US fabless chipmaker Qualcomm did spring up a surprise last year when it released the Snapdragon 855+ chipset with some upgrade in performance over the Snapdragon 855. There are speculations that we may see a repeat of that this year with a Snapdragon 865+ chipset touted to hit in the second half of the year. That may likely not happen as an industry insider has quashed such expectations.
Meizu’s CMO Wan Zhigiang in a comment on Weibo today stated categorically that there is no Snapdragon 865 Plus this year. Chinese blogger Digital Chat Station was the first to reveal on Weibo that the Snapdragon 865+ should be expected in the third quarter of the year. However, we consider the Meizu official as a more credible source.
The models which launched wit the upgraded Snapdragon 855+ chipset include the Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G, Black Shark 2 Pro, OnePlus 7T, Meizu 16S Pro, Asus ROG Gaming Phone 2, Redmi K20 Pro, OnePlus 7T Pro, Nubia Red Magic 3S, iQOO Pro 5G, Vivo Nex3 5G, OPPO Ace and several others. Most of the models have already gotten upgraded versions powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC. Only a few left like the OnePlus 8T which is expected later this year as an upgrade of the OP7T. We expect OnePlus to utilise the Snapdragon 865 if indeed there won’t an SD 865+. Recall that the OnePlus 6T feature the same Snapdragon 845 chipset that was on the OnePlus 6.
However, we can’t be so certain about this information until Qualcomm official confirms it.