Qualcomm unveils a second flagship chipset for 2021


An enhanced Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU prime core clock speed of up to 3.2 GHz.

Rumors circulated a year ago that Qualcomm could be working on a Lite version of its Snapdragon 875/888 flagship silicon, and it's finally time to see what the company has to offer.

Qualcomm claims to have created the Snapdragon 870 platform to address existing OEM and mobile industry requirements. Alongside Qualcomm's announcement, a couple of brands like OnePlus and Xiaomi confirmed that they will use the Snapdragon 870 chipset in their upcoming smartphones. Needless to say, like most other chipsets that come out these days, the Snapdragon 870 also comes with 5G connectivity. If you don't care about any of that, though, you should be fine with an 870.

The first batch of Snapdragon 870 phones will arrive in the first quarter of 2021, and early customers include OnePlus, Motorola, Oppo, iQOO and Xiaomi. Some will be announced in Q1 2021. It retains the Snapdragon X55 5G modem that was used in countless Android devices previous year, so customers can expect support for both Sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G networks.

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The Snapdragon 870 gets the same Adreno 650 as the Snapdragon 865/865+.

The SoC will support QHD+ display at 144Hz refresh rate or 4K display at 60Hz refresh rate. 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.

It comes with the full suite of Snapdragon Elite Gaming features including desktop forward rendering, Qualcomm Game Color Plus v2.0 and Qualcomm Game Smoother. The Snapdragon 870 is built on TSMC's 7nm process and has 8 cores. This new chipset might enables this, and therefore could be the one powering the leaked Motorola Nio. It comes with support for sensors up to 200 MP, 8K video capture at 30 fps (and 4K at 120 fps) along with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.