Snapdragon 865 supports upgradable GPU drivers, like desktop gamers

Qualcomm offers desktop-level features with Snapdragon 865 for gamers.

@anthony256
Published Wed, Dec 4 2019 3:43 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:46 AM CST

Qualcomm is really pushing desktop-level features with the Snapdragon 865, with unparalelled amounts of power that provides huge performance for unreleased smartphones -- but also some important features lke upgradeable GPU drivers.

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The new smartphones coming in 2020 powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 will support updateable GPU drivers, with Qualcomm working with Google to have Adreno GPU Driver updates freely available on the Google Play Store.

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This small (but very significant) change in Snapdragon 865 with updateable GPU drivers brings mobile users into the world of the PC -- as we've had this for decades. Qualcomm made a point that the GPU updates will come out "well after" the phone itself launches.

Note: Qualcomm flew me out to the Snapdragon Tech Summit, covering my hotel and flights. Many thanks for the geek out in Maui, Hawaii!

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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