Qualcomm's Snapdragon 870 is a souped-up version of last year's flagship

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In saying so, it looks like the Snapdragon 870 lacks the FastConnect 6900 connectivity suite seen in the 865 Plus, opting for the 6800 suite seen in the original Snapdragon 865 instead. That's not almost as impressive as the 25%-35% improvements we've seen with the SD888, but it should give manufacturers a slightly cheaper 7nm chipset to fall back on if Qualcomm and Samsung run into supply shortages on the new 5nm Snapdragon 888. Based on the specs sheet, the Snapdragon 870 is basically an overclocked variant of the Snapdragon 865 Plus (which is an overclocked Snapdragon 865) with higher clock speeds for both the CPU and GPU.

It may seem odd to release yet another slightly improved Snapdragon 865 when the 888 is a more substantial leap and doesn't carry a huge premium - the 888-equipped Galaxy S21 costs less than its predecessor, after all. Plus, it offers widespread accessibility with support for mmWave, Sub-6 GHz, TDD, FDD, and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS).

"Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus, the new Snapdragon 870 was created to address OEM and mobile industry requirements", Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies Inc said. This means it is a 7nm and octa-core chipset just like the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865 Plus.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipsets will support both sub-6GHz and mm Wave 5G networks
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipsets will support both sub-6GHz and mm Wave 5G networks

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC comes equipped with Adreno 650 GPU. In addition, it also has support for SA and NSA modes, along with DSS. It supports a display of 4K at 60Hz and QHD+ at 144Hz, 10-bit color depth, HDR10, and HDR10+ certifications as well as maximum external display support up to 4K at 60Hz. When compared to the Snapdragon 865 Plus, these elements remain the same on paper.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has unveiled another powerful 5G chipset. The SoC allows for up to 200MP capture on the rear and either up to a single 64MP capture or up to 25MP (dual camera) capture on the front. Support for up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM is also present. There's slow motion video recording support of up to 720p at 960 FPS. Some of these include the likes of Motorola, OnePlus, iQOO, and Xiaomi.

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