The first set of Snapdragon 865 phones have just been announced and more will launch in the coming weeks. However, you may want to read this before you decide to purchase any of these new flagship smartphones.

A leaker has revealed Qualcomm will announce an improved version of the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform in the third quarter of the year and it will arrive as the Snapdragon 865 Plus (stylized as Snapdragon 865+).

The info comes from a Weibo post by Digital Chat Station. In the post, he said the Snapdragon 865 Plus is scheduled to be launched in the third quarter of the year. He also added that prototypes will be available in two months (April?).

Snapdragon 865 Plus

Last year, Qualcomm released two flagship processors – the Snapdragon 855 and the Snapdragon 855+. The Snapdragon 835 and Snapdragon 845 didn’t have a Plus variant but in 2016 there were two flagship processors too – the Snapdragon 820 and the Snapdragon 821.

The differences between the two chipsets can be narrowed down to a boost in performance as the CPU and GPU are clocked higher than the non-plus variant. We believe the Snapdragon 865 Plus will be no different but it will be a pleasant surprise to see the new processor have an integrated 5G modem.

When the Snapdragon 865 Plus launches, it should power the second batch of flagships from manufacturers such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo, Nubia, and Black Shark.