A Snapdragon 865 Plus Plus

A Snapdragon 865 Plus Plus

While the name implies that we're looking at a brand-new line, the new chip is actually nothing but a slightly tweaked Snapdragon 865 Plus.

"Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus, the new Snapdragon 870 was created to address OEM and mobile industry requirements", said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies. Today, Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 870 mobile platform, a follow-on to the last year's flagship Snapdragon 865 Plus mobile platform.

The chip features a high-performance Cortex-A77 core running up to 3.2GHz, as compared with the Snapdragon 865's 2.84GHz Cortex-A77 and the 3.13GHz Cortex-A77 in the Kirin 9000. Devices based on the Snapdragon 870 will be released this quarter, Qualcomm said.

The 870, on the other hand, is virtually identical to the 865 and 865 Plus, with the same design right down to the Kryo 585 CPU and Adreno 650 GPU cores.

Presumably, there's also a marketing aspect here: the Snapdragon 870's new branding and modest (if still real) speed improvements over even the Snapdragon 865 Plus mean that companies using the chip in their phones get a "new" 2021 chip to boast about on spec sheets, without concerns of getting looked over by customers for having an "outdated" or "old" processor like the 865 or 865 Plus.

Talking about what the SoC has to offer, the Snapdragon 870 builds on a 7nm manufacturing process, similar to the Snapdragon 865 Plus.

For reference, the Snapdragon 865 Plus delivered a 9.15% clock speed boost over the Snapdragon 865 which resulted in a 10% performance boost to the CPU and GPU.

In terms of connectivity, the 870 will support both sub-6GHz networks and mmWave networks, Additionally, the chipset will also support downlink speeds of up to 7.5Gbps and uplink speeds of up to 3Gbps. There is 4K video capture and 8K video capture at 8K support as well. Support for up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM is also present.

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