The improved version of the Snapdragon 865 will be more optimized for gaming performance and 5G connectivity. Because the new chipset is faster, Qualcomm is able to boost performance level across the board. Users should experience an overall better gameplay. Inside, the Snapdragon 865 Plus comes with X55 5G modem that supports all global 5G bands, including sub-6 and mmWave. The modem also supports other 5G-related technologies, like Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, FDD and TDD. With the Snapdragon Elite Gaming feature, Qualcomm claims that users can get desktop-quality gaming. Users will get ultra-smooth 144Hz gaming, updatable drivers and True HDR gaming at 10-bit.
The Snapdragon 865 Plus is still based on the original 865, with various incremental upgrades. The chipset is built around Kryo 585 Prime CPI clocked at 3.1GHz or about 10 percent faster than the original 865. The overclocked Adreno 650 GPU is also around 10 percent more powerful, when it comes to graphics rendering. The Fast Connect 6900 feature allows Wi-Fi connectivity up to 3.6Gbps. With these features, it is clear that the Snapdragon 865 Plus is focused on gaming features and 5G connectivity. Qualcomm will officially announce the Snapdragon 865 Plus in Q3 2020.
Qualcomm already confirms two smartphone models will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus. The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is an upcoming high-end smartphone model that will deliver top-notch gaming experience with Snapdragon 865 Plus. The Asus ROG Phone 3 comes with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. The NCC listing also reveals that the phone will sport 6000mAh for extended gaming experience. When users run out of battery juice, the fast charging feature will allow them to continue playing again after less than two hours of pause. Asus will officially announce that ROG Phone 3 on July 22nd and they also confirm about the use of Snapdragon 865 Plus. As a gaming-oriented device, the ROG Phone 3 will only have dual-camera combo on the back. It appears that the device won’t have wireless charging feature.
Another device with this chipset will be the Lenovo Legion. With 16GB of RAM, Lenovo’s next flagship racks up impressive AnTuTu benchmarking score. Based on the latest benchmark tests, the Lenovo Legion scored 648,871 points, which is way above devices with the regular Snapdragon 865 chipset. The Oppo Find X2 Pro with Snapdragon 865 scored 608,049 points on Antutu. For enhanced gaming performance, the Lenovo Legion has display with 144Hz refresh rate to fully support up to 144fps in gaming.
It’s true that we need to take all of this with a grain of salt. Until we get a commercial unit of ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion, we will never know about the real-life performance of Snapdragon 865 Plus. Multiple devices with Snapdragon 865 Plus will need to be tested to get more accurate average scores. But regardless of the actual results, we can be sure that the Snapdragon 865 Plus will be a very powerful chipset, ensuring fluid gaming performance and seamless 5G connectivity.