Snapdragon 439 vs Snapdragon 425

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (Adreno 505) with the older 4-core Snapdragon 425 (Adreno 308) SoC. Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • Has a smaller size transistor (12 versus 28 nm)
  • Has 4 more cores
  • Performs 2x better in floating-point computations
  • Announced 2-years and 5-months later
  • Shows significantly better (up to 68%) AnTuTu 9 score – 101K vs 60K
  • 43% higher CPU clock speed (2000 vs 1400 MHz)
  • Supports 20% higher memory bandwidth (6.4 against 5.34 GB/s)
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Higher GPU frequency (~11%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
101557
CPU 32840 23455
GPU 14759 3087
Memory 25197 13786
UX 29625 20708
Total score 101557 60584

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 61.7 Mpixels/s 26.6 Mpixels/s
Face detection 8.22 images/s 3.52 images/s
Speech recognition 16.65 words/s 10.9 words/s
Machine learning 11.15 images/s 6.44 images/s
Camera shooting 5.39 images/s 2.3 images/s
HTML 5 0.85 Mnodes/s 0.48 Mnodes/s
SQLite 296.65 Krows/s 134.1 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 46 FPS
[Low]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 31 FPS
[Low]
-
Fortnite 21 FPS
[Low]
-
Shadowgun Legends 37 FPS
[Low]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 32 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 29 FPS
[Ultra]
-
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 439 and Snapdragon 425

CPU

Architecture 4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 1.45 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 1.4 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 8 4
Frequency 2000 MHz 1400 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 128 KB
Process 12 nanometers 28 nanometers
Transistor count 5.5 billion 1 billion
TDP 5 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 505 Adreno 308
Architecture Adreno 500 Adreno 300
GPU frequency 450 MHz 500 MHz
Execution units 1 2
Shading units 96 24
FLOPS 48 Gigaflops 24 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 11.2 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR3
Memory frequency 800 MHz 667 MHz
Bus 1x 32 Bit 2x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 6.4 Gbit/s 5.34 Gbit/s
Max size 5 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 536 Hexagon 536
Storage type eMMC 5.1 eMMC 5.1
Max display resolution 1920 x 1200 1280 x 800
Max camera resolution 1x 21MP, 2x 8MP 1x 16MP
Video capture 1K at 30FPS 1K at 30FPS
Video playback 1080p at 30FPS 1080p at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X6 X6
4G support LTE Cat. 4 LTE Cat. 5
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 75 Mbps Up to 75 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.1
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS

Info

Announced June 2018 February 2016
Class Low end Low end
Model number SDM439 MSM8917
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 official site

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