Qualcomm announced a surprise last week when Asus introduced the new ROG Phone 2. The upcoming game phone will carry a charged version of the Snapdragon 855, the 855 Plus. And lately, we've heard that the same chip will also be available in North American versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 when this phone debuts in August. If that's the case, then the 855 Plus should give the grade 10 and its rumors that the 10+ grade is ahead of the competition – including the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. But how is the new hardware different from the standard Snapdragon 855? Let's break down the changes.
Faster Prime CPU Core
The existing Snapdragon 855 contains eight cores. Four of them are based on Cortex A55 and are designed for an efficiency of 1
These cores are split fairly equally in the 855 Plus, but with an increased prime core clock rate up to 2.96 GHz , According to Qualcomm, this represents an increase of 4.2% for single-threaded applications. It should not be a noticeable performance degradation, although workloads that really weigh on this prime core, such as games or video rendering, are likely to benefit.
The GPU gets the biggest boost
The 855 The real advantage of Plus lies in the faster Adreno 640 GPU, which recorded in the new variant a significant increase in clock frequency from 585 MHz in the regular 855 to about 672 MHz.
This equates to a 15% faster playback, which in turn will be sure to target gaming performance in the first place. Theoretically, the Note 10 could achieve higher frame rates than a regular 855 phone in a particularly demanding game.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the 855 Plus debuted in collaboration with Asus – the new gaming flagship. If at the end of this year or the beginning of next year, Razer delivers a new hands-free handset as the successor to the Razer Phone 2, you can probably expect it to include the 855 Plus.
But why would the Snapdragon 855 Plus be integrated into the Galaxy? Note 10 given the reputation of the Galaxy Note as a workhorse for users looking for productivity? Because that's not the only target group that considers Samsung its most powerful flagship.
Rumors that Samsung has advanced the gaming capabilities of the Galaxy Note 9 over the past year – especially with regard to the phone's water-carbon cooling system designed for maximum performance without overheating the internal components Samsung, to choose the 855 Plus for the touch 10, make a lot of sense. Such a move would also give the Note Series a tangible hardware advantage over the Galaxy S family, which the company's Phablets lacked in recent years despite their comparatively higher prices.