Impressive camera capabilities in Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

The next generation of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets will take Android devices into the new era of photography and videography.

Introducing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

Qualcomm just announced their new top-end Snapdragon 888 chipset which will be seen in some of the most powerful Android mobile devices out there during 2021.

The previous top-end chipset from Qualcomm was called Snapdragon 865, so you may wonder why this one isn’t called Snapdragon 875? Well, here’s what a Qualcomm spokesperson told Techradar.com:

8 has always been a special number for Snapdragon. For over a decade, the number 8 has stood for premium … The number 8 is also a lucky number around the world. For some, it signifies infinity, success or inner wisdom, while for others it symbolizes luck.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

Improved camera features

The most standout features that the Snapdragon 888 brings has to be the camera-related ones. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Triple Image Signal Processor (ISP) – The triple ISP is capable of capturing images from three cameras simultaneously.
  • Burst capture in 120 frames per second (fps) – Users can enjoy 120fps burst snapshots for capturing fast action shots at 12MP.
  • HDR video in 4K – The new chipset enables both recording and playback of 4K footage in 120fps.
  • Better low light architecture – The new Image Signal Processor called Qualcomm Spectra 580 brings a new low light architecture making it possible to capture images in darkness.
  • 10-bit color depth – The Snapdragon 888 also includes a photo capture feature with the HEIF format in 10-bit color depth, creating a better dynamic range to the image.

5G, AI, and other improvements

Except for the cameras, the new chipset also brings further improvements such as a new AI engine, the world’s fastest uplink and downlink 5G speeds possible, and greater battery life thanks to a more power-efficient CPU.

Let’s wait and see which of these features will make it to the other Snapdragon series, such as the mid-range ones, which are more common for rugged computers.

The first devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is expected to arrive in Q1 2021.

Learn more about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.