Week 49 in review: All about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

Welcome to your weekly recap and this one is all about the newly-announced Snapdragon 888 chipset. The first to feature the potent new Cortex-X1 core, running at up to 2.84GHz and promising a 25% performance boost over the Snapdragon 865, while being 25% more efficient. In terms of graphics, the Adreno 660 GPU will be 35% faster than the Adreno 650, while being 20% more efficient.

After Qualcomm’s announcement it seemed like every phone maker wanted to claim to have they are making phones with the Snapdragon 888. We also brought you an exclusive first look of the Realme Race, which runs the Snapdragon 888 and will likely be out in January.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series, also due in January, will also offer the Snapdragon 888 alongside its own Exynos 2100 chipset.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 will bring the Snapdragon 888, but it remains a mystery if the Mi 11 will precede the Galaxy S21 series or if it will follow it. Redmi will also adopt Qualcomm’s latest chip.

Oppo’s Find X3 series will also have the 888, as will vivo’s V2056A smartphone.

The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, which will likely also use Qualcomm’s next super-chip leaked in new high-quality renders, showing a new design that will premiere in March.

Samsung released the OneUI 3.0 release schedule and even seeded a stable firmware to the Galaxy S20 series for Verizon in the US and in Europe.

In related news Reuters confirmed through its own sources that Samsung won’t release a Galaxy Note smartphone in 2021.

Those were the key stories. See you in a week!

Snapdragon 888 unveiled with massive upgrades to GPU, AI hardware and 5G modem

Qualcomm teases “most significant upgrade” to the Adreno GPU, holds back details for now. The CPU is kept under wraps too.

Snapdragon 888 fully unveiled: the first with Cortex-X1, 35% faster GPU

The X60 5G modem is integrated into the 5nm chipset. The CPU, GPU and rest of the hardware have been optimized for lower power usage.

Exclusive: Realme

This will be the company’s first phone with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon flagship chip. 

New OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro renders offer a close look at what's coming in March

The new models are expected to launch earlier in the year than usual and they’ll adopt a camera bump design similar to the 8T.

Here's a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy S21+

The Galaxy S21+ looks familiar, yet different.

MediaTek's MT6893 edges out Snapdragon 865 in AnTuTu test

The upcoming 6 nm chipset, probably a Dimensity model, promises to deliver high performance on a lower budget.

Wakeout is Apple's best iPhone app of 2020, Zoom takes the win on iPad

The best game of 2020 at App Store is Genshin Impact.

Apple gets fined $12 million in Italy for its water resistance claims

The Italian authorities don’t like that people are being misled.

Caviar removes the cameras of the iPhone 12 Pro to make it Stealth

Camera-free phones have been used in the past when privacy and security are of utmost importance.

Samsung's One UI 3.0 is rolling out with Android 11, improves both form and function

The update brings a multitude of customization options as well as visual changes to help you focus (and to make things prettier).

Huawei's EMUI 11 reaches 10 million users worldwide

The company got to an eight-digit amount of users faster than EMUI 10.

Xiaomi Mi 11 to be the world's first phone with Snapdragon 888, Redmi to also adopt the SoC

The company has announced the world debut on all its social media pages.

Xiaomi Mi 11 front panel leaks, to be announced by the end of this month

Curves on all four sides of the panel are expected.

Samsung Galaxy S21 tested on GeekBench with 8GB RAM and Snapdragon 888

The next Samsung Galaxy S device is rumored arrive in January and is expected to come with S Pen support.

Samsung reveals One UI 3.0 stable rollout schedule, S20 series first in line to get the update

The Korean conglomerate has confirmed One UI 3.0 for 43 devices.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G appears in CAD renders with an Infinity-V display

The screen measures 6.5″.

Reuters also confirms Samsung about to discontinue the Galaxy Note line

The Galaxy S21 Ultra and Samsung’s next foldable are said to come with S Pen support instead.

Oppo Find X3 series will unsurprisingly use the Snapdragon 888

Following its relative Realme, Oppo is confirming that the high-end chip will power its next flagships.

vivo with Snapdragon 888 does early Geekbench 5 test

The phone runs Android 11 – OriginOS, probably – and has 12GB of RAM.

Google Pixel 5 durability test looks for metal under layers of plastic

Google keeps talking about a metal construction, but that material is buried… deep.

Nvidia announces RTX 3060 Ti with ray tracing and DLSS for $399

Promises more performance than the RTX 2080 Super.

Xiaomi Mi 11 tipped to launch in January 2021

Everyone is going all-in early next year.

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