Today Qualcomm is announcing a new small refresh of the Snapdragon 855 SoC: the new Snapdragon 855+. In the past Qualcomm had the habit of sometimes refreshing their flagship SoCs in the middle of their product life and give them a small performance boost, probably the most known chip fitting this pattern was the Snapdragon 821 from a few years ago. The S835 never got an upgrade, however the S845 last year did get a higher bin variant which ended up in a few vendor’s products, including the renamed Snapdragon 850 product that featured the same specifications.
|Qualcomm Snapdragon Flagship SoCs 2019|
|CPU||1x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative)
@ 2.84GHz 1x512KB pL2
3x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative)
4x Kryo 485 Silver (A55 derivative)
|4x Kryo 385 Gold (A75 derivative)
@ 2.96GHz 4x256KB pL2
4x Kryo 385 Silver (A55 derivative)
|GPU||Adreno 640 @ 585MHz||Adreno 640 @ ~672MHz|
|Memory||4x 16-bit CH @ 2133MHz
3MB system level cache
|ISP/Camera||Dual 14-bit Spectra 380 ISP
1x 48MP or 2x 22MP
|2160p60 10-bit H.265
HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
|Integrated Modem||Snapdragon X24 LTE
DL = 2000Mbps
UL = 316Mbps
|Mfc. Process||7nm (N7)|
The new Snapdragon 855+ today closely follows this pattern: It’s overall the same SoC as the Snapdragon 855, however Qualcomm is raising the clocks of the Prime CPU core from 2.84GHz to up to 2.96GHz, giving a 4.2% boost for single-threaded workloads.
Along the CPU boost, we also find that the GPU is receiving a larger 15% performance boost. As the Adreno 640 in the 855 was clocked in at 585MHz, the clock on the 855+ has to be around the 672MHz mark, which is an oddly familiar frequency of Adreno GPUs.
Qualcomm states that we should expect hearing about vendor devices using the new Snapdragon 855+ in the next few weeks. Last year, ASUS was the first vendor to announce the ROG Phone using a higher binned S845 around the same summer time-period. I’m also guessing that it’s possible that Samsung’s upcoming Note10 to be powered by the S855+ as I’m expecting the phone to come with a new Exynos chipset this time around, and the Snapdragon counterpart getting a small boost as well would also make sense.
- The Snapdragon 855 Performance Preview: Setting the Stage for Flagship Android 2019
- The Samsung Galaxy S10+ Snapdragon & Exynos Review: Almost Perfect, Yet So Flawed
- ASUS Gaming Smartphone: 11mm-style ROG Phone with Speed-Binned Snapdragon 845