Qualcomm simply unveiled a brand new high-end 800-series ARM processor, and I do know what you’re pondering: Didn’t Qualcomm already announce its 2021 flagship system-on-a-chip (SoC)? It did, however the brand new Snapdragon 870 will slot in beneath the flagship Snapdragon 888. The 870 is extra akin to final 12 months’s 865, but it surely’ll be cheaper for OEMs to construct on in contrast with the 888.
Many of the chip specs are unchanged from the 865. That is nonetheless an eight-core ARM chip with 4 environment friendly A55 cores, three sooner A77 cores, and one A77 core that operates at the next frequency. This “Prime Core” is the first distinction between the chips. The 870’s Prime Core can hit 3.2GHz in contrast with 3.09GHz for the 865+. These are each sooner than the unique 865 chip, which topped out at 2.84GHz. The Snapdragon 888 is a totally totally different half with the most recent 5nm manufacturing course of, a brand new GPU, and redesigned CPU cores.
Qualcomm additionally made an enormous enchancment within the 888 that gained’t be shared by the 870. As a substitute of the brand new built-in X60 5G modem, the 870 will use the identical exterior X55 seen within the SD865 household, which is smart from a technical standpoint. The 870 is simply an 865 by one other title — it used the identical SM8250 silicon in spite of everything. An exterior modem isn’t as power-efficient as an built-in half, which has led to lackluster battery life in lots of 865-based telephones.
We’ve been hoping to see a successor to the Snapdragon 765, however that’s not the 870. The 765 chip had six environment friendly cores and two high-speed, making it barely slower than its huge brother 865 (the 2 have been introduced in tandem). Nevertheless, the 765 had an built-in 5G modem that made it cheaper and fewer of a battery hog. Nevertheless, Qualcomm doesn’t see the 870 as a successor to the 765 — a real alternative for that chip is allegedly nonetheless on the way in which.
So, what’s the Snapdragon 870 going to be for? Qualcomm says it has already inked offers with Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, and others to make use of the 870 in merchandise launching this 12 months. That is primarily a year-old chip design with a contemporary coat of paint, and firms like OnePlus delight themselves on utilizing the most recent and best. No matter they’ve in retailer most likely gained’t be marketed as a flagship cellphone — not less than it shouldn’t be.