Snapdragon 865 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with Adreno 650 graphics) and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Adreno 730). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.


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 8 Gen 1
  • Performs 2.1x better in floating-point computations
  • Has a smaller size transistor (4 versus 7 nm)
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 865
  • Shows significantly better (up to 46%) AnTuTu 9 score – 957K vs 657K
  • Higher GPU frequency (~39%)
  • Announced 2-years later
  • Supports 16% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 44 GB/s)
  • 6% higher CPU clock speed (3000 vs 2840 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture


Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU 185438 220258
GPU 217870 414217
Memory 117733 165835
UX 136946 165209
Total score 657469 957326

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 173.2 Mpixels/s 192.4 Mpixels/s
Face detection 25.2 images/s 36 images/s
Speech recognition 52.6 words/s 81.2 words/s
Machine learning 55.8 images/s 83.7 images/s
Camera shooting 29.5 images/s 38.7 images/s
HTML 5 2.95 Mnodes/s 4.24 Mnodes/s
SQLite 997.7 Krows/s 1140 Krows/s


A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 91% 60%
Graphics test 23 FPS 52 FPS
Score 3874 8800


Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 60 FPS
88 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile 61 FPS
60 FPS
Fortnite 30 FPS
42 FPS
Shadowgun Legends - 89 FPS
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
114 FPS
Genshin Impact 60 FPS
40 FPS
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
Device Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
1080 x 2340
Xiaomi Poco F4 GT
1080 x 2400
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.


Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1


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)
1x 3 GHz – Cortex-X2
3x 2.5 GHz – Cortex-A710
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A510
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 3000 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv9-A
L1 cache 512 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L3 cache 4 MB 6 MB
Process 7 nanometers 4 nanometers
Transistor count 10.3 billion -
TDP 5 W 5.3 W


GPU name Adreno 650 Adreno 730
Architecture Adreno 600 Adreno 700
GPU frequency 587 MHz 818 MHz
Execution units 2 3
Shading units 512 768
FLOPS 1202 Gigaflops 2513 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12


Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 3200 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s 51.2 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 24 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 698 Hexagon
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 1x 200MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV


Modem X55 Snapdragon X65
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 7500 Mbps Up to 10000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 3000 Mbps Up to 3670 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.3
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC


Announced December 2019 December 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB SM8450
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 official site

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Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 865, or ask any questions
Meerkat Attack 20 November 2022 20:00
Just upgraded (finally!) from an S10 (SD855) to an S20 (SD865) and did notice a difference in APPs like Google Maps. However, I also have a Tab S8+ with an SD8G1, and although the benchmarks and specs lead us to believe my TabS8+ should blow the S20 out of the water, I personally haven't noticed a difference. Although the SD865 is a few generations behind, and 40 to 60% slower depending on the benchmark, unless I'm playing a game there is really no real-world difference in speed that I've noticed. Benchmark numbers aside, we've hit a performance plateau in how would we use our phones day to day, and that is the main reason why it took so long to upgrade from my S10. It will probably be another 5 years before I upgrade from my s20.
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Brandon 03 June 2022 03:23
I have the s20 ultra with 12 g ram. I just ordered an s22 ultra I got the 128gb because I do not use a lot of memory on the phone. I didn't realize when ordering that 128 gb s22 only has 8 gb of ram. With the better processor and dropping to 8 gb of ram will I notice a difference or will the better processor make up for it. Should I return the 128gb s22 and get the 256 with the 12 gb of ram?
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Zaki 15 July 2022 17:12
Sure the 8 Gen 1 processor is newer with more features and power, but that doesn't add much to the RAM experience...imagine your RAM is like a drown for open apps, the more RAM you have the bigger the draw (you can have more apps open in the background). I think 8GB of RAM should be fine from my own experience. It keeps a lot of apps open in the background and I don't think you will ever really utilize the 4GB of RAM difference unless you are such a heavy user that you want to keep like 10 apps open in the background at all times. So overall I would say that 8GB is a good amount and I wouldn't think you will notice the difference.
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Phil G 23 March 2022 20:46
Lol "prefer 865 over Gen 1" ????? Are you kidding me? Gen 1 blows it out of the water. Temp is a nonissue, especially with new cooling tech S22 ultra uses. And look at the benchmarks again....battery life is BETTER on Gen 1. Enjoy your outdated phone. Lol
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Wews 07 July 2022 09:09
ofc s22u have better battery life bcos of LTPO 2.0 panel. If it doesn't have LTPO then it will have worse battery life than s20u. And sd 865 runs cooler in daily tasks. If those power-hungry Cortex X series didn't exist then we will have no heating issues.
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Qualcomm thick boy 21 July 2022 22:13
Sorry to disappoint you Qualcomm enthusiast, but the snapdragon 8 Gen 1 failed to control all that power due to a bad manufacturing process from Samsung foundry instead of TSMC.. 😫😫 in other words, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was the hottest boy in town
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Phil G Destroyer 16 October 2022 21:59
Uh, actually no the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 runs hotter and consumes substantially more power than the Snapdragon 865.
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eFeMeR 01 January 2022 15:15
The 8 Gen is a boiler In the long run, warming leads to failure.
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donut 21 February 2022 17:04
can you elaborate please?
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Surge 25 February 2022 17:54
donut, Overheating issues is what Efemer is referring to.
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Goofy365-1 02 March 2022 11:40
I agree, they need to work on a better cooling solution, however, the smaller nm (4nm) does help a little bit, I'd prefer the SD865 (7nm) over the SD8 gen 1 and even the SD888(+) due to the power conservation and better cooling. I really don't like the idea of fans in phones which happen in some cases, (ROG phones) that'll cost more battery and is prone to breakage in the long run. Also having a lower resolution really helps the performance. With my current setup (A SD865 OnePlus 8T with LineageOS and no GSF on it, and exclusively light FOSS apps) I have a screen-on time (without in-between charging) of about 11-12 hours at roughly 80%-85% AMOLED brightness.
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