Qualcomm's processors are featured in some of the best phones for gaming in 2021, but will the Snapdragon 895 steal the show in 2022 and beyond?
While Qualcomm only revealed its Snapdragon 888+ in late June, attention is turning to Snapdragon's next-generation of processors. Such focus is especially prevalent after leakers released details about the 895 - codenamed SM8450 - in June.
Here's a look at everything surrounding the Snapdragon 895.
Snapdragon 895 Release Date
Qualcomm has yet to confirm the Snapdragon 895's existence, let alone its release plans. However, past trends do point towards a December reveal ahead of its release in new phones in Q1 2020.
With the Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm first revealed the processor in December 2020. The SoC then made its way into handsets in early 2021.
However, reports from GizChina suggest we could see the 895's release in late 2021. Lenovo's Mobile General Manager, Chen Jin, suggested on Weibo that Lenovo would launch its next flagship phone by the end of 2021 powered by the SM8450 - also known as the Snapdragon 895.
Much like predictions about the iPhone 13 release date, this is not officially confirmed. With component shortages pandemic causing issues for manufacturers, these plans could still change.
Snapdragon 895 vs Snapdragon 898
While we're confident that a new Qualcomm SoC is set to release soon, it appears the name is still disputed.
More recent information from Ice Universe suggests the upcoming chipset will actually be called the Snapdragon 898, rather than Snapdragon 895 (via GizmoChina).
Of course, this naming isn't confirmed just yet, and while the difference of three won't particularly make a difference to performance, we'll update this page when we know for sure.
Snapdragon 895 Specs
The latest on the Snapdragon 895 comes from Lenovo's General Manager Chen Jin, who posted on Weibo: "The new generation of flagship GPUs will be upgraded greatly."
Putting this into specs, according to leaker Ice Universe, Qualcomm will opt to use Samsung's 4nm chip for the Snapdragon 895. This marks an upgrade on the 888's 5nm node.
However, Ice Universe also stated that the Snapdragon 895 Plus - a higher-end version of the 895 SoC - will release later in 2022 with a TSMC 4nm node.
These details follow on from a leak in early June from Evan Blass, who disclosed some of the SM8450's specs. With the integrated X65 5G Modem, the new Snapdragon SoC will boast wireless download speeds of up to 10GB/s compared to the Snapdragon 888's 7.5GB/s.
The Snapdragon 895 will also use the Armv9 architecture, making it among the first SoC's to do so.
Ice Universe also recently took to Weibo to reveal the Snapdragon 895- or the 898 - will feature an X2 core that runs at 3.09 GHz, breaking the 3GHz threshold that the 888 failed to reach.
As with most of the details surrounding the Snapdragon 895, it's worth taking this with a pinch of salt until Qualcomm and its partner manufacturers confirm the specs themselves.
We'll keep this page updated as more information comes out.
Snapdragon 895 Benchmark
A new leak of the Snapdragon 895's Benchmark scores has suggested the Qualcomm SoC has a Geekbench single-core score of 1250, with a multi-core score of 4000.
This would put the 895/SM8450 ahead of its predecessor, the Snapdragon 888. In its Geekbench scores, the 888 scored 1135 in its single-core results, and 3794 in its multi-core.
This marks an increase of 10.13% for single-core, and 5.42% for the multi-core scores.
GizChina, has stated that a benchmark test on the 895/898 found a 20% performance boost against the Snapdragon 888.
Snapdragon 895 Phones
As reported above, Lenovo is expected to release one of the first Snapdragon 895 devices later this year. However, the company won't likely be alone in this for long.
Following these reports, various outlets including NDTV have suggested Xiaomi may move up its launch of the Mi 12 to late 2021 for the debut of the Snapdragon. When the Snapdragon 888 first launched, the Mi 11 was the first phone to include the new SoC.
Indeed, leaked specs for the Mi 12 from the IMEI database, as reported by Notebook Check, suggest we can expect to see both the Xiaomi Mi 12 and Mi 12 Ultra to feature the Snapdragon 895 SoC. The Redmi K50 Pro and the Redmi K50 Pro+ will also allegedly feature the 895/898, while the base K50 will use the Snapdragon 888.
Aside from these phones, Xiaomi is touted to also release the Redmi K50 series with the Snapdragon 895 SoC, according to recent leaks.
Looking into 2022 and beyond, we can expect the Snapdragon 895 to feature in a number of flagship phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S22. The S21 featured the 895's predecessor (Snapdragon 888), so this upgrade would be expected.
However, a recent rumour painted an interesting picture of the Snapdragon 895's future. According to GizChina, the 895 would feature in the Galaxy S22's US and Chinese models, while the Korean and European S22 devices would use the Exynos 2200 - Samsung's latest SoC. As stated by Tron, however, it now appears the South Korean version will not use the Exynos 2200.
A real rivalry is developing between the Snapdragon 898 and the Exynos 2200, while MediaTek's Dimesity 2000 chipset may also disrupt the SoC status quo when it releases, allegedly in 2022.
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