Qualcomm recently released an upgraded version of the current flagship chip, namely the Snapdragon 855 Plus. It didn’t differ much from the original model. So many have been wondering why Qualcomm designed this chip and which smartphones will be using it. The main change is the CPU frequency. The large core speed has been increased from 2.84 to 2.96GHz. At the same time, the GPU frequency has been increased from 585MHz to 672MHz. Thus, the CPU frequency has been increased by 4%, while the graphics performance is improved by 15%.
So what is the performance of the Snapdragon 855 Plus after speeding up?
The alleged Black Shark 2 Pro gaming phone has already appeared on GeekBench. As you should know, this handset is going to sport the Snapdragon 855+ chip. Its multi-core test results exceeded 11,367 points, while the single-core test result reached 3623 points. Thus, we are dealing with the world’s most powerful mobile SoC.
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 will be listed next Tuesday. It sports the Snapdragon 855 Plus chip as well. Apart from these models, there will be the Black Shark 2 Pro, Red Magic 3, iQOO 5G, and Vivo NEX series models with the new chip.
So did Qualcomm suddenly take out the Snapdragon 855 Plus just for the speed? Sudhanshu Ambhore doesn’t think so. He said the main purpose of the Snapdragon 855 Plus was to face the Huawei Kirin 985.
Moreover, the price of the Snapdragon 855 Plus is the same as that of the Snapdragon 855. So there is no pressure on the handset manufacturer and they can use it in their upcoming models.
We still have no official information concerning the Kirin 985. But it’s said to be manufactured by TSMC 7nm EUV lithography process. The FC-PoP packaging process will continue to integrate 4G baseband. It has been trial-produced in the second quarter of this year, and mass production in the third quarter. We expect for it to appear on the Mate 30.
Later, Huawei will launch the Kirin 990. The latter will integrate a 5G baseband for the first time.