While the Snapdragon 855 is roughly half a year old, Qualcomm thought of introducing a beefed-up version in the form of the Snapdragon 855+. As the name implies, the Snapdragon 855+ is basically a Snapdragon 855 with higher CPU and GPU clock speeds. For the CPU side, the Kryo 485 CPU core has a 2.96Ghz clock speed, which is a 4% increase. As for the GPU, the Snapdragon 855+’s Adreno 640 delivers 15% higher performance compared to the Snapdragon 855’s Adreno 640.
Save for the overclocked CPU and GPU, everything remains the same, including the need for a separate X50 modem for 5G support.
Qualcomm said that the Snapdragon 855+ will be available commercially by the second half of 2019. The ASUS ROG Phone 2, which is set to launch on July 23, is confirmed to be the first phone to use the Snapdragon 855+.