Qualcomm Releases Snapdragon 870 5G for “Budget Flagship” Smartphones

With consumers are getting more price-sensitive due to the global economic downturn, there’s more attention towards more affordable models. Qualcomm is taking things to the next level with its brand-new chipset, the Snapdragon 870 5G. This chipset isn’t for low-end smartphones, but rather for “lite” flagship models that are still quite powerful by today’s standard. It’s positioned directly under the current Snapdragon 888 chipset. The Snapdragon 870 is based on the Snapdragon 865 Plus with improved Kryo 585 cores, clocked slightly higher at 3.2GHz, instead of 3.1GHz. It still has the Snapdragon X55 5G modem, with support for mmWave 5G and sub-6GHz networks. Because the Snapdragon 870 is a sufficiently powerful platform, Qualcomm focuses on the gaming aspects too with the Snapdragon Elite Gaming experience. It promises hyper-realistic graphics and desktop-level rendering. The Adreno 650 remains a very compelling solution in the mobile industry and Qualcomm will regularly release GPU drivers separately to optimize performance and fix glitches. For seamless experience when gaming, there are also Adreno Fast Blend and Game Smoother features. So, it is clear that the Snapdragon 870 5G is similar to the last year’s Snapdragon 865, except for the slightly faster cores.

There is a change in the Wi-Fi module as well. While the Snapdragon 865 Plus came with the Wi-Fi 6E support that works on fast 6GHz networks, the Snapdragon 870 uses the regular Wi-Fi 6 standard that works on dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GH. Despite the older platform, the Wi-Fi 6 ensures better compatibility with existing wireless networks. It is still fast enough to handle data traffic for any mobile requirement. OnePlus will be the first phone maker that uses the Snapdragon 870. However, it is not yet clear which model it will be. However, we may have a good idea on the actual model with this chipset. We heard that the OnePlus 9E will come with the Snapdragon 865 Plus. So, we can realistically assume that the upcoming smartphone will use the slightly fast chipset instead. Despite the older Wi-Fi standard, the Snapdragon 870 is still worthwhile solution to keep the smartphone relevant to today’s standard, while keeping the price reasonable for flagship users. There’s a possibility that the OnePlus 9E will arrive in March this year, along with the more powerful OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. This would fall in line with Qualcomm’s plan to put the Snapdragon 870 as a more affordable alternative to Snapdragon 888.

Other smartphone makers are planning to use Qualcomm’s latest 800-series chipsets as well. Motorola promised that it will deliver innovations to consumers, including adding 5G data connectivity to its future smartphone models. It will bring Snapdragon 800-series platform to the next Moto G models. The Snapdragon 888 and 870 should enable strong performance level and reliable 5G data connectivity. Xiaomi, Oppo and the lesser-known iQOO will release smartphones with Snapdragon 870 chipset as well. There are no more confirmations from these companies, but the upcoming Redmi K40 and iQOO Neo could use the Snapdragon 870 chipset