Snapdragon 855+ is an updated flagship processor, offers 15% boost in graphics

Asus ROG Phone II will be the first phone with new Snapdragon 855 Plus

Asus ROG Phone II will be the first phone with new Snapdragon 855 Plus

That "Plus" denotes a small gaming and VR-focused upgrade on top of the Snapdragon 855 processor found in a lot of the top Android phones of 2019.

The Adreno 640 GPU in the 855 Plus offers a 15% performance increase over the Adreno 640 in the 855. The manufacturer lays stress on the superior 5G gaming experience it calls "a truly Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Elite Gaming experience".

Qualcomm today announced a new, overclocked version of its Snapdragon 855 mobile chipset that is optimized for 5G, gaming, AI, and XR.

Qualcomm on Monday introduced the Snapdragon 855 Plus, a souped-up version of its high-end chip that powers numerous latest and greatest Android smartphones on the market. One vendor, Asus, plans on using the chip for just that. And, also the powerful chipset comes with 5G cpabilieties too, henceforth we could expect the next flagship phone from Realme could be a 5G capable phone. (At least Qualcomm's can't be accused of making the software's goal unclear.) The Snapdragon 855 Plus' full specs can be found here. The Snapdragon 855 Plus can be connected to an external X50 modem for 5G support. However AnandTech has produced a handy table to compare the specs directly against a plain vanilla Snapdragon 855.

Apart from gaming performance, it's unclear if the Snapdragon 855 Plus will make standard apps and the Android operating system run faster or more smoothly. With these, the smartphones fitted with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform can be expected to perform at their best with extended battery life even in 5G.

Snapdragon 855 Plus also updates the not-at-all-humbly named Snapdragon Elite Gaming Experience with "Game Jank Reducer, Game Fast Loader, Game AntiCheat Extensions, and more".

Devices built on the Snapdragon 855 Plus platform should arrive in the second half of 2019, Qualcomm says.