Snapdragon 865 Alleged Specifications Leaked Ahead of December 3rd Announcement


Qualcomm is expected to unveil its next-generation flagship smartphone chipset, the Snapdragon 865, on the 3rd of December 2019. However, ahead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2019 expo that is set to happen between the 3rd and the 5th of next month, important specifications of the upcoming chipset have been leaked online.

As expected, the successor to the Snapdragon 855+ processor will allegedly come with incremental improvements in CPU and GPU performances, and it will use Samsung’s latest fabrication process: 7nm EUV. Let us have a look at the leaked information regarding the Snapdragon 865 SoC (System on Chip).

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Specifications: Leaked Info

The leaked information about Snapdragon 865 comes by the way of a reliable Chinese leakster named Digital Chat Station through Weibo. The Snapdragon 865 SoC allegedly features an octa-core 64-bit CPU with a 1+3+4 core arrangement, similar to its predecessor. One ARM Cortex-A77 derivative Kryo CPU core can reach clock speeds of up to 2.84GHz. Three other ARM Cortex-A77 based CPU cores can reach maximum clock speeds of up to 2.42GHz. The chipset will allegedly use four ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores that are clocked at 1.8GHz. It is being reported that Snapdragon 865’s CPU performance will be up to 20 percent better than its predecessor.

The Snapdragon 865 chipset reportedly uses the Adreno 650 GPU, and it will reportedly have a clock speed of 650MHz. The new custom-designed GPU from Qualcomm will allegedly perform anywhere between 17% and 20% faster than the Adreno 640 GPU that is used in the Snapdragon 855 and the Snapdragon 865 chipsets. Moreover, it is being speculated that Qualcomm will make its upcoming high-end SoC compatible with a new memory standard, LPDDR5, something that will also be used in Samsung’s recently-unveiled Exynos 990 (could end up being called the Exynos 9830) chipset. Qualcomm could launch two variants of Snapdragon 865, one with an integrated 4G LTE modem and the other with a 5G Multi-Mode modem.

We also expect Qualcomm to launch a slightly overclocked version of the Snapdragon 865 processor in the form of Snapdragon 865+ sometime in the second half of 2020.

Which Phones Could Use The Snapdragon 865 Chipset?

As usual, Samsung, Sony, and Xiaomi could be one of the first few brands that could use the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform from Qualcomm. The Galaxy S11 series of smartphones, which consists of the Galaxy S11e, Galaxy S11, and the Galaxy S11 Plus, will reportedly use the Snapdragon 865 processor in the American and Chinese markets. Xiaomi’s next Mi-series smartphone, the Mi 10, could use the Snapdragon 865 chipset as well. Sony could unveil the Xperia 3 in the first quarter of 2020 during MWC 2020 (Mobile World Congress), and it could use Qualcomm’s next-generation flagship processor.

Later in the year, we can expect high-end phones from ASUS, iQOO, Lenovo, LG, MEIZU, Motorola, Nokia, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Vivo, and ZTE. ASUS will most probably follow up with the ASUS ZenFone 7, OnePlus will launch the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and the OnePlus 8 Pro 5G. We also expect LG to launch the G9 ThinQ and the V60 ThinQ. Realme could launch a successor to the X2 Pro in the form of the X3 Pro, featuring either the Snapdragon 865 or the Snapdragon 865+.