Together with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the flagship processor, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 870, which is an overcooked Snapdragon 865 Plus. Qualcomm’s trick was to resell the same Snapdragon 865 Plus chip from the last generation for the new smartphones. To some extent, it did work, as many companies opted for this chip due to its price difference compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip. Much like that, Qualcomm has now launched the Snapdragon 860 chip with the launch of the Poco X3 Pro. The Poco X3 Pro is the first phone with the Snapdragon 860 chip. Some people claim the Snapdragon 860 is the same Snapdragon 855 plus we saw on older phones. Is it really true? Let’s compare the Snapdragon 855, Snapdragon 855+, and Snapdragon 860 to see the difference in more detail.
Snapdragon 860 vs Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 855+
The Snapdragon 860 is Qualcomm’s way of launching the same old chip back to the market by changing the name. The rest of the chip details are almost similar.
All three processors are built on a TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process. It is the same process that was used in the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+ as well.
The CPU architecture of all three processors is quite similar. All of them are octa-core processors with a 1+3+4 architecture. We have a prime core(Kryo 485) core clocked at 2.96 GHz for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and Snapdragon 860. The same core is clocked at 2.84 GHz in the Snapdragon 855. The rest of the CPU details are the same for all three processors.
We have the Adreno 640 as the GPU for all three processors. The frequency of the GPU for the Snapdragon 855 chip is 600 MHz, while for the Snapdragon 855+ and Snapdragon 860, it is 800 MHz.
All three of these processors are 5G Ready processors. But it depends on the manufacturer whether they use a 5G modem or a 4G Modem. The Snapdragon 855+ is extremely similar to the Snapdragon 860 processor as it has almost an identical architecture. What differentiates the Snapdragon 860 from the Snapdragon 855 is the support for 16 GB of RAM and several new camera features such as ultra-wide lens night mode, selfie night mode, and dual video.
In conclusion, one can say that Qualcomm has released a two-year-old flagship processor targeting the mid-range segment of smartphones. This might work as the Snapdragon 855 Plus is a true flagship processor but from an older timeline.