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Snapdragon 888 vs Snapdragon 855

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (with Adreno 660 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 888
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 855
  • Performs 91% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 64%) AnTuTu 8 score – 717K vs 436K
  • Supports 50% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • Announced 2-years later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~44%)
  • 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
717837
CPU 193435 142660
GPU 295493 172185
Memory 111279 56295
UX 97756 53180
Total score 717837 436655

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 176.7 Mpixels/s 143.55 Mpixels/s
Face detection 27.4 images/s 23.7 images/s
Speech recognition 68.35 words/s 44.8 words/s
Machine learning 66.45 images/s 45.65 images/s
Camera shooting 36.4 images/s 24.2 images/s
HTML 5 3.91 Mnodes/s 2.93 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1060 Krows/s 783.05 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 58 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile - 56 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite - 28 FPS
[Ultra]
Shadowgun Legends - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz - 59 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 57 FPS
[Ultra]
Device - 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 888 and Snapdragon 855

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.84 GHz – Kryo 680 Prime (Cortex-X1)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 680 Gold (Cortex-A78)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 680 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 ARMv8.4-A ARMv8.1-A
L1 cache 512 KB 384 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 768 KB
L3 cache 4 MB 2 MB
Process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 6.7 billion
TDP 10 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 660 Adreno 640
Architecture Adreno 600 Adreno 600
GPU frequency 840 MHz 585 MHz
Execution units 2 2
Shading units 512 384
FLOPS 1720 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 3200 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 24 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 780 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 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 X60 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 December 2020 December 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8350 SM8150
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 official site

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
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Dikkelul 08 April 2021 15:17
It entirely depends on your usage. Why would people spend more money to upgrade from a medium/low spec device when all they do is make calls, read email and check the web on occasion. Any phone can run just about any mobile game because that is what they are designed for. If you want to test CPU and GPU prowess of any device, try to either emulate with dolphin or run test benches. Playing mobile games and judging performance by eye is not a good estimation at all. As for battery degradation. It depends on how the battery has been handled. Batteries made in the past 2-4 years are way better than the old batteries. Phones are also much better at charging the batteries at different speeds at different % charge, this has huge benefits to battery longevity. A phone I got for 2 years nearly has no battery degradation because it's been fast charged up to 90% for most of it's lifespan.
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Some TECH Guy 04 March 2021 16:30
In terms of price, a phone with snapdragon 855 would be 350-450 usd which is insane, meanwhile for the sd 888 easily +700 usd, old flagship processors (around 1-2 years after being released) are extremely worth it, never buy midrange devices, just spend a little bit extra cash or save and you get 2.5-3x performance
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Not true 05 March 2021 14:10
In terms of performance it would be better, especially games but in CPU wise it will be on par I tested my 855 vs 732G with no animations and the difference was rarely visible and most likely depends on SSD speed. Even if you buy NEW sealed old flagship battery will be degraded and for used phone you need to replace it 100% that's added costs and you don't know the phone story... it may be repaired at best... less updates and so on...
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some other tech guy 22 July 2021 15:54
There's the realme gt 5 though, which also is equipped with a snapdragon 888. Goes for ~$500 right now.
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