This years mobile CPU du jour is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 but that could change sooner than expected.

Not that Qualcomm has anything to worry about mind you as it has simply refreshed that system on chip (SOC) and dubbed it the Snapdragon 855+.

Following the introduction of a Prime core in the original 855 which features one bumped up core rather than the usual four in an octacore SOC, the 855+ reintroduces the architecture.

The 855+ is still a 7nm process and boasts eight cores, but its slightly faster overall.

This time around the core clock speed for this Prime core has been bumped up to 2.95GHz, up from the 2.84GHz in the 855.

The GPU, an Adreno 640, is said to 15 percent faster than the standard 855. While the GPU is the same as the 855 SOC, it has been clocked slightly higher to increase performance.

What Qualcomm appears to be pushing is how good this SOC is for gaming but it’s important to note that the 855+ is WiFi 6 ready, supports 5G and boasts Qualcomm’s own aptX audio technology.

It’s a marginal bump in performance if we’re honest but the chip might find its way into smartphones sooner than you think.

A report from Ars Technica reveals that ASUS will pack the chip into its ROG Phone 2 which launches later this month.

While we don’t suspect we will see than handset locally we will be seeing the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 which may feature the Snapdragon 855+.

As for massive improvements to performance, we’re likely going to have to wait until later in the year or possibly even early 2020 for some truly mind boggling numbers.