Snapdragon 888 vs Snapdragon 865

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (with Adreno 660 graphics) and Snapdragon 865 (Adreno 650). 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
  • Supports 50% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~43%)
  • Performs 40% better in floating-point computations
  • Announced 1-year later
  • Shows better (up to 24%) AnTuTu 9 score – 801K vs 648K
  • 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
801911
CPU 212479 179581
GPU 304840 217033
Memory 137606 117282
UX 147850 135531
Total score 801911 648563

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 164.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 27.4 images/s 26.1 images/s
Speech recognition 68.35 words/s 49.6 words/s
Machine learning 66.45 images/s 50 images/s
Camera shooting 36.4 images/s 29.5 images/s
HTML 5 3.91 Mnodes/s 3.25 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1060 Krows/s 880 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 92% 99%
Graphics test 31 FPS 26 FPS
Score 5304 4370

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 83 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
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Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
61 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 26 FPS
[Ultra]
30 FPS
[Ultra]
Shadowgun Legends 89 FPS
[Ultra]
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World of Tanks Blitz 112 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 58 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
59 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Asus Zenfone 8
1080 x 2400
Xiaomi Mi 10 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 865

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 – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 2840 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.4-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 512 KB 128 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 10.3 billion
TDP 10 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 660 Adreno 650
Architecture Adreno 600 Adreno 600
GPU frequency 840 MHz 587 MHz
Execution units 2 2
Shading units 512 512
FLOPS 1720 Gigaflops 1228 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 3200 MHz 2750 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 698
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 8K at 30FPS, 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 X55
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps Up to 2500 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 316 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.1
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC

Info

Announced December 2020 December 2019
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8350 SM8250-AB
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
2511 (66.5%)
1265 (33.5%)
Total votes: 3776

