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| 15. June 2021

Snapdragon 895 SoC Supposedly Already Being Tested By Numerous Android OEMs

If you’re a fan of mobile gaming — and the most potent SoCs on the market — you’ll be happy to learn that numerous Android OEMs have already started experimenting with the Snapdragon 895. Well, everyone’s assuming that’s what it’ll be called upon release which, in all fairness, is in line with Qualcomm’s nomenclature. Whether that’ll actually end up being the case still remains to be seen, though.

So, why is this a big deal? The answer is quite simple: mobile gaming is all the rage these days, and it’s only going to get bigger and bigger. Games like Genshin Impact and League of Legends: Wild Rift have taken the world by storm (a world that was already dominated by Fortnite and PUBG Lite). Believe it or not, these titles are generating a lot more revenue than, say, regular old League of Legends. Let that sink in. And, of course, the grunt of it all comes straight from mobile gamers.

And, of course, having an even better SoC invariably translates over to performance. Higher efficiency results in highers clock speeds, lower temperatures, and faster integrated graphics, all of which plays a key part in delivering the most enjoyable gaming experience imaginable.

So, what’s so special about the Snapdragon 895?

Rumors Galore

First of all, the rumor mill is currently in full swing, so take these numbers and statements with a grain of salt. The 895 SoC will supposedly be released in just a couple of months — think Q4 2021. Moreover, Qualcomm has sent samples to several Android OEMs, all of which have ben referred to as “domestic” meaning it’s probably companies like Xiaomi, Lenovo, and OPPO.

The Snapdragon 895 will feature the new Kryo 790 CPU along with a “next-gen GPU” called Adreno 730. This pairing will supposedly result in much higher gains than those that were attained between SD865 and SD888. So, in other words, it’ll be obscenely powerful and, of course, will be housed only within the most premier of flagships.

We still don’t have any concrete performance numbers or benchmarks to go over at this point in time, but that’ll surely come our way over the coming weeks and months so stay tuned!

Is This Overkill?

Without a shadow of a doubt. In fact, we’ve reached the point of diminishing returns quite a while ago. You can, by all means, game comfortably with a SD845 and have a blast! SD865 is still a spectacular performer, and will get the job done for many more years to come. You really don’t need the best or most powerful phones to game these days. In fact, a fairly solid, mid-tier one will be more than sufficient.

Look at the Xiaomi Poco F3, for instance. It’s sporting a 120Hz AMOLED display with 6/8GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 870 with built-in 5G support. You can get all of that for a bit over €300, brand-new. We’re talking about a spectacular device in every which way, and a phone that’ll chew through any mobile game you might throw its way with ease.

Still, for those who are always on the lookout for the cutting-edge, the Snapdragon 895 will surely be of interest!