Qualcomm today announced it’s bringing even better performance to its 2019 flagship smartphone chipset, the Snapdragon 855. Already a performance beast as proven by phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, the 855 is getting upgraded to a new Plus model with better overall performance and improved graphics performance.
Specifically, Qualcomm says the new Snapdragon 855 Plus is getting 15 percent better performance over the standard 855. The 855 Plus is capable of clocking at 2.96GHz which is slightly faster than the 855’s 2.84GHz. Meanwhile, the Adreno 640 GPU receives a few tweaks that should boost graphics performance, making the 855 Plus idea for gaming phones.
As far as connections go, Qualcomm is sticking with the same modem selection it used for the standard 855 with the 855 Plus. For 5G, the company utilizes its own X50 5G modem, while LTE users get the Snapdragon x24 LTE 4G modem. Battery life and overall device efficiency should be mostly unchanged with the new chipset. After all, it’s literally just an overclocked 855 at the end of the day.
Qualcomm says you can expect the first wave of smartphones to ship with the 855 Plus later this year. We’ll let you know when those devices get revealed.