Qualcomm has announced a plus variant of its latest flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC at an MWC 2021 event held on June 28. The Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset will allegedly power flagship Android smartphones released in the second half of 2021.
The chipset is an upgraded version of its predecessor which was released back in December last year and features minor improvements to the CPU and AI capabilities. The single Cortex-X1 core in the Plus variant is now clocked at 2.995 GHz, instead of the 2.84GHz clock speed on the regular one. Other cores include three high-performance Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four low-power Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz remain the same.
The Snapdragon 888 Plus offers the same GPU but has an upgraded AI Engine. The featured 6th-Gen Qualcomm AI Engine with Hexagon 780 processor offers 32 TOPS (Tera Operations Per Second) compared to 26 TOPS on the 888 5G.
Apart from these, all features on the 888 Plus remain the same which includes, the Snapdragon X60 5G modem, Spectra 580 Image Signal Processor, and maximum display support of 4K at 60Hz and QHD+ at a 144Hz refresh rate.
Qualcomm suggests that top manufacturers like Asus, Honor, Motorola, Vivo, and Xiaomi are working to power their devices with the new chipset which can be expected to launch in the third quarter of 2021.