Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 865 Plus, coming first to ASUS ROG Phone 3

Today, Qualcomm is announcing its Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G Mobile Platform. The chipset has been rumored for some time, as it's expected to arrive in Samsung's flagship handsets later this summer.

As was the case last year with the Snapdragon 855 Plus, there's not a lot that has been changed from the Snapdragon 865. It's still using a Kryo 585 CPU, although the Prime core's clock speed has been bumped up to 3.1GHz. The Adreno 650 GPU has been bumped up as well, by 10%; however, Qualcomm doesn't talk about GPU clock speeds.

The third and final improvement is that the new SoC includes FastConnect 6900, which was announced back in May. This includes Wi-Fi 6E on the new 6GHz band, offering speeds of up to 3.6Gbps, and lower latency with Bluetooth 5.2. Qualcomm is promising wired-class voice and music quality over a wireless connection with FastConnect 6900.

The two launch partners that Qualcomm announced are ASUS and Lenovo. In fact, ASUS confirmed that the Snapdragon 865 Plus will be in the ROG Phone 3, while Lenovo said that it will be in a Legion product later on this year.

"ASUS is excited to once again offer users the best possible mobile gaming experience with the next generation ROG Phone 3, which will be powered by the new Snapdragon 865 Plus Mobile Platform," said Bryan Chang, general manager of smartphone business unit, ASUS. "Full specifications for the ROG Phone 3 will be announced in the coming weeks, but the addition of the Snapdragon 865 Plus ensures that the overall performance will take yet another leap forward."

"Innovating smarter, faster technology for higher performance and more immersive gameplay has always been a hallmark of Lenovo Legion," said Jerry Tsao, vice president of Lenovo’s Mobile Gaming Group Emerging Markets. "Three years after the launch of the Lenovo Legion PC portfolio, we’re bringing our beloved gaming sub-brand’s core values of speed and powerful performance to 5G mobile gaming – where Lenovo Legion will be amongst the first to offer the new Snapdragon 865 Plus in our expanding family of gaming devices this year. Lenovo has a long history of co-engineering amazing consumer experiences with Qualcomm Technologies and we can’t wait to share more soon."

Devices using the new chipset will arrive this quarter, so stay tuned for more information.

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