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In a bid to set gaming smartphones apart, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset targeted at the flagship gaming smartphones. The major upgrade in the Plus variant is in the GPU and CPU. The GPU is now 15 percent faster while the CPU can now go up to 2.96GHz as compared to the 2.84GHz limit on the regular Snapdragon 855. To be honest, Qualcomm has been pushing the frontier of mobile gaming ever since it announced the Snapdragon 855 last year in December. Back then, Qualcomm unveiled what it calls Elite Gaming, which is basically a suite of features that enhance the experience of gaming on your smartphone

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Under the hood, the Kryo 485 cores at the heart of the Snapdragon 855 Plus are clocked at a higher 2.96GHz, while the same cores ticking inside the Snapdragon 855 are clocked at 2.84GHz. The CPU performance boost is around 4.2 percent, but the more notable upgrade comes in the graphics department. Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 855 Plus’ Adreno 640 GPU delivers a 15 percent boost in graphics performance compared to the standard Snapdragon 855.

Remaining in-house features such as the Qualcomm Aqstic, Qualcomm aptX, AI engine, and QC 4.0+ are carried over from the Snapdragon 855. The new Qualcomm SoC comes equipped with the Snapdragon X24 LTE modem for 4G connectivity and the Snapdragon X50 modem for 5G support. Qualcomm adds that phones powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus will arrive in the second half of 2019.

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