Snapdragon 855 plus

On Monday, Qualcomm has announced a mid-year fresh of its flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset, but the new Snapdragon 855 plus is further optimized for gaming, VR, AI, and 5G connectivity. Qualcomm newest mobile processors have been built for speed, just in time for the launching of ultra-fast 5G cellular networks. And Asus would be the first to use the chip, in its upcoming ROG Phone II.

It is a souped-up version of its high-end chip that powers many of the latest and greatest Android smartphones on the market. The plus feature a 15% faster graphics and a CPU clock speed of up to 2.96GHz. The regular Snapdragon 855 maxes out at 2.84GHz. Anyhow the new chips are focused at gaming phones and other devices that will tap into 5G, the new cellular standard which promises download speeds in the multi-gigabits; artificial intelligence; and augmented and virtual reality.

The devices using the chips will launch in the market later this year. Snapdragon 855 plus will raise the standards for elite gamers with the increase in CPU and GPU performance. Asus would be the first company to use the chip, It didn’t provide details about the phone beyond saying the ROG Phone II will build upon last year’s ROG Phone. However, the older device has an AMOLED display that can refresh 90 times a second and something called AirTriggers. It has pressure sensitive corners that double as bumper buttons for games.

Asus said that it will share more details about the ROG Phone II in the coming weeks. Snapdragon 855 plus sticks to the same overall design and chip layout as the 855, but Qualcomm says the Plus’s eight-core Kryo CPU runs at higher peak clock speeds of up to 2.96GHz. But the thing which is more important to the gamers is the 15% improvement in performance from the Adreno 640 GPU. It will result in the 855 Plus making its way into the next wave of gaming-focused smartphones like those we’ve seen from Asus, Razer, and other companies. As for AI and VR improvements, Qualcomm is continuing to talk up its fourth-generation AI Engine that’s capable of “more than 7 trillion operations per second.

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The 855 plus will give you best-in-class cellular performance, superior coverage and all-day battery life in premium 5G devices, as per claimed by the company. It is using two separate modems to get there, along with both a Snapdragon X24 LTE 4G modem and Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem onboard. It might be possible that we won’t see a more efficient approach until the inevitable Snapdragon 865.

Qualcomm has been designing the mobile processors used in most high-end Android smartphones. As the phone demand is reduced, companies are looking for new ways to get customers to upgrade their devices. The components inside the phone are necessary for enabling new features that make the devices must-have. It’s key for Qualcomm to continuously improve its chips.

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