12 January 2021
Qualcomm has announced a new high-end smartphone processor named Snapdragon 870. It will be seen in relatively affordable flagship devices of the year which have become quite popular among OEMs as well as buyers. Even though the processor is being marketed as "new", it is essentially an overclocked version of last year's Snapdragon 865 Plus.
There are no changes to the CPU and GPU architecture of Snapdragon 870 when compared with predecessors. It has the Kryo 585 processing cores and Adreno 680 GPU cores. The only major difference is that the CPU cores are now clocked at 3.2GHz as compared to 3.1GHz and 2.84GHz on Snapdragon 865 Plus and Snapdragon 865 respectively. It is a 5G-capable processor that supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands.
Kedar Kondap, VP of Product Management at Qualcomm said,
“Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus, the new Snapdragon 870 was designed to address OEM and mobile industry requirements. Snapdragon 870 will power a selection of flagship devices from key customers including Motorola, iQOO, OnePlus, OPPO, and Xiaomi.”
Motorola has already confirmed that it would be the first OEM to release a Snapdragon 870-powered smartphone when it will launch the Edge S on January 26th. We will soon see other brands coming up with their own devices that will make use of the new premium processor. And if you are getting confused, we would like to clarify for you that Qualcomm's latest and greatest flagship processor is Snapdragon 888 (at least for now). Samsung's Galaxy S21 lineup is the most recent product lineup to feature the beast.