The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G has been announced, which is essentially the same as the Snapdragon 865 Plus.

Qualcomm and TSMC managed to stretch the clock speeds on a 7nm node. With that, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G has the highest clock speed on a mobile chip at 3.2GHz. Surpassing the second best, the Kirin 9000 of the new Huawei Mate 40 series.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Snapdragon 870 is more powerful than the previously unveiled Snapdragon 888. The new one still uses Kyro 585 cores that are based on ARM Cortex-A77.

On the other hand, the Snapdragon 888 comes from the new ARM Cortex-X1 and Cortex-A78. We still have to wait for benchmark and performance reviews to arrive to gauge which one is better, but we expect the former to take the crown.

As for the GPU, Qualcomm used the same Adreno 650. As of now, it’s still not clear if it has the same 670Mhz speeds or the company was able to up the frequency. Chances are, it was kept the same, as the Hexagon 698 and Tensor Accelerator remains unchanged at 15 TOPS.

The Spectra 480 ISP was also kept, supporting up to 200-megapixel cameras, 8K video recording, HDR videos, and Dolby Vision.


Moreover, the Snapdragon 870 can handle up to 1440p 144Hz screen or 4K at 60Hz, with HDR10+ support.

But unlike newer chipsets, the Snapdragon 870 doesn’t have an integrated 5G modem. Instead, there’s an external Snapdragon X55 on the inside that offers sub-6 and mmWave support.

The confirmed brands that will carry this new processor are OnePlus, OPPO, Xiaomi, iQOO, and Motorola.

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