Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 Heralds the Arrival of Next-Gen Smartphone Photography with Promised Features

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Qualcomm brass eagerly touted the company’s latest chip for smartphones, the Snapdragon 888, that promises to bring some pretty amazing new features to future devices.

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While usually we can write much of that off as marketing speak, there is some reason to be hyped about Qualcomm’s latest silicon.

The new Snapdragon 888 promises to bring 5G, AI, new gaming options, and amazing new camera capabilities.

How?

Basically, the Snapdragon 888 can manage three cameras at one time without any loss of performance.

From Qualcomm’s press release: “Snapdragon 888 transforms mobile devices into professional quality cameras. Featuring the new Qualcomm Spectra™ 580 ISP, this platform is the first Snapdragon with a Triple Image Signal Processor (ISP), capable of capturing from three cameras simultaneously at breakneck processing speeds—up to 2.7 gigapixels per second. Users can also enjoy 120fps burst snapshots for capturing ultra-fast high-resolution action shots, or capture three 4K HDR videos at the same time.”

Speaking of video, the new chip will make captures in low-light situations might easier.

“New 4K HDR with computational HDR video capture provides dramatic improvements to color, contrast, and detail. The Qualcomm Spectra 580 ISP also debuts a new low light architecture, for brighter photos, even in near darkness. Also included is photo capture in 10-bit color depth in the HEIF format – so you can capture photos in over a billion shades of color.”

Senior vice president and general manager of mobile, compute and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Alex Katouzian said of the Snapdragon 888, “Qualcomm’s history of breakthrough technology inventions has paved the way for our continued leadership in the premium-tier mobile segment…The new flagship Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform will enable OEMs to further differentiate their devices and allows users to experience the latest cutting-edge mobile technologies.”

Qualcomm’s technology is at the heart of some of the biggest trade disputes between the outgoing Trump administration and China. Access to their chips is a necessity for operating in many markets in the world so it will be interesting to see who is on the list of initial shipments. If you’ve missed our coverage of how this has impacted Huawei, you can check out our article about the company’s spin-off of its Honor brand to maintain its access to the US market. You can also check out our article about Huawei’s contingency plans beyond that.

What do you think of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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