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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/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 870
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 855
  • Shows significantly better (up to 54%) AnTuTu 8 score – 646K vs 420K
  • Announced 2-years and 2-months later
  • Performs 41% better in floating-point computations
  • Supports 29% higher memory bandwidth (44 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • 13% higher CPU clock speed (3200 vs 2840 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
646872
CPU 179347 142660
GPU 270188 172185
Memory 98761 56295
UX 95818 53180
Total score 646872 420582

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 180.6 Mpixels/s 143.55 Mpixels/s
Face detection 25.25 images/s 23.7 images/s
Speech recognition 54.7 words/s 44.8 words/s
Machine learning 56.95 images/s 45.65 images/s
Camera shooting 28 images/s 24.2 images/s
HTML 5 3 Mnodes/s 2.93 Mnodes/s
SQLite 989.1 Krows/s 783.05 Krows/s

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 ARMv8.1-A
L1 cache 512 KB 384 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 768 KB
L3 cache 4 MB 2 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 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 1267 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 44 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 60FPS 4K at 120FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS 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 5.2 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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