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
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ALPHA 01 April 2022 05:59
Iqoo 9 with 888 is the best value for money phone
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FABv60 22 June 2021 07:58
The SD888 has boosted AI at 26TOPS while the SD865 is at 14TOPS. The only other difference is the A78 ARM cores and the single X1 main core. The Adreno 650 and 660 is the same exact GPU. The 660 is just overclocked almost 300MHz and running on 5nm. From what I've tested the Adreno 650 which has the same 1,024 ALU's runs at an even 1TFLOP of FP32 compute sustainable, which is more then enough for anything. Heck the Adreno 630 (512ALU's) is still a viable GPU. In mobile the GPU and CPU scale almost perfectly. That's why the Adreno 660 at 840-870MHz scales performance up to almost a half a TFLOP (500GFlops) of FP32 compute. The 5nm node shrink and memory bandwidth is enough to gain the other 200GFLOPS. The near 300MHz overclock on the 660 gives it a perfect 1to1 scale of 300GFLOPs. Once you hit about 6TFLOPs, the 100% scale drops off. Regardless its not all about the SOC, its what you do with it. I just found the LGv60 for $350 brand new, so bought 2. LG did quit the phone game but there phones don't just quit either. LG's phones are known for having impeccable audio which is what the V-series come with. They just updated the v60 to Android 11 and LG's v60 has ROOT capabilities so unofficial OS upgrades are possible. Where else can you get a SD865 device for $350 new (with the dual screen) a 2Vrms 3.5mm headphone jack with a 32bit ESS SABRE qDAC to clean up the audio through wired headphones. It also supports a pressure stylus like the NOTE series. It has a 6.8in LG P-OLED screen. Yeah, its 1080p but with a 5000mAh battery, that'll help. Also, it has MicroSD expandable storage with USB-c to HDMI out dongle support and MLT-STD 810G transit drop rated with IP68. The 810G rating is very important, it not only keeps the phone from just shattering but it's weather proof. I have the Galaxy NOTE 20 Ultra but, got stuck out on the freeway because a rock smashed my windshield and caused me to wreck. It was -5°c outside and it would just shut off because it was so cold. Luckily i had the V50 in my glove box so i swapped out sims and made the call to AAA. If i didn't have that phone i don't know what i would've done. I know from now on i keep a reliable phone on me. So, i figured a phone with a 5000mAh battery should relieve some stress. Not having to worry about charging a damn phone. I haven't found any phone close to that price with half of those features. I'm still sporting a fully Unlocked LGv40 which supports 24 BANDs including 2, 4, 12, 66 and 71 with AWS/3 and 4CA capabilities. Running on T-Mobile/Sprint this 4GLTE phone is basically the fastest 4GLTE thanks to the SD845 SOC. I anywhere between 30 to 50MB/s download. That's MegaBytes not bits. Plenty of speed even for today. Remember the fastest solid 4GLTE is faster than the spotty 5G. Also. BANDs 66 and 71 run on the 5G spectrum and can be used in AWS3 or 4CA. When people ask me what kind of phone i got, after admiring how nice it looks b i tell'em LG. Cause life is Good with LG. This LGv40 is running beta 12 with all the stock and audio/video mods working. With the other 2 V60's and SD865 SOC's and USB-c to HDMI out. I'll be glad to run these phones for a few more years. I've had other phones but i need my audio specifically a 2Volt 3.5mm jack to push my HD599's and expandable storage with HDMI out. It hard to find that in a new phone today. The only other phone with a qDAC from ESS is the ROG phone 5. Anyways, i like my Snapdragon based SOC's but if the Adreno 730 isn't 2.5TFLOPS looks i'll be going back to Samsung. I hear there Exynos 2200 SOC is supposed to be something to disrupt the smartphone game.
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Poss 02 June 2021 04:47
Well, I'm curious which one is better, in the Sony Xperia Pro with SD 865 vs Xperia 1 III pre ordering, with SD 888?
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XxKingJTuckxX 28 April 2021 23:09
I have the RedMagic 6 Pro and it comes with the SD 888 and I'm impressed with the speed.
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alek 14 April 2022 12:01
and temperature too! You can get warmer on cold winter days! That is why sd888 is best for you! I have 888 in my secondary phone and because of sd888, he is secondary and not primary as at stat he was! He is fast and everything flies till you pressure him a little more, then the party starts.
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Dana 19 April 2022 18:26
alek, The thing is that RedMagic 6 Pro uses active cooling so it can keep the 888 cool and take more performance despite the lower efficiency Other phones with 888 throttle are worse than 865.
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fuckios 24 March 2021 05:27
Op8t with sd865 works perfectly fine I don't see much different on op9 888 and 8t 865
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Joel Raj 15 March 2021 04:58
Going to skip SD888 in a hope for a better future. Don't see a reason to upgrade yet!
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Josh 24 March 2021 03:06
its a preety good chip coming from me a person with a iphone 5c lol that jump isnt massive what i really want to see rn is Amd in samsung phones
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Dana 19 April 2022 18:29
Josh, Of course, it is good if u compare it with such an old phone XD
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abhay chauhan 05 February 2021 11:47
Asus Rog 5 the legend phone is coming soon 12th board ke baad wahi lunga under 50k
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jay 03 February 2021 19:27
Someone mentioned that the SD888 bottlenecks using emulators like dolphin wii and citra 3ds. can anyone confirm?
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Can confirm it REALLY feels that way 22 March 2021 05:14
On the PPSSPP emulator, there's no performance difference at all between my s20 vs my s21. Same amount of minor lag and frame skipping at the same resolution. It has to do more with the emulator. You can only crank stuff up so high on old software using an old OS
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Anmol Sharma 08 January 2021 11:55
I expect to sd 888 in a smart phone under a affordable price.
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Ian 15 February 2021 20:15
Well... Realme is releasing the "Realme Race'" (or Realme GT) Which is quite affordable It does have SD888
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Nikhil Goyal 02 January 2021 17:23
Indeed a good SOC, incremental performance in GPU over 865 and hope smartphone companies uses its full potential of its Camera Capabilities( Triple 14-bit Spectra etc) and under a good price.
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Alpha 12 January 2021 17:03
Oneplus 9 pro with snapdragon 888 ig
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