Qualcomm Upgrades its Snapdragon 855 SoC to 855 Plus; A Faster Chip

Within months of announcing its latest mobile phone processor the Qualcomm  SoC, the chipmaker has unveiled an upgraded version of the same processor and has called it the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus or 855+ Mobile Platform. Qualcomm’s website claims this new and upgraded version of the chipset is their “most advanced mobile platform to date”.

Emphasis on Enhanced Gaming Experience

Though on the face of it, the Snapdragon 855 Plus may not be drastically different from the 855 SoC, Qualcomm claims this upgraded processor has been built with the purpose of offering an out of the world gaming experience on mobile devices fitted with them, particularly in the 5G environment.

The major visible difference comes from the increase in the clocking speed from 2.84 GHz to 2.96 GHz, a marginal bump, you may feel. The company, however, claims that there is a corresponding improvement in the GPU that will deliver a 15% better graphics performance. Here again, the focus in on the gaming function where graphics play a key role.

Snapdragon 855+

The changes are being delivered through both the hardware and the software components in the new chipset. The Vulkan 1.1 Graphics Driver on the hardware side and Game Jank Reducer, Game Fast Loader and Game AntiCheat Extensions on the software side are particularly referred to by Qualcomm as the factors contributing to higher levels of performance with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 with the New Chipset?

Qualcomm has clearly said this new and improved Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset will be available for commercial use in the second half of this year. The immediate question would therefore be which major smartphones be fitted with this processor. Speculation has it that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to be announced on August 7 may come with this new upgraded processor from Qualcomm at least in the markets where Samsung fits them in place of its Exynos processors.

Even before that, the Asus ROG Phone 2 is set for release this July 23. Can you expect that phone to be the first one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC? With so much emphasis on gaming by the chipmaker, it would really be appropriate if that happens.

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