Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 855 Plus, Will Power Upcoming ASUS ROG Phone II

Most of the Android flagship phones that have launched this year are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 mobile chipset. The US-based chip maker has now unveiled Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform that offers better CPU and GPU performance than the SD855 chipset. The Republic of Gamers (ROG) gaming wing of ASUS has confirmed through a press release that the upcoming ROG Phone II will be the first ever smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset.

Qualcomm describes the Snapdragon 855 Plus as the best mobile gaming processor for gaming smartphones. Its Adreno 640 GPU offers 15 percent better performance than the same GPU that is found inside the Snapdragon 855. The Plus edition can reach clock speeds of up to 2.96GHz, whereas the SD855 can reach a peak of up to 2.84GHz. It continues to feature the X24 LTE modem that comes with the non-Plus version. For 5G connectivity, the SD855 Plus can work with X50 external modem. The other specs of the newly unveiled Plus model are same as its regular variant.

Snapdragon 855 Plus

It is very likely that some of the Android flagship phones arriving in the second half of the year will be equipped with Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile platform. However, ASUS claim that the first phone to feature it will be the ROG Phone II gaming smartphone. The Taiwanese company had also collaborated with Qualcomm last year to launch the original ROG Phone with a specially binned version of SD845 chipset that delivered higher clocking speeds.

The ROG Phone II is slated to go official on July 23rd. Very few details of the smartphone have appeared so far. The leaked images of the phone that surfaced now has revealed that its display does not feature any sort of notch. Like the previous model, the ROG Phone II appears to feature regular bezels around the display. Recent reports have revealed that the smartphone will be equipped with a display that offers a 120Hz refresh rate. Hence, the smartphone will offer fluid viewing experience while playing high-end games.

ASUS ROG Phone II leaked image

The front image of the phone also shows that it features dual front-firing speakers. Users will be able to connect the smartphone to a larger screen for better gaming experience. However, it won’t allow users to manually adjust the refresh rate since it will rely on the frequency of the external display. Rumors surrounding the smartphone have claimed that it could be arriving with up 12GB of RAM, 512GB of native storage, Android 9 Pie with the company’s custom UI and a 5,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging technology. ASUS has teamed with Tencent Games for delivering optimised gaming performance on the ROG Phone II. Tencent Games is well known for its titles like Game for Peace (formerly called PUBG in China), Arena of Valor and Call of Duty.

Anvinraj Valiyathara

Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.