Qualcomm Snapdragon 870: The OnePlus 9’s Chip Revealed?


Will the OnePlus 9 possess a chipset a generation behind Qualcomm’s flagship?

Qualcomm just updated a year’s flagship portable chip in an abrupt turn, making a Snapdragon 870 chipset that fits from the product line just below the brand new Snapdragon 888.

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The Snapdragon 870 is a clocked-up Snapdragon 865 Plus, which was itself a clocked-up of the Snapdragon 865, a year’s sexy Android flagship processor. The 865 was succeeded by the Snapdragon 888, the chip from the new Samsung Galaxy S21 series.

The 870’s crucial new feature is a “prime center” running at 3.2GHz rather than the 865 Plus 3.1GHz and the 865’s 2.84GHz.

Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 870

The Snapdragon 870 is used by OnePlus, a firm known for putting only the fastest Qualcomm chipsets in its flagship phones. This could create a division between an approaching OnePlus 9 Pro with a Snapdragon 888 plus an OnePlus 9 having an 870.

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Chinese sites that smoked out possible 870 functionality in a Vivo telephone say it’s a 15-18% increase in performance over the 865 and is just 5-8% behind the 888. However, CPU benchmarks do not tell the whole story.

The gap could be clearly seen in transmitter and imaging capabilities, not at all pure rate. The 888 can run cameras rather than two simultaneously and unite the 5G spectrum in new ways that the 870, as an overclocked Snapdragon 865 Plus, lacks.

Qualcomm Announces Boosted Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile

“The flagship functionality and exceptional 5G connectivity supplied from the Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile Platform combined with OnePlus’ unique, innovative technologies and optimization, we now look forward to providing lightning-fast 5G speeds and ultra-smooth cellular experiences to more users.” Kinder Liu, chief operating officer and head of R&D, OnePlus stated in a media release.

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Qualcomm’s move is brand new. It has made a flagship for the past few years, bumped it up halfway through the year, then introduced another flagship. I can not think of it performing this “one and three quarters” plan before.

Qualcomm Technologies Build Snapdragon 870 for Oneplus

“Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus, the brand new Snapdragon 870 was designed to address OEM and cellular industry requirements,” says Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc…

I have to wonder what’s at the heart of this movement. Why aren’t the 865+ and 888 up to “mobile industry requirements”? Maybe there’s a lack of 888 components?

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The 870 will look in phones from Motorola, iQOO, OnePlus, Oppo, and Xiaomi. We won’t have to wait to observe the 870, as it will come to mobiles “at the first quarter of 2021.”