American chipmaker Qualcomm is preparing to release a new flagship chipset Snapdragon 898. It will replace the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and will form the basis of most of the top smartphones that will hit the market over the next year. But the first smartphone on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 platform will debut this year.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 hasn’t been officially announced yet. It is expected to premiere in December as part of the traditional annual Qualcomm Tech Summit 2021. And shortly thereafter, the first smartphone based on the new Qualcomm chipset will be unveiled. This time, the pioneer, as in the case of Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, will be the Chinese company Xiaomi. The new platform will form the basis of the next generation of the flagship series known to us as Xiaomi 12 (yes, without the Mi prefix, because the company recently abandoned this brand). This was announced by the authoritative Chinese informant Digital Chat Station. He also stated that not only Xiaomi wants to pioneer the use of the new Qualcomm chip. According to an insider, the Motorola brand is also preparing its first smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 chip inside. He, like the Xiaomi 12, will see the light at the end of this year.
Meanwhile, another Chinese insider, Ice Universe, shared the results of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 benchmark in the Geekbench benchmark. The new chipset turned out to be more powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 released in December last year. But in comparison with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+, which is an overclocked version of the original model, the performance gain is not so impressive — only 5%.
In addition to Xiaomi and Motorola, other manufacturers have started developing their smartphones based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 platform. Among them is the South Korean company Samsung. It will install a new processor in its flagship series Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphones, the launch of which has been delayed until February 2022.