The surname ‘Plus’ is fashionable and now it is Qualcomm who adopts it for the latest update of its high-end processor. The Snapdragon 855 Plus is in the paper a processor update that we met in December last year, which is updated with an increase in CPU performance and greater graphics power, but maintaining its configuration and components.
According to Qualcomm, this update with the Snapdragon 855 Plus is to attack the smartphone gaming market, since these improvements will allow better performance in high-performance games, as well as virtual reality experiences.
An update focused on gaming and virtual reality
The new Snapdragon 855 Plus maintains the design and architecture based on 7 nanometers with the new system of clusters ‘Prime Core’, which presents eight cores where we have a core, three for performance and four focused on energy efficiency.
For this ‘Plus’ version, the speed will offer us a maximum frequency of 2.96 GHz, a jump of 4.2% compared to the 2.8 GHz Snapdragon 855. While the graphics power improves by 15%, according to Qualcomm, keeping the Adreno 640 GPU.
With this new power in CPU and GPU, Qualcomm seeks to offer an option for those smartphones that require a greater demand when playing. In fact, ASUS has been the first to confirm that its ROG Phone II will be one of the first devices with the Snapdragon 855 Plus, which will be presented next July 23.
According to Qualcomm , the new 855+ also integrates improvements in the performance of its fourth-generation artificial intelligence engine, which allows it to perform “more than 7 billion operations per second.”
It’s funny that Qualcomm also mentions that the Snapdragon 855+ comes optimized for 5G, but maintains the Snapdragon X24 modem that is only compatible with LTE 4G. That is, to have compatibility with 5G networks will be necessary to add the Snapdragon X50 modem, which still does not come included in the processor.
Faced with this decision not to incorporate a 5G modem by default, it seems that the ground is being prepared for the next generation of the processor, which should arrive in December, and which would be the first in, now, incorporate full compatibility with 5G, since being it with the Snapdragon X50 or the newly introduced Snapdragon X55 .
Meanwhile, it will be interesting to know what other devices to get with this Snapdragon 855 Plus before the end of the year, where the bets right now are the Galaxy Note 10 Plus or Google Pixel 4.