Qualcomm Announced Snapdragon 865 Plus: Breaking the 3GHz Barrier

Qualcomm has recently announced a follow on to the flagship Snapdragon 865 which has been the most impressive processor for Android phones till now. powering more than 140 devices. The new Snapdragon 865 Plus is designed to deliver performance increment by almost 10 percent for gaming and AI applications.

There are three noticeable improvements of Snapdragon 865 Plus over the stock Snapdragon 865:

  1. The Kryo 585 prime core is clocked at 3.1GHz, which is 10% more than the stock Snapdragon 865
  2. The Adreno 650 GPU provides 10% faster graphics rendering.
  3. The new processor has compatibility for Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6900 connectivity suite, owing to which it has support for the new Wi-Fi 6E.

These aren’t the only upgrade Qualcomm is providing, as the processor also comes in with Bluetooth 5.2 instead of Bluetooth 5.1, Dual Bluetooth Antennas, aptX suite, and new LE audio features.

“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, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865, the new Snapdragon 865 Plus will deliver enhanced performance for the next wave of flagship smartphones.”

Breaking the 3Ghz or even 3.1Ghz Barrrier

According to AnandTech, in their conversation with Qualcomm’s SVP and GM of mobile business Alex Katouzian, on how they achieved this result, is primarily ” a combination of aggressive physical design of the product as well as improving manufacturing yields during the product’s life cycle”. Katouzian explained to AnandTech that they were able to achieve this on Snapdragon 865, however on trying to meet this mark would have led to a lower quantity of required product due to manufacturing variations.

The Official press release from Qualcomm somewhat confirms that the upcoming ASUS ROG Phone 3 and the Lenovo Legion Gaming Phone will be the first one to enjoy the power of Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G.

We are expecting more devices to be announced soon which will be supporting the Snapdragon 865 Plus however, we still don’t know whether Samsung’s upcoming Note 20 series will appear with it or not.