Qualcomm announced a new mobile phone processor: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870, which is the successor to last year’s Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus models. To be clear, the 870 is not a new design of the next generation, but the Snapdragon 888, which has made greater improvements in performance and new features.
On the other hand, the 870 is actually the same as the 865 and 865 Plus, except that the Kryo 585 CPU and Adreno 650 GPU cores use the same design.
The 870’s main frequency is 3.2GHz, making it about 10% faster than the original 865’s 2.84GHz and about 3% faster than the 865 Plus providing 3.1GHz speed. Think of it almost like Snapdragon 865 Plus.
Qualcomm said that the reason for adopting this new chip is to respond to the needs of manufacturers and the market. The 870 is designed for companies that want to provide a top-level processor but do not need the absolute best features offered by the flagship Snapdragon 888 and the higher prices it needs.
Instead, the company stated that it expects the price of the Snapdragon 870 phone to be less than $800 although confusingly, we have seen Snapdragon 888 phones like the $799 Galaxy S21 start to fall below that range.
Presumably, there is also a marketing aspect: the new brand of Snapdragon 870 and the moderate if still real speed are even moderately higher than the Snapdragon 865 Plus, which means that companies using the chip in their phones can get the specifications.
2021 new chips worth boasting on. No need to worry about getting customers’ attention due to using “outdated” or “old” processors such as 865 or 865 Plus.
Qualcomm said that the first Snapdragon 870 mobile phone should be available in the first quarter of this year, while Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo and Xiaomi plan to use new processors in their devices.