Qualcomm Snapdragon 870: Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon 870 mobile platform a month after bringing Snapdragon 888 as its latest flagship system-on-chip (SoC). The new chipset comes as a slightly smaller version of the Snapdragon 865+ that debuted last year. It is also the first in the series to offer processing cores with clock speeds of up to 3.2GHz. The Snapdragon 870 SoC includes Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology to help mobile gamers. The device also features a fifth-generation Qualcomm AI engine to enable artificial intelligence (AI) experiences.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 device availability
Smartphone manufacturers including IQoo, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo and Xiaomi are ready to bring their phones based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. These devices are expected to debut in the first quarter of 2021.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 specification, features
Like the Snapdragon 865+ launched in July last year, the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 is based on 7nm process technology and comes with the Kryo 385 CPU, which has a tri-cluster architecture. It brings the Cortex-A77’s primary cores at a clock speed of 3.2GHz, along with the Cortex-A77’s three cores at 2.4GHz and the rest of the Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz. The chipset also includes the Adreno 650 GPU, paired with Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology and includes support for updatable GPU drivers. There is also a Hexagon 698 processor with a fifth generation Qualcomm AI engine and a Hexagon Tensor Accelerator that provides up to 15 Tera operations per second (TOPS). Qualcomm has also incorporated its sensing hub to always provide sensual on awareness. The Snapdragon 870 SoC features a Qualcomm Spectra 480 image signal processor that brings 200-megapixel photo capture support. The ISP supports up to a 25-megapixel dual camera setup or a 64-megapixel single camera. It also includes support for 8K video recording at 30fps frame rate.
Qualcomm has given the FastConnect 6800 system on the Snapdragon 870 that brings Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity with Qualcomm aptX adaptive audio support. The chipset also supports external Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF systems for 5G access. This is in contrast to the Snapdragon 888 which has an integrated Snapdragon X60 5G modem.
Snapdragon 870 SoC supports 4K display at 60Hz refresh rate or QHD + at 144Hz. The chipset also includes support for LPDDR5 memory up to 2750MHz frequency. Vendors can also go for LPDDR4x memory up to 2133MHz. The total memory capacity can be up to 16GB with the new chipset. Just like the Snapdragon 888 supports Quick Charge 5, the Snapdragon 870 features Quick Charge 4+ technology. It is similar to Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+. Fast charging technology is coupled with the success of Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus with Qualcomm Quick Charge AI.Building, the new Snapdragon 870 was designed to meet the needs of OEMs and the mobile industry, ”Kedal Kondap, vice president , Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies in a prepared statement.