Qualcomm’s gaming focused Snapdragon 865 Plus is here: Asus ROG Phone III and Lenovo Legion to have first dibs

By Subhrojit Mallick | Published on 08 Jul 2020
Qualcomm’s gaming focused Snapdragon 865 Plus is here: Asus ROG Phone III and Lenovo Legion to have first dibs
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Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865 Plus as a follow-up to the current flagship chipset.

The chipset brings some key improvements in the SoC that will have a positive impact on gaming.

Qualcomm said commercial devices equipped with the Snapdragon 865 Plus will be announced in Q3 2020, starting with the Asus ROG Phone III.

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Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865 Plus as a follow-up to the Snapdragon 865, with a few key improvements that should impact gaming performance more than anything else. With the launch of the new chipset, the Snapdragon 865 Plus in right now the most powerful premium chip offered by Qualcomm. The San Diego-based chip designer said commercial devices equipped with the Snapdragon 865 Plus will be announced in Q3 2020.

Like last year’s refresh of the Snapdragon 855 mid-way into 2019, the Snapdragon 865 Plus carries over most of the features and components of the Snapdragon 865, but offer three key improvements —

1. The Kryo 585 prime core can now go up to 3.1GHz, which is 10 percent higher than the Snapdragon 865 which could go up to 2.86GHz.
2. The Adreno 650 GPU offers 10 percent faster graphics rendering.
3. Comapatibility with Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 connectivity suite which can theoretically push Wi-Fi speeds up to 3.6Gbps.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

Specs

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

Manufacturing Process

7nm Process Technology 7nm Process Technology

CPU

1x3.1 GHz Kryo 585 Prime (Based on Cortex-A76)
3x2.42GHz Kryo 585 Gold (Based on Cortex-A76)
4x1.8GHz Kryo Silver (Based on Cortex-A55)

1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 Prime (Based on Cortex-A76)
3x2.42GHz Kryo 585 Gold (Based on Cortex-A76)
4x1.8GHz Kryo Silver (Based on Cortex-A55)

GPU

Adreno 650 (Clocked 10% faster)
Vulkan 11 API
10-bit HDR Gaming

Adreno 650
Vulkan 11 API
10-bit HDR Gaming

ISP

Spectra 480 Dual ISP
200MP Photo Capture
Up to 200 Megapixel Photo Capture
Up to 10-bit color depth video capture
8K Video Capture @ 30 FPS
4K HDR Video Capture with Portrait Mode (Bokeh)
Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR)
Real-time object classification, segmentation and replacement

Spectra 480 Dual ISP
200MP Photo Capture
Up to 200 Megapixel Photo Capture
Up to 10-bit color depth video capture
8K Video Capture @ 30 FPS
4K HDR Video Capture with Portrait Mode (Bokeh)
Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR)
Real-time object classification, segmentation and replacement

Display

4K@60Hz
QHD+@144Hz
10-bit colour depth, HDR10 and HDR10+

4K@60Hz
QHD+@144Hz
10-bit colour depth, HDR10 and HDR10+

RAM

LPDDR5 up to 2750MHz, up to 16GB LPDDR5 up to 2750MHz, up to 16GB

Connectivity

Snapdragon X55 Modem Snapdragon X55 Modem

Like before, the Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC will first debut on the ASUS ROG Phone III and the Lenovo Legion 5G gaming smartphone, due to launch later this year. The higher clock speeds of the CPU and GPU will certainly help the OEMs market their gaming phones better, but it’s also likely that regular flagships will also carry the chipset inside. That includes the follow-up to the OnePlus 8 series expected in Q3 2020.

Interestingly, this is also the first confirmation of the Lenovo Legion gaming phone that has been rumoured for long.

“Three years after the launch of the Lenovo Legion PC portfolio, we’re bringing our beloved gaming sub-brand’s core values of speed and powerful performance to 5G mobile gaming – where Lenovo Legion will be amongst the first to offer the new Snapdragon 865 Plus in our expanding family of gaming devices this year. Lenovo has a long history of co-engineering amazing consumer experiences with Qualcomm Technologies and we can’t wait to share more soon,” Jerry Tsao, vice president of Lenovo’s Mobile Gaming Group Emerging Markets said in a statement.

However, the Snapdragon 865 Plus doesn’t bring the most anticipated changes. Like its predecessor, the SoC continues to mandatorily combine the Snapdragon X55 5G modem discretely, which will lead to more space inside the chassis, and perhaps higher power consumption.

Having said that, the Snapdragon 865 Plus has shaped up to be a gaming powerhouse. It supports all of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite Gaming features including HDR gameplay, jank reducer, support for high-refresh rates and more. Qualcomm claims ‘desktop quality gaming’ on the Snapdragon 865 Plus, just like it did with the predecessor.

 

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