Qualcomm Is Changing Its SoC Naming Conventions: RIP ‘Snapdragon 898’

The old Qualcomm naming scheme will be dead soon.


If you’re a technology enthusiast, you might’ve heard of Qualcomm. Qualcomm makes processors (SoCs) for mobile devices, network cards for computers, and much other stuff, for starters. Qualcomm SoCs have had a simple naming scheme for the most part, except a few exceptions here and there, but the company recently announced that they’d be changing the same.

Snapdragon 898 Name Is No More!

Qualcomm’s 8 series of SoCs are flagship SoCs; meaning, they come with high-end features. Then there’s also 7 and 6 series that are mid-range SoCs, and 4 and 2 series SoCs that are usually found in lower-end, budget devices.

Qualcomm says that it will now “Transition to a single-digit series and generation number starting with our newest flagship 8-series platform.” The latest iteration of the Snapdragon 8-series is the Snapdragon 888 Plus, which succeeds Snapdragon 888, but then the Snapdragon 870 follows Snapdragon 888, whereas it should’ve come after Snapdragon 865. So yeah, Qualcomm has been creating a mess with their naming schemes recently.

Now that it’s confirmed that we won’t see Snapdragon 898, this raises questions about how they’ll decide to name the SoCs. But we hope it won’t be as bad as Intel’s processor naming conventions because they’re so confusing that we had to do an article explaining the same.

Not only that, but Qualcomm will also remove the names “Qualcomm” and “5G” from their processor names. Hence something like “Qualcomm Snapdragon 8xxx 5G Mobile Platform” will be cut down to “Snapdragon 8xxx Mobile Platform.”

I don’t think the current naming schemes are that hard to understand; hence, there is a possibility that Qualcomm might be doing this for better marketing. What do you think of this? Let us know in the comments section below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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