Qualcomm announced a refreshed version of its flagship Snapdragon 865 processor, just like last year. The new chipset, Dubbed Snapdragon 865 Plus offers minor improvements over the Snapdragon 865. With Snapdragon 865 Plus, Qualcomm is finally breaking the shackles of clocking its processors under 3.0GHz. The Prime Kryo 585 Core is now clocking up to 3.1GHz, providing a CPU performance boost of 10 per cent. The Adreno 650 GPU offers rendering of graphics 10 per cent faster compared to 865, while the other cores are the same. Qualcomm however did not reveal the GPU ‘s actual clock speed.
The 865 Plus also comes with compatibility with Qualcomm FastConnect 6900, adding the ability to connect to WiFi 6GHz (WiFi6E), and Dual Band Simultaneous 4-stream (DBS). This results in speeds of up to 3.6Gbps on WiFi, the industry’s highest of any mobile Wi-Fi services. Qualcomm sticks to 5 G compatibility with same X55 modem.
Qualcomm is future-proofing chipset introducing features such as 144Hz refresh rate support, 8 K video recording, 200MP capture support, robust 5 G connectivity (both mmWave and sub-6GHz), and Quick Charge 4 Plus. Just like 865, companies will have the option to use Google Play Store to offer GPU driver updates.
Asus and Lenovo are the first two companies to incorporate the new chipset into their smartphones later this month, with ROG Phone 3 arriving. Through the launch of Lenovo Legion, scheduled for later this quarter, Lenovo will also be making its way into the mobile gaming industry.