Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G

The company is also announcing new improvements to its 5G tech

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Qualcomm has announced its newest flagship offering — the Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G mobile platform. Alongside these announcements, the company also announced its second-generation Qualcomm 5G RAN Platform for Small Cells and the Qualcomm 5G DU X100 Accelerator Card.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Plus is the upgrade to the current flagship and boasts of increased Qualcomm Kryo 680 CPU Prime core clock speed up to 3.0 GHz and 6th generation AI Engine that boasts of 20% improvement over its predecessor.

It’s equipped with Snapdragon Elite Gaming features that offer increased responsiveness, HDR graphics, and mobile-first desktop-level. It can also accommodate photo captures of up to 200 megapixels, 8K decoding and encoding, and improved AI.

The company says there are already more than 130 designs that have been announced or in development that will be powered by this chip. These include the new ROG Phone from ASUS, HONOR’s Magic3 series flagship, devices from vivo, Motorola, and more.

Debuting the industry’s first 3GPP Release 16 5G Open RAN platform, the second-generation Qualcomm 5G RAN Platform for Small Cells (FSM200xx) brings enhancements to RFF, new spectrum support, and more.

With this new offering, the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platform for Small Cells can provide features such as low latency and up to 99.9999% link reliability. With its new design, the platform is able to assure seamless connectivity in high-volume areas such as airports, hospitals, stations, and others.

Adding to the platform is the Qualcomm 5G DU X100 Accelerator Card. With this upgrade, infrastructure vendors and operators can maximize the benefits of high-performance, low latency, and power-efficient 5G by simplifying network deployments.

Doing so allows a faster scaling of virtualized infrastructure. The Qualcomm 5G DUX100 increases performance while reducing the number of CPUs and cores needed. This results in reduced power consumption and enhanced user experiences.

Finally, Qualcomm has also announced that key players from a growing number of regions including China, Europe, Japan Korea, North America, and Southeast Asia have expressed their support for 5G mmWave technology.

“The global deployment of 5G mmWave is now inevitable. It is essential to achieve the full potential of 5G and those embracing 5G mmWave will find themselves with a competitive advantage,” said Cristiano Amon, president and chief executive officer-elect, Qualcomm Incorporated.

Using frequencies above 246Hz complemented by sub-6 GHzr rollouts, 5G MmmWave is able to display the full power of 5G. This can power multi-gigabit wireless speeds and low-latency connectivity that can be delivered to consumers.