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A new leak purports to set a rough launch date for the Snapdragon 865 Plus already

The idea of an updated Snapdragon 865 is already being bandied about. (Source: Qualcomm)
The idea of an updated Snapdragon 865 is already being bandied about. (Source: Qualcomm)
As the latest Qualcomm flagship processor, the Snapdragon 865 may be expected to gain a Plus variant (or 865+) later this year, in accordance with very recent tradition. A Weibo tipster now asserts that this will occur some time in the third quarter of 2020. This new version may power late-year versions of phones such as the OnePlus 8 and Nubia Red Magic 5G.
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Qualcomm's new premium kingpin, the Snapdragon 865 SoC, has barely settled into life as the flagship silicon of choice for Android phones in 2020. In fact, it only has a small handful of actual real-world manifestations as yet, which comprise the freshly-launched Xiaomi Mi 10 and Samsung Galaxy S20 series. However, that has not stopped the increasingly reliable leaker Digital Chat Station bringing up the possibility of its immediate successor on Weibo.

This refreshed SoC - most likely to be known as the 865+ - is now projected for a third-quarter (or 3Q2020) launch. The tipster also claims that steps in its fabrication process will start as soon as April of this year. Then again, this rumor does not include any details as to how the Plus variant may differ from the existing chipset.

In addition, one might wonder if the leaker has taken the current crisis that is the novel coronavirus outbreak into account in making their new prediction. This increasingly serious epidemic has already affected the ability of potential S20 and Mi 10 competitors such as the Realme X50 Pro and ZTE Axon 10s Pro to make the world's stage.

Furthermore, similar delays at industrial and commercial levels could delay Snapdragon 865+ powered phones. Going by the pattern laid down in 2019, they may include interesting devices such as the OnePlus 8T/8T Pro, the Black Shark 3 refresh, the updated Nubia Red Magic 5G and perhaps even a third-gen Asus ROG Phone.

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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-16 (Update: 2020-02-16)