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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 870 is basically a 865+ with higher clock speeds

By Kenny Yeo - on 20 Jan 2021, 10:05am

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 870 is basically a 865+ with higher clock speeds

Qualcomm has just announced a new chip called the Snapdragon 870.

Before you get too excited, no, this isn't an all-new chip design like the Snapdragon 888 that was announced late last year.

Essentially, the Snapdragon 870 is a Snapdragon 865+ with slightly higher clock speeds. Think of it then as a Snapdragon 865++.

Like the Snapdragon 865+, the Snapdragon 870 is built on a 7nm process and features eight cores. The big change here is that the Prime Cortex A77 core is now clocked at 3.2GHz, which represents a 3% increase over the 3.1GHz in the Snapdragon 865+.

The rest of the chip is unchanged. This means the three Cortex A77 cores still run at 2.4GHz, while another four Cortex A55 cores run at 1.8GHz. The Adreno 650 GPU cores are unchanged and still run at 670MHz.

5G and support for Wi-Fi 6 are also unchanged.

According to Qualcomm, the new Snapdragon 870 will enable phone makers to deliver a top-tier phone at a slightly lower price. 

Crucially, the new SKU and branding will allow phone makers to boast about a new chip and improved performance in their phones without having to resort to a chip that's presumed to be old or outdated, at least in the eyes of spec-conscious consumers.

Qualcomm says phones featuring the Snapdragon 870 will appear later this quarter from brands like Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, and Xiaomi.

Source: Qualcomm

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