Qualcomm’s branding for Snapdragon chips doesn’t follow a chronology as after the Snapdragon 865, there was the 888 instead of 875. In this context, the question arises that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 successor will be the Snapdragon 895 or 898. Keeping its name aside, it will surely have one upgrade that could set the tone for next year’s smartphones and could be announced in December this year.
Mostly every new Snapdragon generation offers a significant boost, whether in raw processing power or supported features. Snapdragon 888 switched to Arm’s new Cortex-X1 core design, if the following it, the Snapdragon 898 will also be embracing the newest Cortex-X2, which Arm promised to have a significant performance boost over the Cortex-X1.
We already know that the Snapdragon 888 successor will be a 4nm chipset manufactured by Samsung, and thanks to Ice universe, who has revealed the Snapdragon 895 or 898 speed will be around 3.09GHz, which is 15-16% up from the 2.84GHz of the Snapdragon 888’s single Cortex-X1.
The Snapdragon 898 Kryo 780 CPU will most likely also use the newest Arm core designs, which would help in giving a boost in overall performance. And notable upgrades across the board are the Adreno 730 GPU and 4nm X65 5G modem rumored for the system-on-chip. Also according to rumors Snapdragon 898 could use 1x Cortex-X2 prime core + 3x Cortex-A710 cores + 2x Cortex-A510 cores + 2x Cortex-A510 cores.
Snapdragon 898’s thermal management is one of the biggest questions because earlier phones using the Snapdragon 888 have reportedly had heat issues and additional power will definitely mean even more heat generation, and Qualcomm will have hopefully addressed that concern before the first flagship phones hit the market in early 2022.