Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 855

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 (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/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
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 855
  • Performs 53% better in floating-point computations
  • Announced 2-years and 2-months later
  • Supports 29% higher memory bandwidth (44 against 34.13 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 35%) AnTuTu 10 score – 812K vs 602K
  • 13% higher CPU clock speed (3200 vs 2840 MHz)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~15%)
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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
812339
CPU 229527 193310
GPU 278266 165228
Memory 124858 107520
UX 172823 133766
Total score 812339 602359

GeekBench 6

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Asset compression 148.4 MB/sec 129.1 MB/sec
HTML 5 Browser 85.5 pages/sec 75.9 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 113.5 Mpixels/sec 88.8 Mpixels/sec
Image detection 72.7 images/sec 62.3 images/sec
HDR 102.4 Mpixels/sec 91.7 Mpixels/sec
Background blur 10.8 images/sec 8.79 images/sec
Photo processing 28.3 images/sec 27.5 images/sec
Ray tracing 4.18 Mpixels/sec 4.01 Mpixels/sec
Compute Score (GPU)
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3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 92% 91%
Graphics test 25 FPS 18 FPS
Score 4279 3098

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 88 FPS
[Ultra]
58 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 59 FPS
[Ultra]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 27 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[Ultra]
Shadowgun Legends 102 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 107 FPS
[Ultra]
59 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 49 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
57 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Black Shark 4
1080 x 2400
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 870 and Snapdragon 855

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)
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 3200 MHz 2840 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 512 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L3 cache 4 MB 2 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 10.3 billion 6.7 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W
Manufacturing TSMC TSMC

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Adreno 640
Architecture Adreno 600 Adreno 600
GPU frequency 670 MHz 585 MHz
Execution units 2 2
Shading units 512 384
Total shaders 1024 768
FLOPS 1372.1 Gigaflops 898.5 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12.1 12.1

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s 34.13 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 60FPS 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

Connectivity

Modem X55 X24 LTE, X50 5G
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 20
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 7500 Mbps Up to 5000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 3000 Mbps Up to 1240 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS

Info

Announced January 2021 December 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AC SM8150
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 official site

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