The new Snapdragon 855 Plus chip has a slightly faster CPU and GPU. Qualcomm is marketing it to vendors looking to create smartphones focused on gaming—a strong hint at the kind of products we’ll see the chip packaged with.
Qualcomm is introducing a more powerful version of its flagship Snapdragon 855 processor, which will end up in smartphone models launching later this year, including a new handset from Asus.
The Snapdragon 855 Plus processor has a slightly faster CPU and GPU over the standard 855 chip. The clock speed on the Kyro 485 CPU has been amped up from 2.84GHz to 2.96GHz. Meanwhile, the Adreno 640 GPU has been improved to offer a 15 percent performance in graphics.
According to Qualcomm, the upgrades make the Snapdragon 855 Plus ideal for any vendors looking to create smartphones focused on gaming. One vendor, Asus, plans on using the chip for just that. The company’s upcoming Republic of Gamers (ROG) II smartphone is slated to be the first device to run on the 855 Plus processor with more details to be shared in the coming weeks.
You can also expect the new chip to arrive in some premium handsets. “Snapdragon 855 Plus is our most advanced mobile platform to date,” added Qualcomm VP Kedar Kondap in a statement. Like the standard Snapdragon 855, the new chip also supports 5G connectivity when paired with Qualcomm’s X50 modem, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy 5G-powered gaming experiences, which can include VR and augmented reality.
We’ll have to wait for actual samples to see whether the 855 Plus offers a significant performance increase. In January, PCMag benchmarked the standard Snapdragon 855 chip, and the silicon was on par with the chip inside Apple’s iPhone XS. The 855 is now being used in all the top Android flagship phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Qualcomm offered no specifics on the chip’s power efficiency, saying only that the 855 Plus will offer “all-day battery life.”
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include information about the ASUS ROG II phone.