Qualcomm just announced their next top of the line mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 888, which is going to the flagship suite of android smartphones next year, that is expected to debut sometime in the edge of the second quarter of 2021. The lists of OEM’s are big, and it almost includes every android OEM out there such as OnePlus, Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, Vivo, LG, and many others.
But few of the OEM’s have already announced their Snapdragon 888 powered flagships for 2021.
Xiaomi Mi 11
Xiaomi’s Mi numbered series is the company’s headliner, and the brand always puts the best out there in its Mi series flagship whether it’s the chipset, camera, or display. This year’s Mi 10 series have been Xiaomi’s one of the best yet, and just like the Mi 10, the Mi 11 will be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 888 along with some other fancy display and camera technology. Moreover, the Mi 11 will be the first Snapdragon 888 smartphone to launch next year, so we can expect it to launch somewhere around March 2021.
Well, Race is not its real name, it’s a codename for Realme’s next flagship smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. Realme is claiming that their new smartphone will be delivering enhanced gaming, video, and upgraded 5G experience on the board.
There is some sparse information available about the Race on the internet and credits to GSMArena. According to GSMArena’s report, the Realme Race bears the model number RMX2202, and it is claimed to have 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage onboard with running on Android 11 out of the box. There’s also an alleged image showing the rear panel of the smartphone having a circular camera module.
Realme VP and India CEO also gave a hint about the company’s plan of launching the Snapdragon 888 powered Race in India. He said“ We are proud to be among the first smartphone manufacturers to come equipped with the Snapdragon 888 chipset. With this milestone, we reaffirm our commitment to bring more 5G devices to India in 2021’.
OnePlus’ next smartphone is already doing rounds on the internet revealing its design. Now the company has officially announced that they will be launching the Snapdragon 888 powered smartphone in the first half of 2021. It’s going to be the OnePlus 9 which is already speculated to join the OnePlus’ suite of smartphones in March 2021 unless OnePlus decides to go with 8TT.
Oppo Find X3
Realme’s parent company also laid out their plans to launch the Snapdragon 888 powered smartphone next year, precisely in the first quarter of 2021, according to the company’s press release.
Oppo’s Vice President and President of Global Sales Alen Wu said, “We are sure that the next Find X series will deliver an extraordinary all-round experience to users around the globe”.
Well, there’s not much known about the Find X3 series smartphones. Still, Oppo did reveal that the Find X3 series would be using the company’s proprietary 10-bit full-path colour management system for the display that brings support for the High-Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) and full DCI-P3 wide colour gamut.
Nubia also announced its plans to use the latest Snapdragon 888 chipset in its Z series. The next array of Snapdragon 888 powered Z series smartphones will be the flagships from the company since the SoC is meant for the flagship smartphones.
Red Magic 6
Nubia also has a sub-brand known as Red under which is known for its gaming smartphone and just like its parent company Red has also announced the arrival of Snapdragon 888 to its next smartphone, the Red Magic 6, and interestingly it’s going to be the first Snapdragon 888 powered gaming phone.
ZTE Axon 60
Well, it’s going to be confusing but Nubia’s parent company ZTE also has plans for the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The company’s next flagship series, the Axon 30 will be utilizing the Snapdragon 888’ new Spectra 580 ISP for upgraded imaging.
Redmi ‘2021’ Flagship (Redmi K40 Series)
Lu Weibing, GM Redmi quoted Xiaomi’s post on Weibo hinting that the company will be bringing the headliner Snapdragon SoC to their flagship smartphone series, maybe the next Redmi K lineup. Weibing also confirmed that the upcoming Snapdragon 888 powered Redmi flagship will be one of the first smartphones drawing power from Snapdragon’s latest and greatest chipset.
Meizu ‘2021’ Flagship (Meizu 18)
Meizu is among the multiple other Chinese OEMs which have confirmed the adoption of the latest 888 SoC. Meizu shared a post on Weibo announcing their partnership with Qualcomm for their next flagship which will be releasing sometime in Spring 2021.
Other Snapdragon 888 powered smartphones
As we told earlier, Qualcomm has partnered with a bunch of android OEM’s and the ones we told about above are just a few of them, and the chipmaker is working with other companies including Asus, BlackShark, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, and others for their next Snapdragon 888 powered flagship.