Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 Plus processor with improved CPU and GPU performance

Sheri Evans
July 17, 2019

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), unveiled the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Plus Mobile Platform, a follow on to the flagship Snapdragon 855 launching with leading OEMs globally, built for speed to support enhanced performance and deliver leading experiences in multi-gigabit 5G, gaming, AI and XR. The Snapdragon 855 Plus now offers the Kryo 485 Prime core at 2.96 GHz (vs the 2.84 GHz in the 855) and the Adreno 640 GPU has been further tuned to offer a 15% performance increase. The SoC only has LTE capabilities built in, but Qualcomm's true next-generation mobile processor will nearly certainly integrate the X55 modem for LTE and 5G on a single chip. Out of which, the supposedly Asus ROG Phone 2 is said to be coming with the new powerful chipset made by Qualcomm.

The inclusion of Qualcomm's gaming features on 855 Plus make sense as Asus has already announced that it will include Qualcomm's new chip in its upcoming ROG Phone 2.

Typically, Qualcomm only releases one flagship chip per year. Also, since the new chipset is a gaming-centric processor, the new Realme device could be a gaming smartphone as well. The clock speed on the other high-power cores remains unchanged at 2.42GHz, and the A55-based slower CPUs are still 1.8GHz. And with Apple rumoured to release a new A-series chip later this autumn, a small bump in performance for the chips installed in competing Android phones certainly won't hurt. "Snapdragon 855 Plus is our most advanced mobile platform to date", added Qualcomm VP Kedar Kondap in a statement.

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Like the Snapdragon 855, the 855 Plus features the Snapdragon X24 LTE 4G modem and pairs with the X50 5G modem to support 5G connectivity.

As for those devices with the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipsets, you may see them through the second half of 2019.

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