Qualcomm has officially announced the company’s latest Snapdragon 888 flagship SoC which will be succeeding last year’s Snapdragon 865. Among the swathe of upgrades, some of the most notable ones include the new Qualcomm X60 modem and Adreno GPU, as well as an upgraded Hexagon processor for its next-generation’s AI engine.
As usual, its the time of the year again when smartphone OEMs are jostling to be among the first to launch a new smartphone with the latest Qualcomm flagship chip – which we can totally understand due to the immense marketing value to launch the “first smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888”.
So far, here’s the list of officially confirmed smartphones that will be launched with the all-new Snapdragon 888 SoC:
Xiaomi Mi 11
Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi is the first to drop the news that the company will be launching the much anticipated Xiaomi Mi 11 flagship with Snapdragon 888 SoC. However, the company took things further by confirming that the Xiaomi Mi 11 will be the first in the world to debut with the Snapdragon 888 SoC.
This year, the ZTE Axon 10s Pro is the first smartphone in the world to launch with the Snapdragon 865 back in February. According to recent reports, the Mi 11 could break cover as early as January this year.
Having impressed by the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G (Review), we’re certainly more than excited to see what the upcoming Mi 11 has in store for us!
Following the official confirmation by Xiaomi, the company’s Redmi sub-brand had also confirmed on the same. Although Redmi didn’t reveal anything about the model of the phone which will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset, but there’s a possibility it may come from the K-series line.
Moving on, Realme has also jumped into the party by confirming that the company will be launching a Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone that will bear the codename Realme “Race”.
Though we are still weeks or months away from its actual launch, but the folks over at GSMArena and renowned leaker Ishan Agarwal had already shared the official image of the device which showcases its rear design. Apparently, the device shares an utterly close resemblance to the OPPO Ace2 that was launched in the Chinese market earlier this year.
Other than that, it was also confirmed that the upcoming Realme “Race” will feature 12 gigs of RAM and boots on Android 11 out of the box.
OPPO Find X Series (Find X3)
OPPO has confirmed that the company’s next-generation’s Find X series smartphones will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. According to reports, these devices are expected to launch under the Find X3 monikers and will be succeeding this year’s OPPO Find X2 and Find X2 Pro (Review).
According to OPPO, the upcoming Find X3 series devices will break cover during the first quarter of 2021. They will be announced with the company’s latest Full-path Color Management System which will greatly improves the photography experience of its users.
Vivo & iQOO
Vivo has also confirmed that the company will be launching a Snapdragon 888-powered flagship soon. However, there isn’t any details pertaining to its phone model as of now.
This year, the Vivo NEX 3S 5G was the first Vivo smartphone to be launched with the Snapdragon 865 chipset. So there’s always a likelihood that the upcoming Snapdragon 888-fueled smartphone could come from the “NEX” series. Otherwise, there’s also rumors that the device may come from the “X60” series as well.
As for Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO, the company had also confirmed to be launching a smartphone that runs on the Snapdragon 888 chipset. If the company retains the same nomenclature, then the upcoming flagship series is expected to debut as iQOO 6 series.
ZTE Axon 30 Series
As we know, the ZTE Axon 10s Pro was the first smartphone to be launched with the Snapdragon 865 chipset this year. Therefore, it doesn’t came much as a surprise that the Axon 30 will be among the first devices to feature the Snapdragon 888 SoC this year.
Of course, it will be interesting to see whether the ZTE Axon 30 is able to snatch the Xiaomi Mi 11’s glory by becoming the first to launch with the Snapdragon 888 SoC this year.
Nubia “Z” Series & Red Magic 6 Series
Besides ZTE, its Nubia and Red Magic sub-brands had also confirmed that they will be launching Snapdragon 888-driven smartphones in the near future.
For Nubia, the company will be launching a new “Z” series smartphones which will be succeeding the Nubia Z20 announced back in 2019. Red Magic on the other hand, will be launching the all-new Red Magic 6 series smartphones.
The latest company to confirm the adoption of Snapdragon 888 chipset is none other than Lenovo-owned Motorola. As of now, there isn’t much information on this upcoming smartphone.
However, the only flagship model launched by Motorola this year comes from the new “Edge” series. Therefore, there’s a likelihood that the upcoming Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone will come from the same series as well.