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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 Plus

Upgraded flagship platform to support performance and experiences in 5G, Gaming, AI and XR potentially heading to Note 10 and Pixel 4

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Qualcomm Technologies,  unveiled the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform.

A follow on to the flagship Snapdragon 855 launching with leading OEMs globally, Qualcomm says its built for speed to support enhanced performance and deliver multi-gigabit 5G, gaming, AI and XR. The platform features a boost in performance that will raise gaming in a 5G era. This means that this will be the chip to be used in the upcoming flagships from Samsung and Google and other manufacturers with the exception of Huawei.

“Snapdragon 855 Plus will raise the bar for elite gamers with the increase in CPU and GPU performance and elevate experiences for 5G, gaming, AI and XR, which is something our OEM customers look to us to deliver,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management,  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Snapdragon 855 Plus is our most advanced mobile platform to date and will build upon the success of the 2019 Android flagship Snapdragon 855 5G mobile platform.”

Snapdragon 855 Plus with an integrated multi-gigabit Snapdragon X24 LTE 4G modem also supports 5G connectivity using the X50 5G modem and Qualcomm Technologies’ RF Front-end solutions to deliver best-in-class cellular performance, superior coverage and all-day battery life in premium 5G devices. The platform also offers the following enhancements over Snapdragon. The Kryo 485 CPU Prime core clock will speed at up to 2.96GHz and the Adreno 640 GPU offers a 15% increase

For gaming, Snapdragon 855 Plus is built for speed to support enhanced performance and deliver experiences. The Snapdragon Elite Gaming Experience will give users a competitive edge with a full suite of hardware and software features that are fully optimized including the Vulkan 1.1 Graphics Driver that is 20% more power efficient than Open GL ES. The Snapdragon Elite Gaming Experience also features software enhancements such as Game Jank Reducer, Game Fast Loader, Game AntiCheat Extensions, and more.    

Commercial devices based on Snapdragon 855 Plus are expected to be commercial in the second quarter of 2019.