Jan 21, 2021

Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G Goes Official

The successor to the Snapdragon 865+, the Snapdragon 870 5G is designed to deliver solid performance on all fronts geared towards affordable premium smartphones.

Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 870 5G SoC. The follow-up to the flagship Snapdragon 865+ chipset, the new processor is engineered solely to deliver a more beefed-up performance over the previous iteration, all intended for affordable flagship smartphones.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G is built around a 7nm processor that works on an enhanced Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU prime core, with a speed that is clocked up to 3.2GHz. Essentially, this has allowed the American chipmaker to reclaim the clock speed title in the process.

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Like its predecessors, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G is also developed to impress upon serious gameplay performance. This is made possible by the inclusion of the blazing-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming system. With it, gamers are guaranteed hyper-realistic graphics and real-time performance optimization, much like a desktop-level experience.

Additionally, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G has support for Qualcomm Game Smoother, which is tasked to reduce stutter. There's also the addition of the Qualcomm Game Color Plus and support for true 10-bit HDR gaming for improved color and contrast.

Qualcomm also managed to include support for up to a 144Hz refresh rate at QHD+ resolution and support for updateable GPU drivers which should deliver optimizations for the latest gaming iterations.

Qualcomm has also brought to the table its 5th-generation AI Engine. Another highlight in this section is the Qualcomm Hexagon 698 Processor with Hexagon Tensor Accelerator which pushes up the AI computation to 15 TOPS.

Your phone's battery life is also assured of longevity as the Snapdragon 870 5G chip supports the company's Quick Charge 4+ technology.

On the optics front, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G makes use of the Qualcomm Spectra 480 Image Signal Processor, one that supports dual 14-bit ISPs. Support for up to 200-megapixel photo capture is also in the mix, alongside a hardware accelerator for computer vision (CV-ISP).

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G also flaunts the Qualcomm FastConnect 6800 System, which offers support for Wi-Fi 6 and the latest Bluetooth. As with the former, a phone that features this chipset should be able to accommodate gigabit-class speeds of up to 1.8Gbps and a low latency connection.

According to Qualcomm, the latest Snapdragon 870 5G SoC is set to power a selection of flagship smartphones from key manufacturers which include the likes of Xiaomi, OPPO, Motorola, and vivo's iQOO.

The said smartphones are scheduled to be released in Q1 2021.