16 July 2020
Qualcomm has finally launched the Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, successor to the Snapdragon 865 5G platform that arrived in December last year. It is essentially an overclocked version of Snapdragon 865 and has been specifically been designed to deliver great performance for gaming and AI applications.
The clock speed of Kryo 585 CPU gets a boost up to a maximum of 3.1GHz, which is 10 percent higher than the standard 865. This is a jump from 2.84GHz present in the standard Snapdragon 865 to 3.1GHz. This becomes Also, the first time that Qualcomm has cracked the 3GHz barrier.
Can you say revved-up? On top of major enhancements to graphics and performance, the new #Snapdragon 865+ #5G Mobile Platform also supports FastConnect 6900 with #WiFi 6E for faster, smoother, superior gaming. Here’s everything you need to know: https://t.co/TMB6vgHSBI pic.twitter.com/XzGgfDWowu— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) July 8, 2020
Another area that has gained a power boost is the GPU. According to Qualcomm, Adreno 650 GPU is now capable of 10% faster graphics rendering, compared to the standard Snapdragon 865 GPU.
However, compared to the last year’s Plus variant, this year’s incremental update brings more than just the overclocked speeds. This includes upgraded wireless connectivity via a FastConnect 6900 suite, which means you get WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 instead of Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1 available on the vanilla version.
Else everything is the same as available with the Snapdragon 865 processor, which means the new processor also supports 144Hz refresh rates, 8K video recording, 200MP stills, both mmWave and sub-6GHz, and Quick Charge 4 Plus as well.
There are many new phones expected with the new Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, though only Asus and Lenovo have confirmed their participation yet. Wait to watch the processor empowering the Asus ROG Phone 3, Lenovo Legion gaming phone. The processor is also expected to be featured the much-rumored Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5G which is expected to launch on August 5 Unpacked event.
The arrival of the new Snapdragon 865 Plus does not make the vanilla Snapdragon 865 CPU an older offering. The processor is still quite powerful and capable of empowering more and more smartphones. With a Plus model, Qualcomm has made a few things a little better and fast for sure.