Qualcomm Introduces Snapdragon 855+ SoC

With Snapdragon 855+, Qualcomm is aiming to take the mobile gaming industry to the next level. The chipmaker usually introduces one high-end mobile chipset each year. We have been expecting the Snapdragon 865 SoC for official release in the next few months, for use on high-end devices next year. Surprisingly, Qualcomm takes the wraps off an intermediate chipset, the Snapdragon 855+. The company says that it will raise mobile gaming experience to the next level with native support for XR, AI and 5G connectivity.

Compared to the current Snapdragon 855, the 855+ comes with Adreno 640 GPU with 15 percent increase in performance. Its Kryo 485 core is slightly faster at 2.96GHz, instead of 2.84GHz for Snapdragon 855. On paper, this seems like marginal increase in performance and we need to see whether it translates well in real world experience. Although not yet confirmed, the Snapdragon 855+ is probably an overclocked version Snapdragon 855. According to schedule, devices with Snapdragon 855+ could be available as early as 2nd half of 2019. It means, upcoming flagship devices like OnePlus 7T Pro and Google Pixel 4 could use the marginally faster processor.

Asus has confirmed that its ROG Phone 2 will use Snapdragon 855+ and to be unveiled on July 23. Geekbench benchmark result for ROG Phone 2 has appeared with 3 percent improvement in single-core performance, which corresponds to 4 percent higher overclocked frequency. Multi-core performance is essentially similar to regular Snapdragon 855. The GPU of 855+ gets the biggest improvement, but there’s no test for it yet. But, because the ROG Phone 2 will have high refresh rate display at 120Hz, the GPU boost will be quite important. The ROG Phone 2 is another flagship device with 12GB of RAM. Despite the slight speed boost for Snapdragon 855+, Apple’s Vortex and Samsung’s M4 cores remain the leaders of Geekbench results.