Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 870 5G Chipset With The Highest High Clock Speed In The World For A Smartphone SoC

Qualcomm and its chip fabrication partner TSMC have come up with the Snapdragon 870 5G Chipset. Manufactured on the 7nm Fabrication Process, the Snapdragon 870 claims to be the fastest System-on-a-Chip (SoC) for a mobile platform.

Instead of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865++, Qualcomm and TSMC have launched the Snapdragon 870. Technically tagged as the SM8250-AC, the CPU within the SoC reaches the highest clock speed in the mobile world. Qualcomm has clearly worked hard to beat Huawei HiSilicon’s Kirin 9000 SoC to reclaim the title of “Fastest Mobile Chipset”.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G Chipset Specifications, Features:

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G Chipset uses Kryo 585 cores, which are based on ARM’s Cortex-A77. There are some in-house tweaks that allow the SoC’s prime core to run at 3.2 GHz, up from 3.1 GHz on the Snapdragon 865+ and 2.94 GHz on the original or standard Snapdragon 865.

The current flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 CPU is based on the newer Cortex-X1 and A78 instead. Interestingly, it runs at lower frequencies (2.84 GHz for the X1). However, there’s a lot more to a CPU than just high speed. Hence, it would be better to wait for benchmarks for a true comparison. For RAM, there’s support for up to 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G Chipset has Adreno 650 GPU. It is not immediately clear if Qualcomm has tweaked the graphics core for a boost in performance. The same GPU is present in Snapdragon 865 as well as 865+. In these cases, the Adreno 650 GPU runs at 587 MHz, and 670 MHz respectively. Incidentally, the Hexagon 698 and the Tensor Accelerator deliver the same 15 TOPS as the two 865 chips.

The Snapdragon 875 SoC display driver can run 1440p class panels at up to 144Hz (or 4K at 60 Hz) and supports HDR10+ (Rec. 2020 color gamut). As for imaging, the Spectra 480 ISP is unchanged. There’s support for sensors up to 200 MP, 8K video capture at 30 FPS (and 4K at 120 FPS), High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos using the HDR10+, and Dolby Vision standards.

Connectivity-wise as well, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G Chipset isn’t path-breaking. There’s Qualcomm’s FastConnect 6800 system which includes Wi-Fi 6 (up to 1.77 Gbps) and Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX Voice and Adaptive. Strangely, the Snapdragon 865+ has the slightly better FastConnect 6900, which offered Wi-Fi 6E.

Despite supporting 5G, the Snapdragon 870 doesn’t have an integrated solution. Instead, the SoC is paired with an external Snapdragon X55 with sub-6 and mmWave support (up to 7.5 Gbps downlink and up to 3 Gbps upload speeds).

When Will Android Smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G Chipset Arrive?

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G Chipset has already been booked by Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi, and iQOO. There’s no confirmed launch date yet. However, these leading smartphone companies are reportedly in the final stages of testing their devices.

Interestingly, Xiaomi has indicated there’s a camera-centric smartphone in the works. Meanwhile, iQOO is making a gaming phone.

Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.