With a surprise processor produced by Qualcomm, the company is releasing a turbocharged version of last year’s top model, the Snapdragon 865, in the form of the Snapdragon 870 chip. In fact, the new chip is already the second repaired edition of the 865, in the first creased model, the 865+, the clock is now being gymnasted even higher by the manufacturer – but the fresh chip doesn’t bring any major innovation.
The Snapdragon 870 also has the same processor cores as its two immediate predecessors. The lineup consists of four Cortex-A77 and also four Cortex-A55. For high-performance tasks, an A77 core was provided by the manufacturer with a significantly higher clock speed than the rest of the trio, which is already ticking at 3.2 gigahertz, compared to the 3.09 gigahertz seen at 865+. However, the frequencies of the other cores are already the same as those of the Snapdragon 865 and 865+ models, meaning that the slower A77 cores produce 2.42 gigahertz and the four Cortex-A55 cores produce 1.8 gigahertz. The 870 chip also works with an Adreno 650 GPU, the latter, like the 865+, at 670 megahertz.
So the “fresh” model does not bring a shocking innovation, so it is questionable how justified the name Snapdragon 870, which suggests perhaps more significant improvements than the 110 megahertz added to a core. Either way, Qualcomm says several of its oxophone partners, including Xiaomi, Motorola and OnePlus, are set to launch “top models” with new chips – although it is questionable how well this category will hold up when chip maker Snapdragon 888 models with a mobile processor are also in the tube, a significant improvement over the 865-870 family.
In the smartphone market, however, the upward expansion of product categories has become increasingly pronounced in recent years, meaning that “ultra-premium” models have come alongside premium devices, along with chunky price tags, of course. It could easily be that Qualcomm and the manufacturers will now try to shake up the “field premium” segment by planting last year’s chip into devices that are essentially more affordable but still have the right performance and feature set.
Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.
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