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MWC 2021 | Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ 5G revealed with a 3.0 GHz CPU clock speed and 20% better AI performance than the Snapdragon 888

The Snapdragon 888+ 5G is another mid-cycle refresh for Qualcomm. (Image source: Qualcomm)
The Snapdragon 888+ 5G is another mid-cycle refresh for Qualcomm. (Image source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon 888+ 5G, a refresh of its already popular flagship SoC for 2021. The Snapdragon 888 Plus builds on the performance that the Snapdragon 888 already offers with a higher CPU clock speed and improved AI performance.

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Qualcomm has revealed a new flagship SoC at MWC 2021, but it is not the Snapdragon 888 Pro. Instead, the chipmaker has announced the Snapdragon 888+ 5G, mirroring the Snapdragon 865+ and Snapdragon 855+ before it. As its name suggests, the Snapdragon 888+ 5G is a slightly better version of the Snapdragon 888, the go-to flagship SoC for Android OEMs this year.

Like the Snapdragon 865+ and Snapdragon 855+, the Snapdragon 888+ 5G delivers an overclocked CPU and a few other flourishes. Specifically, Qualcomm has overclocked the ARM Cortex-X1 core in its Kryo 680 SoC to 2.995 GHz, rounded to 3.0 GHz. This overclock represents approximately a 5% clock speed increase, albeit just on of the SoCs eight cores.

Additionally, Qualcomm claims to have improved the AI performance of the Snapdragon 888+ 5G relative to the Snapdragon 888. Apparently, the new SoC can achieve 32 TOPS, up from the 26 TOPS that the Snapdragon 888 manages. The Snapdragon 888+ 5G continues to use the Hexagon 780 processor found in the Snapdragon 888, though. 

The Snapdragon 888+ 5G shares all its other aspects with the Snapdragon 888, as the slides below show. Qualcomm expects multiple Android OEMs to leverage the Snapdragon 888+ 5G, including ASUS ROG, Honor, Motorola and Xiaomi, among others. The Snapdragon 888+ 5G should start reaching people in Q3 2021.

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(Image source: Qualcomm)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-06-28 (Update: 2021-06-28)