Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus announced, will power flagship phones in second half of 2020

ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion will be the first smartphones to launch with the new Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset

Highlights
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus flagship chipset has been announced
  • The processor offer faster CPU and GPU speeds compared to the Snapdragon 865
  • ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion will be the first phones to use the new chipset

Qualcomm has announced the new Snapdragon 865 Plus mobile chipset for flagship Android smartphones. The processor succeeds the Snapdragon 865 and is set to power flagship Android phones in the second half of 2020. The company says the Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC delivers increased performance for superior gameplay experience with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology on board. The chipset is also paired with a 5G modem and is backed by an “ultra-intuitive” AI.

ASUS and Lenovo will be the first brands to launch smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset. ASUS will soon announce the ROG Phone 3, while Lenovo has the upcoming Legion smartphone. Both the flagship devices are expected to be gaming-centric phones for consumers. 

As we work to scale 5G, we continue to invest in our premium tier, 8-series mobile platforms, to push the envelope in terms of performance and power efficiency and deliver the next generation of camera, AI and gaming experiences,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies. “Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865, the new Snapdragon 865 Plus will deliver enhanced performance for the next wave of flagship smartphones.”

The Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset offers clock speed up to 3.1GHz, which is 10 percent faster than its predecessor. The chipset is equipped with the Adreno 650 GPU that will deliver 10 percent faster graphics rendering. The Snapdragon 865 Plus is also Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 compatible, which touts Wi-Fi speeds up to 3.6 Gbps. 

While the ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion will be the first phones to use the new Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, you can expect more flagship Android phones in the second half of 2020 to be powered by the processor as well. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series that is set to launch on August 5th is also expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus in the US.