Realme will soon launch their latest smartphone, the X2 Pro realm. This smartphone will be equipped with Qualcomm’s strongest processor at the moment, namely Snapdragon (SD) 855 Plus.
What exactly distinguishes the standard version of Snapdragon from Snapdragon with the appendage of Plus? Apparently, there are significant differences between the two series.
But before explaining in detail the differences between the two Qualcomm flagship processors, I will discuss a little history of the presence of the processor with the frill Plus.
Qualcomm first launched a processor with frill Plus in 2012 ago. They embed these frills on Snapdragon S4 Plus. This processor is a dual-core mid-range processor with a Krait core with a maximum speed of 1.5 GHz.
There are two more categories of Snapdragon S4 processors, namely S4 Play and S4 Pro. These three CPUs are the forerunners of the 600, 700 and 800 series Snapdragon.
Whereas in the modern Snapdragon processor line, the frills plus was first introduced by Qualcomm on SD 855. They introduced the SD 855 Plus a few months after officially launching the SD 855 in December 2018.
The most striking difference is the clock speed of SD 855 Plus. This is strange because both processors have the same chipset configuration, namely 1 Kryo 485 Gold (A76-based), 3 Kryo 485 Gold (A76-based), and 4 Kryo 485 Silver (A55-based).
The chipset speed configuration of SD 855 is 1.8GHz for Kryo 485 Silver, 2.42 GHz for 3 Kryo 485 Gold processors, and 2.84 GHz for one Kryo 485 Gold, which is the core performance chipset.
What is different is the configuration of the chipset speed in their processor performance. SD 855 Plus has a clock speed of 1.8GHz for Kryo 485 Silver, 2.42 GHz for 3 Kryo 485 Gold processors, and up to 2.96 GHz for one Kryo 485 Gold.
The power of the two GPU processors is arguably quite different. SD 855 uses the Adreno 640 GPU at 585 MHz. While the SD 855 Plus uses the more powerful Adreno 640 GPU at 672 MHz.
If measured as a percentage, the increase in the ability of SD 855 Plus compared to SD 855 reaches 4.2 percent. Whereas GPUs have a 15 percent difference in ability.
We have also conducted several synthetic benchmark tests using both processors. We use Asus ZenFone 6 to represent SD 855 and Black Shark 2 Pro to represent SD 855 Plus. And here are the differences in performance of the two processors.
As you can see, there are significant differences in benchmark results between the two processors. SD 855 Plus can almost beat SD 855 on all benchmarks.
The unique part of the two Qualcomm flagship processors is the overclocking capability. Currently not only desktop processors can be overclocked. However, for the time being only Black Shark 2 only allows users to overclock SD 855 through a feature called Ludicrous Mode. This feature is also found in the Black Shark 2 Pro, which uses an SD 855 Plus processor.
On the other hand, Asus also provides an SD 855 Plus processor overclock feature on the ROG Phone 2 device. Through the ROG Armory Crate application, users can withdraw all the capabilities available from the processor.
But keep in mind, both Black Shark and Asus warn their users to use cooling fan accessories when overclocking. This is natural, because after playing PUBG in the standard state for several hours, the screen of the device is almost untouchable due to excessive heat.
As for the X2 Pro realm, where this smartphone isn’t a gaming smartphone that comes without extra cooling accessories, it seems that the feature will be removed. This is because most likely, the realm of wanting their device can be used for a long time by its users.