Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, promises performance upgrades

After months of rumors and speculations, the highly-anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset is finally confirmed.

Qualcomm promises that the new Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset brings a lot of improvements. Chief among these are CPU, graphics, and wireless performance upgrades. The new chipset is the upgraded version of the Snapdragon 865 chipset released late last year.

Since its release, Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 865 is at the heart of at least 140 devices. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, many believe that the new Plus version will never hit the market.

Specs and performance improvements

The new Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset uses the new Kryo 585 CPU Prime from Qualcomm. The processor is clocked at 3.1GHz, which is about 10 percent better than the standard 865. The graphical workload is handled by the Adreno 650 GPU, which also promises 10 percent of graphics rendering improvements.

Qualcomm claims that the 865 Plus is capable of delivering “desktop-like gaming” performance to the mobile platform. The chipset has features like the Snapdragon Elite Gaming and future GPU driver updates. The chipset also supports desktop forward rendering and true 10-bit HDR.

Perhaps the most important upgrade of the chipset is its connectivity. The new chipset uses the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF system, one of the best in the industry. This particular system promises a high-speed 5G connection.

Embedded into the chipset is Qualcomm’s 5th-generation AI Engine. This feature brings improvements to AI, camera, gaming, and audio aspects of a smartphone.

What devices to expect

As expected, the Snapdragon 865 Plus will be at the heart of some high-end flagship smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is expected to use this chipset and will arrive by August. Considering the current timeline, flagship devices that use the new chipset will start to hit the market by next month.

Qualcomm did not confirm whether Samsung’s upcoming flagship will use the chipset. However, the company did confirm that it is currently working with Asus and Lenovo.

Qualcomm confirms that the upcoming gaming smartphone ASUS ROG Phone 3 will use the new chipset. The ROG Phone 3 is billed as a high-end gaming smartphone that will bring top mobile gaming experience. As for Lenovo, Qualcomm said that the new chipset would be used for Lenovo’s Legion gaming lineup.

Mainstream devices that have the new Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset are expected to hit the market third quarter this year.

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