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Qualcomm Announces the Snapdragon 870 5G

Qualcomm has announced its new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G mobile platform, described as a “follow-on” to its flagship Snapdragon 865 Plus.

Like the Snapdragon 865 Plus, the Snapdragon 870 5G has an Adreno 650 GPU and the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System. However, its Kryo 585 CPU is slightly faster with a 3.2GHz prime core clock speed, and it uses the Qualcomm FastConnect 6800 Subsystem instead of FastConnect 6900.

Other similar features between the new processor and the 865 Plus include sub-6 GHz 5G, mmWave, Qualcomm’s 5th gen AI Engine, and the Qualcomm Sensing Hub.

Image source: Qualcomm Twitter

In a press release, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. vice president of product management Kedar Kondap said, “Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus, the new Snapdragon 870 was designed to address OEM and mobile industry requirements. Snapdragon 870 will power a selection of flagship devices from key customers including Motorola, iQOO, OnePlus, OPPO, and Xiaomi.”

Announcements of commercial devices with the new processor are expected to occur in Q1 2021.

Qualcomm had previously announced its new flagship Snapdragon 888 5G processor in December 2020. On January 14, 2021, the company revealed that the new flagship would power Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series “for select regions”.


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