Snapdragon 865 vs Google Tensor

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with Adreno 650 graphics) and Google Tensor (Mali-G78 MP20). 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 865
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Google
Pros of Google Tensor
  • Performs 77% better in floating-point computations
  • Supports 50% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~44%)
  • Announced 1-year and 11-months later
  • Shows better (up to 14%) AnTuTu 9 score – 745K vs 656K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
745105
CPU 182306 196221
GPU 221718 297786
Memory 106409 107096
UX 144212 143527
Total score 656006 745105

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
3479
Image compression 173.2 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 25.2 images/s -
Speech recognition 52.6 words/s -
Machine learning 55.8 images/s -
Camera shooting 29.5 images/s -
HTML 5 2.95 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 997.7 Krows/s -

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
6199
Stability 91% 54%
Graphics test 23 FPS 37 FPS
Score 3865 6199

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 61 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 30 FPS
[Ultra]
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World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Genshin Impact 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
1080 x 2340
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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 865 and Google Tensor

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.84 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 2.8 GHz – Cortex-X1
2x 2.25 GHz – Cortex A76
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 2800 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 128 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB 3 MB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 10.3 billion -
TDP 10 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Mali-G78 MP20
Architecture Adreno 600 Valhall
GPU frequency 587 MHz 848 MHz
Execution units 2 20
Shading units 512 320
FLOPS 1228 Gigaflops 2171 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 3200 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 51.2 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 698 Tensor Processing Unit
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP -
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
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 X55 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

Announced December 2019 October 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB S5E9845
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site Google Tensor official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
147 (28.1%)
377 (71.9%)
Total votes: 524

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Google Tensor and Snapdragon 865, or ask any questions
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Lexitius 21 October 2022 00:37
I cast my vote for the Snapdragon 865 because if you do a real-world test, it outperformed the Tensor when running Apps and video games in general.
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Tom petitt 06 February 2022 15:22
I don't think these numbers match up. I have a one plus 8t and it's super fast. I don't think a Google phone with an unproven chip could win in real-world comparison. Is tensor chip that good? It's made by Exynos. And everything is customized to work with snapdragon. Games, apps, everything!
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Robin 30 April 2022 15:42
I had a OnePlus 8t and now a pixel 6. The only benefits from pixel 6 are better photos and wireless charging. 8t is just better from all other aspects, especially being cooler and lighter. Pixel's Android 12 is still very buggy in April 2022.
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Sam 12 July 2022 00:16
Robin, Which one is the best in games, likes pubg???
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Subuser 17 July 2022 18:42
Sam, The Tensor is better but as for the phone, the Pixel 6 has many bugs that are still being reported even to this day.
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