Snapdragon 860 vs Dimensity 900

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 (with Adreno 640 graphics) and MediaTek Dimensity 900 (Mali-G68 MC4). 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 860
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Dimensity
  • Supports 85% higher memory bandwidth (34.13 against 18.4 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 30%) AnTuTu 9 score – 552K vs 426K
  • 23% higher CPU clock speed (2960 vs 2400 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of MediaTek Dimensity 900
  • Announced 2-years and 2-months later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~33%)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (6 versus 7 nm)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
552214
426085
CPU 138608 115686
GPU 201905 119156
Memory 90665 80995
UX 118540 106823
Total score 552214 426085

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
2600
Image compression 142.85 Mpixels/s 124.75 Mpixels/s
Face detection 20.3 images/s 19.6 images/s
Speech recognition 44.55 words/s 37.75 words/s
Machine learning 46.35 images/s 33.35 images/s
Camera shooting 22.85 images/s 19.25 images/s
HTML 5 1.65 Mnodes/s 2.28 Mnodes/s
SQLite 777.9 Krows/s 650.5 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Call of Duty: Mobile 54 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Fortnite 26 FPS
[Low]
-
Shadowgun Legends 56 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 98 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 56 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Device Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro
1080 x 2400
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We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 860 and Dimensity 900

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.96 GHz – Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Prime)
3x 2.42 GHz – Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Gold)
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55 (Kryo 485 Silver)
2x 2.4 GHz – Cortex-A78
6x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2960 MHz 2400 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.1-A ARMv8-A
L3 cache 2 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 6 nanometers
Transistor count - 10 billion
TDP 10 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 640 Mali-G68 MC4
Architecture Adreno 600 Valhall 2
GPU frequency 675 MHz 900 MHz
Execution units 2 4
Shading units 384 48
FLOPS 1037 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 3200 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.13 Gbit/s 18.4 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 690 Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 UFS 2.1, UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2520 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 2x 22MP 1x 108MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 120FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X24 LTE, X50 5G -
4G support LTE Cat. 20 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2000 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 211 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NAVIC

Info

Announced April 2019 May 2021
Class Flagship Mid range
Model number SM8150-AC MT6877
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 official site MediaTek Dimensity 900 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
313 (60.7%)
203 (39.3%)
Total votes: 516

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Dimensity 900 and Snapdragon 860, or ask any questions
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900 30 September 2021 17:09
900 because it uses cortex a78 core and 860 uses a76 . Definitely a78 >>> a76
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Luis 23 August 2021 17:53
I do not think that the difference in the total use is perceived from day to day, but when you change to game mode here the 860 is still higher, and that is why my vote goes to the 860 I think that the optimization makes it a better chip despite its disadvantages due to the passage of time
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Scronx 13 July 2021 20:06
I feel like the 900 is better due to 5g and fast disk speed. The overall best user experience will be in 900. If u are a gamer go for 860
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No chance 27 September 2021 19:20
The 860 has almost double memory bandwidth. It's not even close. The 860 is better in everything except wireless and efficiency.
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