Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865+ is the new SoC champion

Expect the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ to power next-gen ASUS ROG Phone, Razer Phone gaming smartphones.

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Qualcomm has just announced the flagship Snapdragon 865+ processor, a refreshed and beefier version over the already beefy Snapdragon 865 that is powering the current wave of flagship smartphones.

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The new Snapdragon 865+ acts as the same refreshed SoC as the Snapdragon 855+ was over the original Snapdragon 855. This sees Qualcomm offer improved speeds out of both the CPU and GPU, but the super-fast Snapdragon X55 modem is still not baked into the main chipset -- and still sees Qualcomm using a separate component.

We should see the 5G modem built into the next Snapdragon processor, which Qualcomm should announce in December 2020. As for the additional performance grunt, Qualcomm has cranked the Kryo 858 CPU up by 10%, up to a maximum of 3.1GHz.

Qualcomm has pushed the Adreno 650 GPU by another 10%, while adding compatibility for its FastConnect 6900 connectivity quite. Qualcomm says this is good for Wi-Fi speeds that will reach the dizzying heights of 3.6Gbps.

We should expect the next wave of gaming smartphones to be powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865+ processor, with those gaming smartphones to be revealed later this year and more so in 2021.

Qualcomm has 3 key improvements that make the Snapdragon 865+ better than the normal Snapdragon 865, and these include:

  • The Kryo 585 CPU has had its clock speed boosted up to a maximum of 3.1GHz, which is 10 percent higher than the standard 865
  • The Adreno 650 GPU offers 10 percent faster graphics rendering
  • Newly added compatibility for Qualcomm's FastConnect 6900 connectivity suite, which the company says supports Wi-Fi speeds up to 3.6Gbps

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 and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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