In a surprise move, Qualcomm announced an update for its flagship chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 855+. The company calls it “a new force to be reckoned with”. The new SoC promises increased power and improved performance, especially for mobile gaming.
The Snapdragon 855+ is essentially an overclocked version of the current flagship Snapdragon 855. The new chipset features higher clock speeds, with the CPU running 2.96GHz instead of 2.84Ghz, which translates to a 4.2% increase in CPU performance.
But bigger improvements have been made for the GPU. Qualcomm states that the Adreno 640 GPU in the Snapdragon 855+ has also been clocked higher and now promises an improvement of 15% compared to the standard Snapdragon 855. Therefore, gaming performance should be better.
The new Soc comes as a rather surprise offering because Qualcomm usually announces just one new flagship chipset per year, typically around December. This is done so that new phones which launch in the coming months of the next year can take advantage of the faster chips. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, the OnePlus 7 series all run on Qualcomm’s 2019 flagship Snapdragon 855.
Which devices will feature it?
While the Snapdragon 855+ may not feature in the upcoming flagships, it does have some scope for gaming phones. A similar announcement happened during the launch of the Asus ROG phone, which was a gaming phone. The device featured a specially modified version of the Snapdragon 845, with higher clock speeds. However, this time around, Qualcomm has announced an upgraded chipset as a standalone option which means that new OEMs can use it if they wish to.
An announcement has already been made by Asus for the Asus ROG Phone II, which will become the first smartphone to adopt the Snapdragon 855+ under its hood.
Chinese manufacturer Realme also went on Weibo to welcome the new chipset. This could also hint on a prospective device by Realme which features the new SoC. However, considering Realme is yet to use an 800 series Snapdragon SoC, this could signal that the brand is ready to enter the more premium territory.
With smartphone gaming becoming more and more mainstream, it is only a matter of time before we see more such developments by other chipsets like Samsung’s Exynos and Huawei’s Kirin chips. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments.
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