Qualcomm has unveiled a brand new flagship telephone chipset – the Snapdragon 870 – primarily based on 2019’s flagship Snapdragon 865 structure.
The 870, just like the 865+ earlier than it, is basically an overclocked model of the 865. It cranks up the Kryo 585 CPU’s prime clock pace to three.2GHz – an enormous step up from the two.84GHz on the unique 865, however a extra modest enchancment relative to the three.1GHz Snapdragon 865+, which launched final July.
Different elements, specs, and options stay an identical, so don’t anticipate Snapdragon 870 telephones, every time they seem, to supply options unattainable on 865 fashions – they only may run somewhat sooner. Consider this because the Snapdragon 865++.
So why does it exist in any respect? Most definitely as a result of producers wished a brand new Snapdragon chip with the corporate’s premium 8-series branding that was extra inexpensive than the Snapdragon 888. That’s the 865’s true flagship successor, unveiled final December, which we’ve already seen in high-end telephones together with the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Samsung Galaxy S21 sequence.
“Constructing upon the success of Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus, the brand new Snapdragon 870 was designed to deal with OEM and cellular business necessities,” mentioned Kedar Kondap, Qualcomm’s vice chairman of product administration.
It’s doubtless that the 870 will seem in gaming telephones and worth flagships that need to prioritise pure efficiency whereas nonetheless offering worth for cash – a lot because the Snapdragon 765G dominated the upper-mid-range market in 2020, and even appeared in flagships together with the Pixel 5 and LG Velvet.
Confirmed producers utilizing the Snapdragon 870 embrace Motorola, iQOO, OnePlus, Oppo, and Xiaomi, with the primary telephones anticipated to be introduced in Q1 2021 – between now and the tip of March.