Qualcomm has finally announced the Snapdragon 865+ chipset that will be used in the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in some markets like China and the US. The new chipset is a slightly faster version of the Snapdragon 865, which has already been used in the Galaxy S20 series. It also brings faster wireless connectivity to the table.
The Snapdragon 865+ is built using the 7nm process and offers clock speeds of as high as 3.1GHz. However, only one CPU core (Kryo 585 Prime) can reach such high clock speeds, while other CPU cores will continue to use the same clock speeds they were using in the Snapdragon 865. It's an octa-core 64-bit chipset with one Kryo 585 CPU core, three Kryo 585 Gold CPU cores, and four Kryo 585 Silver CPU cores. It supports up to 16GB LPDDR4X or LPDDR5 RAM.
Snapdragon 865+ offers 10% faster gaming performance
The Adreno 650 GPU inside the new chipset is capable of offering 10% higher performance when compared to the Snapdragon 865, thanks to higher clock speeds, so the gaming experience will be slightly better. Qualcomm is also highlighting Snapdragon Elite gaming features like up to 144Hz refresh rate at QHD+ resolution, HDR10 gaming, and 5G connectivity for lower latency for online gaming.
The Snapdragon 865+ comes with the FastConnect 6900 component, which gives access to Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. These wireless standards have been used in a smartphone chipset for the first time ever. As usual, the new flagship Snapdragon chipset comes with sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G connectivity when paired with the Snapdragon X55 modem.
The chipset also supports up to 200MP camera sensors, up to 8K video recording at 30fps, up to 4K video recording at 120fps, and 720p slow-motion videos at 960fps. The ISP is capable of recording 4K HDR videos in Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG, and real-time bokeh effects for videos are also a part of the package. Other features of the Snapdragon 865+ include dual-SIM support, aptX Adaptive, NFC, Galileo, GLONASS, dual-frequency GPS, NavIC, and QZSS.
The Snapdragon 865+ SoC supports USB 3.1 Type-C port, Quick Charge 4+, and Quick Charge AI. We expect that Samsung will use the new Snapdragon processor inside the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Tab S7, and the Galaxy Tab S7+ as well.