Just like last year’s Snapdragon 855 chipset, Qualcomm is giving its 2020 flagship processor, the Snapdragon 865, a mid-cycle refresh. Aptly dubbed Snapdragon 865+, the updated chip naturally features faster performance, and it will debut with two gaming smartphones on 22 July: the Asus ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion.
As expected, the Snapdragon 865+ is very similar to the regular Snapdragon 865; the updated chip features the same CPU and GPU. However, these two components are clocked at a higher frequency in the Snapdragon 865+ to return better performance.
The Kryo 585 CPU cores of the processor, for one, now has a peak clock speed of 3.1GHz; its predecessor maxes out at 2.84GHz. According to Qualcomm, this translates to 10% better CPU performance. As for the chip’s Adreno 650 GPU, it’s said to be 10% faster as well, which suggests that it is also clocked at a higher frequency now.
Basically, the Snapdragon 865+ can be seen as an overclocked version of the regular Snapdragon 865, which is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, the latter is a very capable chipset, and the Snapdragon 865+ improves upon that with even faster performance. It’ll be interesting to see if it does bring noticeable performance gain in real life use.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ will be powering the Asus ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion gaming smartphones, which are (curiously) slated to be launched later this month on the same day on 22 July.