Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ is Quietly Revealed

An upgrade to Qualcomm’s current fastest SoC has been unveiled quietly. The well-known leakster, @Universeice, tweeted the potential hardware specs for Samsung’s next flagship device, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. It appears that the Note 20 Ultra will look like the current Note 10+, so we have a pretty good idea about the overall design of the Note 20 Ultra. However, one big thing about Samsung’s next flagship is the inclusion of an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 865. It seems that the Note 20 Ultra will be powered by the even more powerful Snapdragon 865+.  Obviously, Qualcomm hasn’t confirmed the existence of this SoC. Even so, we could estimate the potential performance boost of the Snapdragon 865+.

Realistically, the Snapdragon 865+ won’t bring a significant boost in performance. It could be just an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 865, without any significant hardware change. Last year, the Snapdragon 855+ offered about 15 percent faster rendering performance for graphics. Qualcomm said that it’s an enhanced Snapdragon 855 SoC, with faster CPU performance. It means that we could expect the Snapdragon 865+ will have something similar. Traditionally, Samsung uses two different SoCs for the United States and the global market. It means that the global version of Note 20 Ultra may use Samsung’s proprietary mobile chipset. Again, there’s no official confirmation from Samsung, but there’s a possibility that it would be the Exynos 992. This SoC could be produced from Samsung’s own foundry and based on the 6nm manufacturing process.

The current Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is manufactured using a 7nm process with about 96.5 million transistors in each millimeter square. On the other hand, the HiSilicon Kirin 1020 and Apple A14 Bionic are manufactured using the 5nm process. Due to their more advanced miniaturization, these SoCs have 171.3 million transistors in each millimeter square. The more transistors that the SoC has, the more efficient and powerful it is. For casual users, they may not be able to tell the difference between the Snapdragon 865 and 865+, but the upgraded SoC should ensure top-notch performance for any app and 3D mobile game. We could also guarantee that the Note 20 Ultra will be packed with among the best components that Samsung has.

The current Galaxy Note 10 has 60Hz display and it’s possible that the Note 20 Ultra will deliver buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate even when the display is operating at 1440p or QHD+ resolution. This will ensure very smooth scrolling and very fluid animation in 3D games because the screen is updated 120 times every second. Unfortunately, there’s an obvious consequence of having a higher refresh rate. There will be a quicker battery drain. Samsung compensates this by using a new display technology called LPTO or Low-Temperature, Polycrystalline Silicon, developed by Apple. This display automatically switches between different refresh rates. So, when the display is showing email, webpage or other static pages, the refresh rate will be automatically lower.  The Note 20 Ultra will have a 6.9-inch Super AMOLED display and 20:9 aspect ratio. The 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM should ensure excellent multitasking and it will be paired with 128GB of internal storage. There could also be the 16GB RAM/512GB storage version.