Qualcomm announces a new Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC with 15% GPU enhancement


Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC with all its firepower has been the industry-best mobile processor that almost all the OEMs have adopted for their flagships. From the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Oneplus 7 Pro, the ASUS ZenFone 6 to the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 all have the famous Snapdragon 855 SoC in their heart. But now Snapdragon 855 has a mid-year successor which is touted to be even more powerful.

Qualcomm today announced a new SoC which is dubbed as the Snapdragon 855 Plus and claims it to be upgraded to support enhanced performance and experience in 5G, gaming, AI and XR in accordance with the ever increasing demand of the smartphone industry.

The Snapdragon 855 Plus chiefly brings better CPU and GPU performance to the table. The Kryo 485 CPU is now clocked to up to 2.96GHz versus 2.84GHz from the previous SoC, ensuring a 4.2% enhancement for single-threaded workloads.

Besides the CPU, the Adreno 640 GPU is also optimized for delivering a 15% performance boost for graphics in gaming. This performance enhancement will likely be palpable more in the phones with high refresh rates, say the OnePlus 7 Pro which boasts of up to 90Hz refresh rate.

In other aspects, the Qualcomm 855 Plus is the same as the Qualcomm 855 SoC. The 855 Plus comes with the same X24 multi-gigabit LTE 4G modem and X50 modem meant for 5G with new SoC promising a superior coverage and all-day battery life in premium 5G devices. For AI purposes, it also uses the same 4th Gen AI engine found in the Snapdragon 855 SoC.

It is not the first time that Qualcomm has refreshed its existing SoC. Back in 2016, it had brought in Snapdragon 821 SoC with a 10% performance boost over the Snapdragon 820 SoC. The 821 SoC had then gone on to power the likes of the Google Pixel phones, the LG G6 series, the Xiaomi Mi 5s series, etc.

Qualcomm has confirmed that devices armed with the Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC will start dropping in the second half of the year. This leads to the possibility of the Google 4 becoming one of the first phones to pack this new SoC. But for now, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 appears to have stolen the march since it is getting closer to its launch.

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