The Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm is the SoC we'll be seeing in a lot of Android flagships in 2021, and Xiaomi's already announced a phone powered by it — the Xiaomi Mi 11. The company's budget sub-brand Redmi is due to launch a model with the same chip next month, and it looks like it will be among the cheapest Snapdragon-888 powered phones to come out in 2021. Read More
Historically, Xiaomi has been a consistent contender to launch the first phones with next-generation Qualcomm silicon. It's taken the lead again this year by announcing its Mi 11 series of phones complete with the Snapdragon 888. With that new engine comes a cavalry of other upgrades. Read More
In the last couple of months, we've heard and seen a lot about the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. From official marketing teasers to the all-new design and colorways, leaks have bared almost everything. Heck, we've even got to see a hands-on video of the S21+. Cementing what we already know about the S21 and the S21+ is another leak that also shares some additional information. Read More
If the reported launch date of January 14 is to be believed, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series isn't far away from being announced. Naturally, this also means that it's about time for the South Korean smartphone giant to open up pre-orders. Shortly after a flagship store in India began doing so, Samsung is letting customers in the US reserve the upcoming phones. Read More
The one thing you could not fault OnePlus for this year was its lack of range: it sold phones to impress and sold even more of them to respect the buyer's budget. But there was a clearly-defined gap between the Nord series and the OnePlus 8 entries this year that could be filled. Indeed, we heard earlier that the company intends to fill that gap in 2021 and are now learning more about how it will be filled. Read More
In what might prove to be the biggest Android news story of the week, today Google announced that all of Qualcomm's future chipsets, starting with the upcoming Snapdragon 888, will support three Android OS updates and four years of security updates. In layman's terms, that means some new phones landing in 2021 will probably get an extra year of updates — assuming OEMs step up to the plate and follow suit. Read More
Last year, I said the Snapdragon 865 was the most important smartphone chip in years. I meant that, and stand by it, because it was the chip that introduced 5G to the (relatively unenthusiastic) masses and ensured that 5G would be a standard feature on most mainstream phones going forward. The Snapdragon 888 doesn't have that same wireless generational leap as its predecessor, but the architectural changes to Qualcomm's newest silicon actually do feel more significant this year. Let's break it down.
Starting with the CPU, Qualcomm is rejiggering its approach once again, featuring a new ARM Cortex-X1 "supercore" alongside 3 smaller mid-core and 4 small cores, making up what Qualcomm calls the Kryo 680. Read More