The Snapdragon 888 is an improvement over the 865 in all categories. For more information, see the detailed breakdown. However, Qualcomm was particularly focused on several areas. The first batch of promotional videos makes it pretty clear what they were.
We start with the game. The Adreno 660 GPU is 35% faster than its predecessor as a baseline but can be improved by another 30% with the latest features such as variable-rate shading. Qualcomm wants to position the 888 in the 3rd generation Snapdragon Elite Gaming as follows: Include A chipset I have for serious gamers.
The chipset renders HDR graphics to reduce touch response time but also addresses other issues such as howling crashes in in-game voice chat.
This is an overview of all sorts of popular games, with the graphics improvements brought about by the new chipset.
Interestingly, Qualcomm called itself a camera company at the Technology Summit. We don’t create lenses or sensors, but the hardware allows these small lenses and sensors to produce computational photographs that can produce stunning images.
The Triple Eight chipset is the first Snapdragon with the triple ISP Spectra 580. This allows for 4K / 120 fps capture and playback, a burst of 120 shots per second, and a smooth transition between different cameras on the phone. The chipset captures images with 10-bit HEIF and features a new architecture for low-light photography.
The latest smartphone photos require an ISP (or 3) or higher. AI accelerators help improve image quality and achieve various effects. The low-power (sub 1mA) sensing hub can detect a variety of events, such as pick-up movements and baby crying.
The Snapdragon 888 also introduces Qualcomm’s new X60 5G modem. It provides fiber-like internet speeds and low latency. Local connectivity is also state-of-the-art, thanks to the FastConnect 6900 system.
This extends to the low latency sound of wireless headsets. To that end, the new chipset supports aptX Adaptive and True Wireless, as well as Aqstic, which handles the audio coming out of the phone’s speakers.