How powerful is Snapdragon 888+, Qualcomm’s next top processor

A new, more powerful version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor is inevitable, given the company’s tradition of launching a hardware overhaul in the middle of the year. We do not know exactly what the company will call this processor, but we can assume, given the launches of previous years, that it will be called Snapdragon 888+. So far we have not received much information, not even unofficially about this model, but a test device equipped with a new top processor from Qualcomm was recently tested with GeekBench, thus entering the application database.

Snapdragon 888+ appears in the first performance tests

As with past models, the new Snapdragon 888+ seems to be a modest hardware overhaul. It is a small overclock for the most powerful core and otherwise an identical configuration at the level of the other seven cores.

According to the listing on GeekBench for the Qualcomm Lahaina device, a test platform, the new processor will use the same 1 + 3 + 4 core configuration. However, the main core of the Cortex X1 will be clocked at 3.0 GHz, a minor upgrade from the 2.84 GHz on the original model. Otherwise, the three Cortex-A78 secondary cores also run at 2.42 GHz, while the low-power Cortex-A55 cores run at 1.8 GHz.


The results in the GeekBench test are slightly higher than in the standard Snapdragon 888, but not much. We have 1,171 points in the single-core test and 3,704 points in the multi-core test. The performance is similar to what Snapdragon 865+ offers compared to the standard Snapdragon 865. In terms of graphics performance, no major upgrades are expected, being the same Ardeno GPU. However, it is also possible for it to run at a slightly higher frequency.

As with past “Plus” models, however, the Snapdragon 888+ may only be found in devices with more advanced cooling systems. We are talking about gaming phones or models that traditionally adopt high-performance cooling systems. Thus, “traditional” flagships, such as the following models from Samsung or Google, will probably not use this chip.

An official release for Snapdragon 888+ is expected in July.

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