Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus will likely be announced soon
Last year, Qualcomm announced an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855 with faster graphics and the same will likely happen this year. The mid-cycle refresh was expected to arrive in Q3 and apparently, the plan hasn't changed as leaker Ice Universe (via Android Authority) claims that the Snapdragon 865 Plus will be announced in July.
Earlier there was some confusion as to whether the Snapdragon 865 Plus would be happening after a report originating from China claimed it would not be arriving, citing Meizu’s Chief Marketing Officer. The claim was soon challenged by tech blogger Digital Chat Station.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will probably be the first phone to be underpinned by the Snapdragon 865 Plus
A few days back, Ice Universe alleged that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus and now, they are back with a launch date.
Other phones that will supposedly have the new chip under the hood include the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, OnePlus 8T, and ASUS ROG Phone III.
Tech specs of the Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC are not known yet, but it will probably not be a huge upgrade over the Snapdragon 865. Changes would seemingly include marginally improved CPU performance, faster graphics rendering, and gaming-optimization.
Thus, if you already own a handset fueled by the Snapdragon 865, it might be a better idea to wait until Snapdragon 875-powered phones come out. The new chip will be based on the 5nm process, which will make it faster and more energy-efficient than the 7nm Snapdragon 865. In addition to that, it will reportedly come with the new X60 5G baseband, which will be embedded within the silicon. The new modem will offer faster speeds than the current Snapdragon X55 modem and its integration with the SoC might also drive down the cost of 2021 Android flagships.