initial reviews suggest the OnePlus, they pack good cameras but not in the same league as Apple or Samsung flagships.As for camera hardware, the OnePlus 9 packs 48MP + 50MP + 2MP triple cameras at the back, while the OnePlus 9 Pro comes with 48MP + 50MP + 8MP + 2MP quad cameras.
7. Vivo X60 Pro+
Vivo has used the Snapdragon 888 SoC in its X60 Pro that comes with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It includes a 4,200mAh battery and is backed by a 55W fast charging support.
The regular X60 Pro on the other hand is powered by Snapdragon 870. The X60 Pro+ is very similar to the iQOO 7 Legend in India that is also relatively cheaper.
8. iQOO 7 Legend
iQOO 7 Legend is powered by a Snapdragon 888 chipset which is paired with Adreno 660 GPU. The memory options are 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 plus 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM. A 4000mAh battery keeps the phone ticking. This is bolstered by 65W ultra-fast flash charging support.
In the camera department, you have three by the back (13MP + 13MP + 48MP) and a 16MP front camera. Speaking of which, the frontier is a 6.62-inch 120Hz AMOLED panel.
9. Realme GT
Realme was the first to launch Snapdragon 865 powered 5G phone in India but Snapdragon 888-powered Realme GT is not coming to India before Holi festival. Having said that, Realme GT India launch is not too far either as recently it was spotted listed on Indian IMEi database.
Realme’s first 2021 flagship packs high-end specifications including Qualcomm’s mighty powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset. If global variant is anything to go by, the phone will boast off a 120Hz AMOLED display, 64MP primary camera, a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging and support for 5G dual-mode.
10. Oppo Find X3 Pro
Oppo Find X3 Pro with Snapdragon 888 octa-core chipset has already made its debut outside India and OPPO is likely to launch it here in the country sometime in April. The X3 Pro comes with system-wide support for 10-bit colors and a new color management system that Oppo detailed at its Inno Day 2020.
Apart from that, its more or less the same phone as OnePlus 9 Pro minus Hasselblad stamp on rear camera module. Like OnePLus 9 Pro, it also features a 6.7-inch QHD+ curved edged display on the front with 120Hz refresh rate and peak brightness of 500 nits. It is also driven by a Snapdragon 888 SoC, matted to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.
List of best phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 in India
These are some of the most popular phones with Snapdragon 888 and most of these are available in India. Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 870 are seeing wide adoption this year and are available in several phones with prices starting at around INR 30,000.