Qualcomm decided to squeeze some more performance out of last year’s flagship Snapdragon 865+ chipset, which itself once became an overclocked version of the regular Snapdragon 865. The new product was named Snapdragon 870 (SM8250-AC).
The main Cortex-A77 core was overclocked to a maximum frequency of 3.2 GHz (3.1 GHz in SD865 + / 2.94 GHz in SD865). It is assisted by three more powerful Cortex-A77 cores operating at up to 2.42 GHz and four energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores operating at up to 1.8 GHz. Responsible for graphics processing is the Adreno 650 (670 MHz) accelerator.
Otherwise, the specifications of the Snapdragon 870 are fully consistent with the Snapdragon 865+. The difference in performance between the chipsets is about 10%. Qualcomm notes that the new SoC is aimed at companies that want to equip their devices with a top-end chip but do not need all the latest features available in the Snapdragon 888. This, in turn, should positively affect the cost of devices – it is expected that the price tag will be less than $800.
And let’s be honest – the performance of the Snapdragon 865+ is enough with a large margin, but from a marketing point of view, installing last year’s chipset into new devices is not very good at hand. But the presence of a brand new Snapdragon 870, belonging to Qualcomm’s flagship line, may, on the contrary, accompany sales. The first smartphones with Snapdragon 870 should hit the market in the first quarter of this year. These will be devices from Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi, and other companies.