Qualcomm SD870 5G for 2021 flagships

We all expected the next Qualcomm flagship processor to be the 5nm SD888. Qualcomm has slipped in a beefed-up version of the SD865+ – the Qualcomm SD870 5G and its likely to be in most near future flagships.

The Qualcomm SD870 5G (website here) is not a new design. It is a 7nm SD855+ SoC with the A77 core increased from 3.1Ghz to 3.2Ghz. As far as we can tell, the specs are otherwise identical.

Qualcomm SD870 5G
SoCSD888SD 870SD 865+
CPU1x Cortex-X1@2.84 GHz1xCortex-A77@3.2GHz1x Cortex-A77@ 3.1GHz
3x Cortex-A78@2.42 GHz3x Cortex-A77@2.42GHzsame
4x Cortex-A55@1.8 GHz4x Cortex-A55@1.80GHzsame
GPUQualcomm Adreno 660Adreno 650same
AI6th gen
Hexagon 780
5th Gen
Hexagon 698
Memory3200MHz LPDDR5
3MB system level cache
2750MHz LPDDR5
3MB system level cache
 6900 (Wi-Fi 6E)
BT 5.2
6800 (Wi-Fi 6)
BT 5.2
6900 (Wi-Fi 6E)
BT 5.2
ISP/Camera3x 14-bit Spectra 580 ISP
1x 200MP or 84MP with ZSL
64+25MP with ZSL
3x 28MP with ZSL
4K video & 64MP burst capture
2×14-bit Spectra 480 ISP
1x 200MP or 64MP with ZSL
2x 25MP with ZSL
ModemX60 integrated
(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 7500 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps
X55 external
5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 7000 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps

Motorola Edge S, OnePlus, OPPO, iQOO, vivo and Xiaomi will use the SD870 from Q1, 2021, and have already committed to launching SD 888 smartphones.

The SD870 5G may enable some chip price reductions as it is a refresh that extends the life of the SD865+.

You can read other Qualcomm news here