Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

ASUS ROG Phone II Will Use Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform

ASUS ROG Phone II Will Use Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform

Qualcomm has just announced its new Snapdragon 855 Plus, a mid-year refresh of its now previous flagship Snapdragon 855.

Qualcomm said commercial devices based on Snapdragon 855 Plus are expected to launch in the second half of the year. The only changes we are seeing are the increases in clock speed for the "Prime" CPU core and the increased performance from the GPU as well.

The major visible difference comes from the increase in the clocking speed from 2.84 GHz to 2.96 GHz, a marginal bump, you may feel. For 5G support, the built-in X24 LTE modem has to be swapped with the Qualcomm X50 5G modem that supports both 5G standards (5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz).

While there is no confirmation, there is a possibility that Realme could put the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset in the 64MP quad-camera phone. This post (spotted by Mydrivers) suggests that Realme might launch a phone with Snapdragon 855 Plus in the future.

Qualcomm announced today a refresh for its Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, something the company has been known to do for its flagship mobile processors once in a few generations.

Asus said in its announcement that "with this high-performance foundation complementing a raft of exciting new features and enhancements, ROG Phone II is once again poised to take the world of mobile gaming by storm", but otherwise the company didn't reveal anything Qualcomm hadn't. The phone also has touch-sensitive buttons on the side, DTS X Ultra audio, a 3.5mm jack, and packs a massive 5000mAh battery with support for 27W fast charging and USB PD.

The Snapdragon Elite Gaming Experience with a full suite of hardware and software features that are fully optimized for gaming, including the Vulkan 1.1 Graphics Driver that is 20 percent more power efficient than Open GL ES.

More manufacturers, such as Asus and Razer, but also Xiaomi with its Black Shark 2, are developing smartphones targeted at the most demanding gamers, transforming smartphones into truly portable gaming consoles. Madhav has also mentioned in the sample photo Tweet, which he shared that the device they are working on would be a new premium killer.

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