If you’re buying an Android phone in late-2019, chances are it will run Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 CPU. And this is a very good thing, indeed…
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No one ever said the Snapdragon 855 CPU wasn’t powerful enough. Powering handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 7 Pro, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 CPU is a powerhouse of performance that brings with it a ton of capabilities.
But later this year there will be a newer model released; it’s called the Snapdragon 855 Plus and it will deliver even more power to the best Android flagship phones released during the latter part of 2019.
Snapdragon 855 Plus Specs
- Qualcomm Kryo 485 CPU Prime core clock speed at up to 2.96GHz
- Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU offers a 15% increase
What’s new inside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus platform? Well, for starters, Qualcomm’s upped the clock speed – it can now go up to 2.96GHz. On top of this, Qualcomm has made some performance improvements to its Adreno 640 GPU, adding in about 15% more grunt.
Everything else remains more or less the same; it runs the same Snapdragon X24 4G and Qualcomm X50 5G modems for 4G and 5G, so this update, for the most part, was about adding in a smidge more performance for things like gaming.
Add this to Qualcomm’s established “advanced gaming performance” which is 20% more efficient than Open GL ES, thanks to the Vulkan 1.1 Graphics Driver, and you could be forgiven for thinking that Qualcomm knows something we don’t about some big, intensive games coming to Android in the not too distant future?
One obvious example is Google Stadia, Google’s incoming cloud-gaming platform. Might Google’s Pixel 4 handsets finally come to market with a brand new chipset for once? Given the gaming focus of the Snapdragon 855 Plus, it’s certainly possible…
Phones That Run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus
The ASUS ROG Phone II will apparently be the first Android phone to carry the new Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU, alongside handsets like the Galaxy S11 which will land inside early-2020.
“Snapdragon 855 Plus will raise the bar for elite gamers with the increase in CPU and GPU performance and elevate experiences for 5G, gaming, AI and XR, which is something our OEM customers look to us to deliver,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
He added: “Snapdragon 855 Plus is our most advanced mobile platform to date and will build upon the success of the 2019 Android flagship Snapdragon 855 5G mobile platform.”
Make sure you check out our guide to 2019’s Best Android Phones as well – most of them run Qualcomm chips too!