Qualcomm Readies Refreshed Snapdragon 855+ SoC
Qualcomm is preparing a refreshed Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile processor with improved graphics and CPU performance thanks to wringing higher clocks out of TSMC’s N7 7nm process. On paper the Snapdragon 855+ appears to be a better binned and higher clocked Snapdragon 855 witth all the same hardware features and no changes to core counts or architectures. Specifically, the Snapdragon 855+ features eight Kryo 485 CPU cores (four Cortex A76-based Kryo 485 Gold and four Cortex A55-based Kryo 485 Silver cores), an Adreno 640 GPU, Hexagon 690 AI Engine, Spectra 380 ISP, and X24 4G modem (also supports the X50 5G modem). This setup is the same as the Snapdragon 855 except the new 855+ has the “prime” Kryo 485 Gold core clocked at up to 2.96 GHz (vs 2.84 GHz) and the Adreno 640 graphics clocked around 672 MHz (versus 585 MHz) as estimated by Anandtech based on Qualcomm’s statement of 15% fastwr graphics. According to Qualcomm, devices powered by the refreshed flagship processor will ne available startimg as soon as 2H 2019 which is to say that the future is now. Allegedly the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may be the first smartphone to use the new SoC.