Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon Gaming Chip

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon Gaming Chip
The Snapdragon 855+ offers a 15 per cent improvement in graphics performance over the Snapdragon 855.

(CCM) — Chip maker Qualcomm has given mobile games enthusiasts a boost with the announcement of an update to its flagship Snapdragon 855 mobile processor, Engadget reports.

The company usually updates its chip range at the beginning of the year, so the introduction of the Snapdragon 855+ is a mid-cycle update which comes as a surprise to many industry observers.

The eight-core Kryo 485 in the 855+ runs at 2.96 GHz, compared to the 2.84 GHz of the original 855 chip, and the Adreno 640 graphics can deliver a speed boost of up to 15 per cent compared to the previous version, according to the report.

These improvements make the 855+ chip ideal for mobile gaming, where GPU performance is all important. It will also make the chip attractive to those hoping to run virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications on their mobile devices.

Unfortunately the Snapdragon 855+ does not support 5G services natively. To gain 5G support device makers using the new chip will have to add a separate X50 modem, with all the compromises in terms of size and battery life that this will entail.

Qualcomm expects the first devices which use the Snapdragon 855+ chip to hit the market later this year. So far only ASUS has confirmed that it will be using it in its forthcoming ROG Phone II, but it's likely that most of the other key vendors will also adopt it in their flagship phones before the next major Snapdragon update is released next year.

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