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Last year the Asus ROG Phone differentiated itself from the other gaming phones on the market with its binned Snapdragon 845 chipset with higher 2.96GHz clocks than the standard 2.8GHz.

This year things are different, Qualcomm has announced a specific Snapdragon 855+ chipset and multiple manufactures are on board to use it.

The Plus model is based on the same hardware as the Snapdragon 855 chipset. This means one “prime” core running at 2.96GHz (up from 2.84GHz), three other big cores (the A76-based Kryo 485 Gold) at 2.42GHz and then the four small cores.

The boost to the single high-performance core represents a 4.2% increase while the GPU has been improved by a more impressive 15%.

It is no surprise that the Asus ROG Phone 2 will be the first phone to feature the chipset, but now the Nubia Red Magic 3 has been confirmed there will be a special edition that uses the new high-performance SoC.

Furthermore, RealMe have indicated that they will also be teaming up with Qualcomm to launch a phone with the Snapdragon 855+, but at the moment there is no information on that phone.

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New leaks show some of the performance that has been achieved with the ROG Phone 2. Benchmarked as the “asus ASUS_I001DC”, the ROG Phone 2 runs Android 9 Pie. It also has 12GB of RAM, though we expect there will be another RAM variant.

For the single-core test, the device scored 3616 points and scored 11,103 points in the multi-core test. This is just a bit higher than the average score of Snapdragon 855-powered phones.

This isn’t a large improvement, but Geekbench is CPU focussed, and the single-core has only been boosted by about 4%, and the Geekbench indicates around a 3% improvement. As expected there is less of a difference between the typical SD855 and SD855+ multi-core score.

The main differences will come from the GPU tests, and the moment there are no leaked benchmarks for this, so we will just have to wait and see.

Snapdragon 855Snapdragon 855+Exynos 9810HiSilicon Kirin 980Exynos 9820
Process7nm (N7)7nm (N7)2nd Gen 10nm FinFET7nm8 nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET
CPU CoresOcta-Core, 64-bitOcta-Core, 64-bitOcta-Core, 64-bitOcta-Core, 64-bitOcta-Core, 64-bit
CPU1x Kryo 485 Gold (A76)
@ 2.84GHz 1x512KB

3x Kryo 485 Gold (A76)
@ 2.42GHz 3x256KB

4x Kryo 485 Silver (A55)
@ 1.80GHz 4x128KB
1x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative)
@ 2.96GHz 1x512KB pL2

3x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative)
@ 2.42GHz 3x256KB pL2

4x Kryo 485 Silver (A55 derivative)
@ 1.80GHz 4x128KB pL2

2MB sL3
4 x 2.9GHz Exynos M3 + 4 x 1.9GHz Cortex-A552x Cortex-A76 @ 2.6GHz
2x Cortex-A76 @ 1.92GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
(4MB shared L3 cache)
2x Custom CPU
2x Cortex-A75
4x Cortex-A55
GPUAdreno 640 @ 585MHzAdreno 640 @ ~672MHzARM Mali-G72 MP18Mali-G76 MP10ARM Mali G76 MP12
NPUYes (Hexagon 690 DSP)Yes (Hexagon 690 DSP)NoDual NPUYes
RAM4x 16-bit CH @ 2133 MHz
4x 16-bit CH @ 2133MHz

3MB system level cache
ISPDual 14-bit Spectra 380 ISP
1x 48MP or 2x 22 MP
Dual 14-bit Spectra 380 ISP
1x 48MP or 2x 22MP
Dual ISPDual ISPDual ISP
Video Playback & Codecs2160p60 10-bit H.265
HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
2160p60 10-bit H.265
HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
MFC, Up to 4K @ 120FPS; 10-bit HEVC (H.265), H.264, VP94K @ 30fps - capture
4K @ 60fps playback
2160p60 HEVC & H.264 Decode
2160p30 Encode
ModemSnapdragon X24 LTE
(Category 20)
DL = 2000Mbps
7x20MHz CA, 256-QAM, 4x4
UL = 316Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
Support for WiFi 6 standard (802.11ax) as well as the new 60GHz “Wi-Gig” 802.11ay, enabled by an external WiFi combo chipset.LTE Cat. 18 6CA 1.2Gbps Download; LTE Cat. 18 2CA 200 Mbps UploadLTE Cat 21
1.4Gbps down / 200Mbps up
LTE-A Cat.20 8CA (2Gbps download)
Cat.20 3CA (316Mbps upload)
Wi-FiSupport for WiFi 6 standard (802.11ax) as well as the new 60GHz “Wi-Gig” 802.11ay, enabled by an external WiFi combo chipset.Wi-Fi ad, Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MU-MIMODual-Band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MU-MIMOHi1103 WiFi chip supports 1732Mbps with Wi-Fi and, Multi-gigabit Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MU-MIMOWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
ChargingQuick Charge 4+ (USB PD Compatible)Quick Charge 4+ (USB PD Compatible)Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge, Fast Wireless Charging (Qi & PMA)SuperCharge 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast chargingSamsung Adaptive Fast Charge, Fast Wireless Charging (Qi & PMA)

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