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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus is for new beefy gaming phones

Qualcomm's mid-year flagship Snapdragon 855 Plus chip announced, optimized for gaming, VR, AI, and 5G tech

By Anthony Garreffa from Jul 16, 2019 @ 22:28 CDT

Qualcomm has just announced its new Snapdragon 855 Plus, a mid-year refresh of its now previous flagship Snapdragon 855. The new Snapdragon 855 Plus is virtually identical to its predecessor, except the new chip is overclocked, and is further optimized for gaming, VR, AI, and 5G.

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The company has overclocked the Adreno 640 GPU by 15% which will see the next-gen gaming phones from the likes of ASUS and Razer, rolling out with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and faster-than-ever mobile gaming performance. Qualcomm is promising its new Snapdragon 8 55 Plus will deliver "best-in-class cellular performance, superior coverage and all-day battery life in premium 5G devices".

There is no on-board 5G modem on the Snapdragon 855 Plus, so there is the SoC with a 4G LTE chip and the separate 5G chip for now until we get to the Snapdragon 865 which should be announced later this year. We should expect to see Qualcomm's new flagship Snapdragon 855 Plus inside of the next-gen Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL as well as Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ smartphones due out in the coming months.

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