Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 865 processor in 2019 and the 865 Plus is apparently already in the works. The Snapdragon 865 itself is a beast of a chip. It offers great graphics performance as well as support for 200MP+ cameras and 8K recording.
The news of the upcoming Snapdragon 865 Plus has appeared on Weibo. Popular Weibo tipster Digital Chat Station took to the platform to report the alleged existence of this processor.
According to the post, the launch of the Snapdragon 865 Plus is tentatively scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.
A “Plus” version of the Snapdragon 865 will not exactly be a surprise. Qualcomm occasionally releases slightly improved versions of its flagship chipsets. The Snapdragon 855 Plus, for example, was released about half a year after the launch of the Snapdragon 855.
Qualcomm also released the Snapdragon 821 in 2016, shortly after releasing the Snapdragon 820. However, we did not see improved versions of the Snapdragon 835 and 845.
So, we may or may not actually get the Snapdragon 865 Plus. However, if it truly comes, we expect it to feature only minor upgrades from the regular Snapdragon 865 chip. It may also lead to a price drop in the standard Snapdragon 865 processor, and this may just mean cheaper 5G phones.