Qualcomm has updated its lineup of 800 series chipsets with the Snapdragon 870. The Snapdragon 888 remains the flagship chipset for this year and the Snapdragon 870 is meant to serve as an alternative to it. The new chipset is a brushed-up version of the last year’s Snapdragon 865 flagship chipset.
The Snapdragon 870 retains the same key specifications with the Snapdragon 865 Plus but its Kyro 585 CPU is now clocked at a faster 3.2GHz speed. Every other specification such as the 5G modem, Adreno 650 GPU, WiFi 6 and the Bluetooth 5.2 support is still retained.
“The new Snapdragon 870 is designed to deliver increased performance across the board for geared-up gameplay with insanely fast Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences, truly global 5G sub-6 GHz and mmWave, and ultra-intuitive AI,” the company announced in a press release.
Last year, smartphone manufacturers declined using the expensive Snapdragon 865 Plus and opted for the far cheaper Snapdragon 765G chipset. With the introduction of the Snapdragon 870 which is a cheaper alternative to the Snapdragon 865 Plus, Android manufactures is expected to adopt the chipset with smartphones below $800. Qualcomm has already confirmed a couple of manufacturers will be using the chipset in their flagship devices.
“Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus, the new Snapdragon 870 was designed to address OEM and mobile industry requirements,” Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc disclosed. “Snapdragon 870 will power a selection of flagship devices from key customers including Motorola, iQOO, OnePlus, OPPO, and Xiaomi.”
Qualcomm expects the first set of devices powered by the Snapdragon 870 to be available in Q1 2021.