Qualcomm recently upgraded its flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset to Snapdragon 855 Plus, which is basically a higher binned variant with slightly faster CPU and GPU cores. Last year, Snapdragon 845 also had a higher frequency refresh that made it to phones like Asus ROG Phone, but this year Qualcomm has released the refresh with a Plus moniker, which perhaps explains the enthusiastic response from Android manufacturers worldwide. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Snapdragon 855: What’s different?
Qualcomm has marketed Snapdragon 855 Plus as a game-centric chipset. The launch presentation talked at length about the Snapdragon elite gaming features, but that’s something you’d find on both Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855 Plus.
But yes, the gaming claims aren’t completely unfounded. The Adreno 640 GPU gets a significant 15% boost as the clock frequency jumps from 585MHz to 672Mhz. Also, the frequency of the single Prime core has been increased from 2.84 to 2.96Hz, which should help improve the performance of single-threaded workloads.
It remains to be seen these changes translate to a meaningful difference in the real world usage, but the Plus moniker surely gives OEMs a marketing advantage they aren’t willing to forgo. So, here’s a list of Snapdragon 855 phones that are already official or are in the pipeline.
List of Snapdragon 855 Plus Phones
1. Asus ROG Phone 2
Asus ROG Phone 2 (Review) is the first Snapdragon 855 Plus phone to go official. The second-generation gaming phone from Asus integrates the best possible hardware for maximum performance and has an elaborate cooling system to ensure that the resultant performance doesn’t throttle in the long run.
To further favor gamers, ROG Phone II has a low latency AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch refresh rate and 6000mAh battery. Other highlights include 30W fast charging, stereo speakers, and dual rear cameras.
2. Black Shark 2 Pro
Black Shark just introduced a pro variant of its second-generation gaming phone, the Black Shark 2 Pro. Apart from the new Snapdragon 855 plus chipset, the Pro variant also has faster UFS 3.0 storage, the impact of which should be visible while installing big game files.
Other than that, other specs and design remain the same. There’s 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 240Hz touch refresh rate, 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM, almost-stock Android 9 Pie-based Joy UI, and a 4000mAh battery.
3. Vivo iQOO Pro
Vivo’s gaming-centric smartphone – iQOO gets a Pro upgrade. The new phone brings Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and is available in two variants. There are a Vivo iQOO Pro 4G edition and an iQOO Pro 5G model. You get the proprietary Funtouch OS on top.
It flaunts a 6.41-inch 1080×2340 Super AMOLED display that bears a fingerprint scanner within. The rear cameras include a 48MP (f/1.79) primary coupled with a 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2) and a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera carries a 12 MP (f/2.0) sensor.
It draws juice from a 4500mAh battery which is backed by a 45W ultra-fast charging support. As for the memory configs, you get an 8/12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with the 4G iQOO Pro. The 5G variant will be out in 8/12GB of RAM and 128/256GB of storage space.
4. Mi Mix (Mixx) 4
Mi Mix 4 is expected to launch soon, most likely in the month of September 2019. And luckily, we have scoured some key specs leak. It suggests Snapdragon 855+ chipset coupled with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of UFS 3.0 storage.
Other alleged specs are 4500mAh battery coupled with a 30W fast charging and reverse wireless charging support, a 108MP Samsung sensor along with a 16MP ultra-wide lens, a 12MP shooter, and a periscope lens for lossless optical zoom.
Mi Mix 4 might also bring NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, a full-view display with 2k resolution, and ceramic back.
5. Nubia Z20
Apart from refreshing Magic 3 gaming phone, Nubia is also confirmed to be working on a dual-display phone that’s powered by Snapdragon 555 Plus. The Nubia Z20 was certified on Tenna and the listing revealed a few key specifications.
The handset will include a 6.4-inch AMOLED display on the front and a 5.1-inch OLED display on the rear – each with Full HD+ (2340 X 1080) resolution. Nubia Z20 will also have in-display fingerprint sensors for both of its screen. Let’s see if Nubia puts the second screen to more innovative use than Vivo.
6. Nubia Red Magic 3s
It was only recently that ZTE launched Nubia Magic 3 in India, and the world on the street is that it will soon refresh its gaming portfolio with the Snapdragon 855 Plus powered Nubia Magic 3s in China really soon.
Since other rivals like BlackShark have already rocked the boat, this doesn’t seem far fetched at all. Apart from the new chipset, we don’t know much about the upcoming Magic 3s. Other details are likely to remain similar.
7. Realme X Pro (Upcoming)
Soon after the Snapdragon 855 Plus announcement, Realme took to social media to welcome this new chip. This clearly indicates that the brand is working on another flagship, which will also be its first Snapdragon 800-series phone.
The upcoming Realme Snapdragon 855 plus phone is rumored to be dubbed as the Realme X Pro and it will allegedly tale on Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro (Review) in India.
8. Vivo Nex 3 (Upcoming)
Vivo’s Nex phones are about revolutionary designs backed by top-shelf performance hardware. The upcoming Vivo Nex 3 will allegedly feature more than 100% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to a display that folds at the edges at 90-degrees.
The upcoming Nex 3 is also rumored to be powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus. Other details are still sparse.
9. Oppo Find X2 (Upcoming)
Oppo has officially talked about a “waterfall display” that curves at 88-degrees on the edges. The prototypes posted on social media handles all but confirm that this fancy screen will be used on the Find X successor.
This new Oppo flagship is also rumored to employ Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus, which make sense since the Find X-series phones traditionally belong to the truly premium smartphone segment.
10. OnePlus 7T Pro (Rumored)
OnePlus hasn’t confirmed anything about its T-series flagships so far, but it would make absolutely no sense to bring it with any other chipset. The company has always backed its phones with the best available Qualcomm chips and the resulting performance has been the USP of its phones. We don’t see any reason for why that should change moving forward.
Phones with Snapdragon 855+ chipset
These are a few Snapdragon 855 phones that we have heard of. Not all of them are out yet, but most are expected to go official in the next few weeks. We are guessing, most users won’t notice a world of difference in practical usage, but the SD 855 shall remain the best Qualcomm chipset for the remaining part of the year.