Qualcomm makes its flagship phone chip a bit better

What’s the only thing better than the Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform? The Snapdragon 865 5G Plus Mobile Platform, of course.

A mere eight months after launching the Snapdragon 865, which was positioned as the ultimate answer to all your 2020 5G smartphone needs, Qualcomm has only gone and made an even better one. As the name implies, the Snapdragon 865 Plus is a tweak of the original, rather than a whole new SoC. Here are the improvements:

  • Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU Prime core clock speed at up to 3.1 GHz (10% increase)
  • Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU offers 10% faster graphics rendering
  • Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 compatibility – supporting wifi speeds of up to 3.6 Gbps

“As we work to scale 5G, we continue to invest in our premium tier, 8-series mobile platforms, to push the envelope in terms of performance and power efficiency and deliver the next generation of camera, AI and gaming experiences,” said Alex Katouzian, GM, Mobile at Qualcomm. “Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865, the new Snapdragon 865 Plus will deliver enhanced performance for the next wave of flagship smartphones.”

Judging by the self-promoting canned comments from Asus and Lenovo, Qualcomm is positioning this chip for gaming devices, including laptops. It won’t start cropping up in the wild until later this year, but for anyone who wants to turn their mobile gaming up to 11, the 865 plus may be just what you’re looking for.