Published: Tue, January 19, 2021
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New Snapdragon 870 5G For Affordable Smartphones

New Snapdragon 870 5G For Affordable Smartphones

This new chip might not only keep costs down by using older production techniques, but could give phone makers a reasonably fast chip if 888 supplies are tight. The new Snapdragon 870 is created to deliver increased performance across the board for geared-up gameplay with insanely fast Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming experiences, truly global 5G sub-6 GHz and mmWave, and ultra-intuitive AI.

Qualcomm will probably present the new Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile Platform later in the day, but all the important details have already been made public.

The chip features a high-performance Cortex-A77 core running up to 3.2GHz, as compared with the Snapdragon 865's 2.84GHz Cortex-A77 and the 3.13GHz Cortex-A77 in the Kirin 9000. By contrast, the 870 simply nudges to the Kryo CPU clock speed, from 3.1GHz to the new 3.2GHz clock speed.

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.


It's essentially a Snapdragon 865 Plus with a clock speed improvement. Think of it nearly like a Snapdragon 865 Plus-plus. For which, it has the same Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF system as the Snapdragon 865 Plus that allows support for both sub-6GHz and mmWave. Commercial devices based on Snapdragon 870 are expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2021.

Qualcomm confirmed the Snapdragon 870 will power "flagship" devices from customers including Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo's Iqoo brand, and Xiaomi.

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 chipset will also support video recording at up to 8K resolutions at 30fps and up to 4K resolutions at 120fps.

The new SoC comes with support for LPDDR5 RAM up to 2750MHz and LPDDR4x memory up to 2133MHz. It supports Wi-Fi 6 (up to 1.77 Gbps) and Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX Voice and Adaptive.

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