Snapdragon 870 vs Google Tensor

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 (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/Vulkan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • 14% higher CPU clock speed (3200 vs 2800 MHz)
Pros of Google Tensor
  • Performs 58% better in floating-point computations
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~27%)
  • Supports 16% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 44 GB/s)
  • Announced 9-months later
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Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 10

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
807214
796319
CPU 222414 219640
GPU 244383 249561
Memory 143104 141725
UX 194290 184165
Total score 807214 796319

GeekBench 6

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
1330
Multi-Core Score
Asset compression 148.4 MB/sec 134.4 MB/sec
HTML 5 Browser 85.5 pages/sec 86.7 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 113.5 Mpixels/sec 103.4 Mpixels/sec
Image detection 72.7 images/sec 70.5 images/sec
HDR 102.4 Mpixels/sec 92.1 Mpixels/sec
Background blur 10.8 images/sec 10.1 images/sec
Photo processing 28.3 images/sec 32.8 images/sec
Ray tracing 4.18 Mpixels/sec 3.79 Mpixels/sec
Compute Score (GPU)
7214
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3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
6194
Stability 92% 56%
Graphics test 25 FPS 37 FPS
Score 4279 6194

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 88 FPS
[Ultra]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 59 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 27 FPS
[Ultra]
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Shadowgun Legends 102 FPS
[Ultra]
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World of Tanks Blitz 107 FPS
[Ultra]
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Genshin Impact 49 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Xiaomi Black Shark 4
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 870 and Google Tensor

CPU

Architecture 1x 3.2 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 3200 MHz 2800 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 512 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB 3 MB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 10.3 billion -
TDP 6 W 5.6 W
Manufacturing TSMC Samsung

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Mali-G78 MP20
Architecture Adreno 600 Valhall 2nd gen
GPU frequency 670 MHz 848 MHz
Execution units 2 20
Shading units 512 64
Total shaders 1024 1280
FLOPS 1372.1 Gigaflops 2170.9 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.3
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12.1 -

Memory

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 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 1x 200MP, 2x 32MP
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 Exynos 5300g
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 7500 Mbps Up to 7350 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 3000 Mbps Up to 3670 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

Announced January 2021 October 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AC S5E9845
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 official site Google Tensor official site

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