Late last year, Qualcomm lifted the veil with great fanfare on the Snapdragon 888 , its new high-end SoC. At the time, we thought it was coming to replace the Snapdragon 865, but it seems that is not quite the case. The founder has indeed just put the cover back with the Snapdragon 870, which according to the company arises as the true successor of the 865. Explanations.
If you are expecting new hearts or even new architecture, then you might be disappointed.
The Snapdragon 870 is indeed very close to the 865 and it thus takes most of its characteristics, while offering slightly higher frequencies on some cores.
The Snapdragon 870, between the Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 888
The SoC therefore embeds a CPU made up of three clusters, or subsets: one Cortex A77 clocked at 3.2 GHz, three Cortex A77 clocked at 2.4 GHz and four Cortex A55 clocked at 1.8 GHz. The most powerful hearts will of course only activate when our smartphone needs power. The rest of the time, the A55s will run.
The GPU does not change either and it is the Adreno 650, a chip that has once again proven itself in the past. A GPU that will be powerful enough to run the biggest titles with full graphics and without any lag in prospect.
A Snapdragon X55 modem completes the package, with support for mmWave and sub-6 GHz. Smartphones and devices with a Snapdragon 870 will therefore be able to take advantage of 5G and its speeds.
An SoC that will equip some of the next flagships
To complete the set, it will also be possible to count on a Hexagon 698 and a Spectra 480 as ISP. The Snapdragon 870 will therefore be able to support photo sensors of 200 million pixels and offer video recording in 8K at 30 frames per second.
And unsurprisingly, Bluetooth 5.2 and WiFi 6 are also present.
Concretely, therefore, the Snapdragon 870 mainly serves as a Snapdragon 865 ++, or Snapdragon 88 Lite, and it will undoubtedly allow the manufacturers of flagships to achieve great savings. The SoC should indeed be a little more affordable than the 888.
It also seems that Qualcomm has a lot of interest. Vivo, Xiaomi and OnePlus would indeed intend to quickly launch smartphones under Snapdragon 870. The same for Oppo and Motorola.
We can therefore imagine a little wider ranges with flagships under Snapdragon 870 and super flagships under Snapdragon 888. On the other hand, it will probably be necessary to wait a few weeks for the first devices to benefit from this chip to be announced. Qualcomm for its part evokes the first quarter of 2021 without giving further details.