Qualcomm launched Snapdragon 870 5G | An upgraded version of Snapdragon 865+

Qualcomm launched Snapdragon 870 5G | An upgraded version of Snapdragon 865+

Qualcomm, today announced this ARM’s Cortex-A77 based Snapdragon 870 5G chipset. This Qualcomm chipset will power the 2021 upper mid-range smartphones because the top of the line chipset by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is already announced last year.

Specs of Snapdragon 870 5G

  • CPU: Kryo 585 octa-core processor clocked at 3.3GHz
  • Process: 7nm
  • GPU: Adreno 650; OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.1, Open CL 2.0
  • Modem: Snapdragon X55 5G with support for sub-6GHz and mmWave
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11ax-ready (Wi-Fi 6), 802.11ac Wave 2; 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.2
  • Qualcomm FastConnect: Qualcomm FastConnect 6800
  • QuickCharge: 4+
  • Location: Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC capable, and SBAS

Features of this ( Upper Mid-Range chipset )

Snapdragon 870 5G Connectivity

Qualcomm launched Snapdragon 870 5G | An upgraded version of Snapdragon 865+
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The modem used in Snapdragon 870 5G is the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System to support mmWave and Sub-6 GHz 5G. The modem supports Standalone & non-standalone modes. This modem will allow one to stream desktop-quality content right on your mobile device, upload or download in a flash, and communicate with friends (near or far) in real-time.

Downlink7.5Gbps ( Max )800Mbps ( Max )
Uplink3Gbps ( Max )210Mbps ( Max )


The Snapdragon 870 5G SoC is based on the 7nm process. It is the same Snapdragon 865+ chip by Qualcomm which is maxed out up to 3.2GHz. This chip is based on the Kryo 585 CPU which has 1x Cortex-A77 @ 3.2 GHz, 3x Cortex-A77 cores & 4x Cortex-A55 cores. The Adreno 650 GPU supports a display driver up to 144Hz @ 1080p or 60Hz @ 4K and gives you long-lasting speed, faster graphics rendering, etc. Snapdragon 870 5G is Wi-Fi 6 ready and supports Bluetooth 5.2, talking about charging technology it supports Quick Charge 4+ technology. The only thing Snapdragon 870 5G lacks is the FastConnect 6900 connectivity suite which already seen in the 865 Plus.


Qualcomm launched Snapdragon 870 5G | An upgraded version of Snapdragon 865+

The cameras having this chipset will support 4K video capture @ 120 FPS, and 8K video capture @ 30 FPS. One can capture Slow-motion videos up to 960 FPS @ 720p.


This chipset can allow displays that are 4K @ 60Hz and also QHD+ @ 144Hz. The displays will support HDR10+ & HDR10. In terms of Audio output, Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec makes content more immersive with rich, clear audio.

Phones that will come up with Snapdragon 870 5G ( Upper-midrange 5G chip )

Vice President, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, Kedar Kondap said “Building upon the success of Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus, the new Snapdragon 870 was designed to address OEM and mobile industry requirements,” added “Snapdragon 870 will power a selection of flagship devices from key customers including Motorola, iQOO, OnePlus, OPPO, and Xiaomi,” he added.

OnePlus: “By working closely with the world’s leading technology innovators like Qualcomm Technologies, we have been continuously building superior products and bringing premium mobile experiences to global users,” said Kinder Liu, chief operating officer and head of R&D, OnePlus. “The flagship performance and exceptional 5G connectivity provided by the Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile Platform coupled with OnePlus’ unique innovative technologies and optimization, we look forward to delivering lightning-fast 5G speeds and ultra-smooth mobile experiences to more users,” he added.

Xiaomi: vice president of Mi Smartphone and general manager of hardware R&D, Xiaomi, Lei Zhang, said “Over the past years, Xiaomi’s flagship smartphones that have been powered by Snapdragon 8- series mobile platforms have impressed global consumers with their premium performance and excellent experiences,” he added “For next decade, we will continue to work closely with Qualcomm Technologies to bring the most advanced mobile experiences to Mi Fans. Benefitting from the powerful performance of the new Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile Platform, we will continue to build high-end flagship devices and bring more surprises to global consumers regarding 5G, camera, AI, and more,”

Detailed information on Qualcomm’s website.


It is just an upgrade from 865+ and one can say this chip as a lite version of Snapdragon 888. Hope modern smartphone manufacturers will use this upgrade as a plus point. Thanks for Reading.

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