Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 version differences, more than one?

Is it possible that Qualcomm has different variants for the same chipset?

So far all of us know that there’s only one version of any Snapdragon chip by Qualcomm. The worst that’s possible is that there are two versions. One is the underclocked version which is used by many brands in order to avoid heating or because of some other constraints and one is the fully high clocked chipset. This was seen with last year’s Snapdragon 845 chipset as well. Many brands used underclocked Snapdragon 845 in order to keep heating etc. in control. But recently there has been news that there are multiple Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 versions as well.

According to some foreign publications, the Snapdragon 855 seems to have multiple intergenerational versions, including a v1, v2, v2.1 and v2.2 as well.

The above processor information mainly comes from the kernel source of ZTE Axon 10 Pro. In addition to the leak of ZTE, there are three Snapdragon 855 mobile phones (Pine is the codename for 10 Pro 5G, Poad is the codename of another device, Palm is unknown new product).

Among them, the Axon 10 Pro 4G version is equipped with the Snapdragon 855 v1, while the latter two 5G mobile phones are the Snapdragon 855 v2.

Although there is CPU/GPU kernel information for reference, it is difficult for ordinary users to extract any valid differential information.

qualcomm snapdragon 855 v1 vs v2

CPU info on the left for 855 v1 and on the right for 855 v2.

qualcomm snapdragon 855 version differences

GPU info on the left for 855 v1 and on the right for 855 v2.

In addition, Roland Quandt followed up and said that Qualcomm is testing the v2.1 version of the Snapdragon 855, and even the v2.2 version codenamed “Hana Pro.”

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Since the ZTE Axon 10 Pro 4G version of Snapdragon 855 scores up to 380000 on the Antutu benchmark, it can’t be said that v1 is an “underclocked version”. The difference between the first version and the new revision is that the 5G baseband is probably attached to the newer one.

For now, we should take all of this info with a pinch of salt as nothing is officially confirmed by Qualcomm as of yet. For 5G versions of the 855 Qualcomm had to resort to using external 5G baseband with the X50. Maybe there will be an internal design update soon enough to allow for internal 5G baseband.

Keep watching this space for more info related to the same!

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