Today Qualcomm is announcing its latest chipset, the Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile Platform, in a surprising move that continues its minor updates over the Snapdragon 865 that powered many of last year’s best Android phones. Key to this latest chipset is its speed improvements over the Snapdragon 865+, which was already 10% faster than the original 865 on both CPU and GPU fronts. The Snapdragon 870 uses the same architecture as its predecessor but has an increased CPU clock speed of 3.2GHz, which should boost computing power.
That means we have a single Cortex A77 core that goes up to 3.2GHz, three A77 cores that go up to 2.40GHz, and four energy-efficient A55 cores at 1.80GHz. The Adreno 650 GPU is unchanged from the Snapdragon 865+, meaning you will see a 10% uptick in gaming performance from the normal Snapdragon 865.
The rest of the hardware is unchanged as well: you’ll find a Hexagon 698 processor for AI tasks, dual 14-bit Spectra 480 ISP, and an X55 5G modem that delivers up to 7.5Gbps downlink. The only difference in connectivity is that the 870 uses Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6800 system with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, missing out on Wi-Fi 6E.