Qualcomm's Snapdragon 870 is a souped-up version of last year's flagship

Alonzo Simpson
January 19, 2021

The new Snapdragon 870 will be clocked at 3.2Ghz which makes it 3.2% faster than the SD865 Plus and 12.6% faster than the result SD865. While it's possible Qualcomm eliminated Wi-Fi 6E from the Snapdragon 870 specifically to avoid overcrowding its mesh networking backhaul, we really don't know; we reached out to Qualcomm and didn't hear back by press time.

As you've expected from the name, the Snapdragon 870 is a step up from the 865 from previous year. This means that the 870 includes the Snapdragon X55 5G modem that the Snapdragon 865 Plus did. The newly launched chipset features an enhanced Qualcomm Kry 585 CPU prime core clock speed of up to 3.2 GHz.

This should obviously be a 5nm based Snapdragon SoC and it was kind of coming as Samsung and MediaTek are going on announcing a lot of smartphone chipsets.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC comes equipped with Adreno 650 GPU. Plus, it offers widespread accessibility with support for mmWave, Sub-6 GHz, TDD, FDD, and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS). Think of it nearly like a Snapdragon 865 Plus-plus.

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The Snapdragon 870 shouldn't be thought of as a Snapdragon 888 "Lite" - rather, it's more of a follow-up to the Snapdragon 865 series.

Qualcomm confirmed the Snapdragon 870 will power "flagship" devices from customers including Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo's Iqoo brand, and Xiaomi. While none of the vendors announced specific phones based on the new Snapdragon 870, it's a pretty safe bet that some are in the works.

The chipset features 5th gen AI Engine including Qualcomm Hexagon 698 processor with Hexagon Tensor Accelerator, claiming up to 15 TOPS performance. Talking in specifics, the company claims transfer speeds of up to 7.5Gbps (downlink) and up to 3Gbps (uplink). In terms of video shooting capabilities, there is support for up to 8K capture at 30fps, along with the usual slate of features like MFNR, HEIF and HEVC capture, and more.

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