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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855+ gaming processor; But do we need one?

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Qualcomm recently announced a new flagship processor built for gaming. The Snapdragon 855+ is coming to a number of gaming focused smartphones this year.

The Snapdragon 855+ comes with a higher CPU and GPU clockspeed for a boost in performance. It has an overclocked Kryo 485 Prime core that can reach speeds of up to 2.96GHz (from 2.84GHz). It is paired with an enhanced Adreno 640 GPU that promises up 15% improvement in graphics rendering.

The new chip also supports 5G which is expected. RAM and storage support remains the same.

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So far, there are a couple of smartphones will use the new chipset — namely the ASUS ROG Phone 2 and the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro. The latter popped up in Geekbench recently scoring a 3,632 in the single core test and a 11,304 on the multi-core test. It’s close to the Snapdragon 855’s, giving us an idea how well it performs.

According to Revu, several Chinese manufacturers have hinted to launch phones that will have the Snapdragon 855+. These are:

  • Black Shark
  • iQOO
  • Lenovo
  • Nubia
  • OPPO
  • Realme
  • Redmi
  • Smartisan
  • Vivo
  • Xiaomi

Personally, I’m not so high on gaming processors and smartphones. I’m not even sure we need one seeing as most mid-range chips are fully capable of playing demanding games. Plus there’s a big chance that this will only raise the prices of flagship devices even higher. But clearly, though, these smartphone brands see significant demand to justify releasing one.

Bryan is a tech and gadget enthusiast who spends his day blogging, writing fiction, and watching NBA clips on YouTube.

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