In 2016, Qualcomm launched two Snapdragon 8-series processors, the 820 & 821, in two halves of the year. We didn’t get to see the same in the next two years as only one flagship Snapdragon 8-series processor launched in 2017 as well as 2018. But this year, we now have Snapdragon 855 Plus, a small upgrade to the Snapdragon 855 SOC.
We also got to know today that the Asus ROG Phone 2 will be the first to launch with this upgraded Snapdragon 855 chipset.
So, what’s the difference between the Snapdragon 855 & Snapdragon 855 Plus? Well, the latter has a higher clock speed of 2.96GHz for the 1x Kryo 485 CPU (The clock speed for rest of the cores is the same as Snapdragon 855). Moreover, the GPU now has a higher frequency of 672MHz, compared to the 585MHz in case of regular Snapdragon 855.
Snapdragon 855 Plus is built for speed to support enhanced performance and deliver leading experiences in gaming. The Snapdragon Elite Gaming Experience gives you a competitive edge with a full suite of hardware and software features that are fully optimized for gaming, including the Vulkan 1.1 Graphics Driver that is 20% more power-efficient than Open GL ES. The Snapdragon Elite Gaming Experience also features software enhancements such as Game Jank Reducer, Game Fast Loader, Game AntiCheat Extensions, and more.
The Asus ROG Phone 2 is expected to launch in China on July 23rd & is most likely going to be the first phone to launch with Snapdragon 855 Plus SOC.