Snapdragon 865 vs Snapdragon 855

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (with Adreno 650 graphics) and Snapdragon 855 (Adreno 640). 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
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 855
  • Performs 37% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 25%) AnTuTu 9 score – 645K vs 515K
  • Announced 1-year later
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
645169
CPU 179581 140558
GPU 217033 183147
Memory 117282 87772
UX 135531 105950
Total score 645169 515998

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 164.1 Mpixels/s 143.55 Mpixels/s
Face detection 26.1 images/s 23.7 images/s
Speech recognition 49.6 words/s 44.8 words/s
Machine learning 50 images/s 45.65 images/s
Camera shooting 29.5 images/s 24.2 images/s
HTML 5 3.25 Mnodes/s 2.93 Mnodes/s
SQLite 880 Krows/s 783.05 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 99% 94%
Graphics test 25 FPS 18 FPS
Score 4176 3032

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
58 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 61 FPS
[Ultra]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 30 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[Ultra]
Shadowgun Legends - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
59 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
57 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
1080 x 2340
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
1080 x 2340
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 Snapdragon 855

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)
1x 2.84 GHz – Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Gold)
3x 2.42 GHz – Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Gold)
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55 (Kryo 485 Silver)
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 2840 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.1-A
L1 cache 128 KB 384 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 768 KB
L3 cache 4 MB 2 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 10.3 billion 6.7 billion
TDP 10 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Adreno 640
Architecture Adreno 600 Adreno 600
GPU frequency 587 MHz 585 MHz
Execution units 2 2
Shading units 512 384
FLOPS 1228 Gigaflops 899 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 698 Hexagon 690
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 UFS 3.0
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP 1x 192MP, 2x 22MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 120FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 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

Connectivity

Modem X55 X24 LTE, X50 5G
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 20
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps Up to 2000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 316 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.1 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS

Info

Announced December 2019 December 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB SM8150
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 official site

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 865, or ask any questions
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Ur mom 10 November 2021 03:17
While the 865 has better specs, when using the note 10+ and Xperia 1, I found the experience to be nearly indistinguishable from the Xperia 1 ii and other similar phones. For the price, I think it’s safe to say that for the time being, the 855 wins out by being far cheaper with only slightly lower performance.
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Phoniac 28 October 2021 17:01
Newer = better snapdragon 865 faster but more expensive at the moment 200 vs 350 dollars
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