As per a new report by GizChina, we shouldn’t expect Snapdragon 865+ SoC in 2020. The news comes from Meizu’s CMO Wan Zhiqiang, who revealed the information in a Weibo comment.
While we could consider Wan as a more reliable source, it contradicts a previous tip from Chinese blogger Digital Chat Station. It posted on Weibo that the Snapdragon 865+ could land sometime in the third quarter.
Nonetheless, the possible delay in the launch of SD 865’s successor doesn’t come as a surprise amid the challenging times of the Coronavirus pandemic. Still, we should take the information with a grain of salt until Qualcomm makes any official announcement.
What is Snapdragon 865+?
For the uninitiated, Qualcomm first released a ‘Plus’ variant of its flagship SD 855 last year. The chipmaker bumped up the clock speeds to improve CPU and GPU performance and promoted 855+ as its “best gaming processor.”
Therefore, if the trend continues, we might see the SD865 Plus on similar lines as an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 865. For reference, the Snapdragon 865 is an octa-core SoC based on the 7nm+ fabricated process.
It features 4 Efficiency cores (1.8GHz), 3 Performance cores (2.42GHz), and 1 Prime core (2.84GHz). It comes with the Adreno 650GPU and supports up to 16GB LDDDR5 memory.
The plus variant levels the ground for the device makers who, unlike Samsung, aren’t early to the launch party for grabbing a piece of the cake.
One notable example is of Google Pixel series, but the search still went for SD855 in the case of Pixel 4. Mostly, Google might have finished the development process by the time SD855+ came to the market.
Another reason why device makers are reluctant in going for flagship Qualcomm chips is the soaring prices, making it difficult to keep the costs down.