Qualcomm reported its most recent first in class, leader chipset, the Snapdragon 865, at the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019. The 865 forces the current setup of lead gadgets that incorporate any semblance of Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8, among others. Following its past pattern of mid-cycle dispatches, Qualcomm is bringing another chipset again — this time around, the Snapdragon 865 Plus. The 865 Plus is mostly similar to the regular 865, except for a few improvements and add-ons. Let’s dive in to check them out.
The Snapdragon 865 Plus appears more like a refresh to the regular 865, with primary emphasis on gaming and a sum of three key upgrades.
The Kryo 585 Prime core on the Snapdragon 865 Plus is presently timed at 3.1 GHz, which is a 10% expansion in the clock speed from 2.84GHz found on the standard Snapdragon 865. Moreover, it holds a similar engineering, with a similar clock speeds for other cores.
In addition to the CPU, which is currently 10% quicker — because of the higher clock speed of the Prime core — the GPU performance on the Snapdragon 865 Plus is something that additionally gets upgrades. In spite of the fact that it uses the same Adreno 650 GPU found on the standard Snapdragon 865, it offers 10% quick graphics rendering. Obviously, the performance of the Adreno 650 GPU on the regular variant has been quite strong and unmatched by its competitors until now.
Lastly, other than performance upgrades in the CPU and GPU, the all-new chipset also gets improvements and features as far as availability. It includes Qualcomm’s most recent FastConnect 6900 network connectivity system, which helps with better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth availability. Talking in numbers, the FastConnect 6900 brings Wi-Fi paces of up to 3.6 Gbps, fastest on any mobile platform. Furthermore, the framework additionally presents support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
Besides the changes mentioned above, the Snapdragon 865 Plus offers and the same specifications as the regular Snapdragon 865. This includes the same X55 Modem-RF System for 5G network with help for both mmWave and sub-6GHz waves; 5th-Gen Qualcomm AI Engine; and the standard record of Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, to give some examples.
Snapdragon 865+ Availability
As for availability, the first wave of Snapdragon 865 Plus powered smartphones will make its way starting Q3 this year, with gadgets, for example, the Lenovo Legion and ASUS ROG Phone 3 being the first ones featuring this gaming-focused chipset.