Snapdragon 888 vs Snapdragon 865 Plus

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (with Adreno 660 graphics) and 865 Plus (Adreno 650). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.


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 a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~30%)
  • Performs 26% better in floating-point computations
  • Supports 16% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 44 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 17%) AnTuTu 9 score – 848K vs 722K
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • 9% higher CPU clock speed (3100 vs 2840 MHz)
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Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU 211710 192608
GPU 338652 243249
Memory 139731 133307
UX 162900 155856
Total score 848352 722243

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 177.1 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 26.5 images/s -
Speech recognition 67.7 words/s -
Machine learning 59.9 images/s -
Camera shooting 37.5 images/s -
HTML 5 3.96 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 1060 Krows/s -


A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 91% 82%
Graphics test 30 FPS 25 FPS
Score 5107 4180


Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 83 FPS
74 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
60 FPS
Fortnite 26 FPS
28 FPS
Shadowgun Legends 89 FPS
World of Tanks Blitz 112 FPS
104 FPS
Genshin Impact 58 FPS
56 FPS
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
60 FPS
Device Asus Zenfone 8
1080 x 2400
Asus ROG Phone 3
1080 x 2340
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.


Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 865 Plus


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 3.1 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 3100 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.4-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 512 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
TDP 10 W 10 W


GPU name Adreno 660 Adreno 650
Architecture Adreno 600 Adreno 600
GPU frequency 840 MHz 645 MHz
Execution units 2 2
Shading units 512 512
FLOPS 1720 Gigaflops 1365 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12


Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 3200 MHz 2750 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s 44 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 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS 8K at 30FPS
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


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 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC


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

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Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 865 Plus and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
WyrdBlogger 08 July 2021 22:22
Not enough of a performance difference, imo.
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Guest User 22 April 2021 07:04
Snapdragon 865+ (3.10 GHz) has high clock speed than Snapdragon 888 (2.84GHz) so how their antutu score is high when compare to performance at single core?
+137 Reply
Kanappi 13 July 2021 04:32
It depends upon cpu cores not clock speed...
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Visitor 13 October 2021 03:32
It's not just about clock speed. Snapdragon 888 CPU cores have higher IPC (Instructions Per Clock). So if you were to run them side by side at the same clock speed, Snapdragon 888 would be faster.
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Drillseo 26 March 2021 02:09
For cpu speeds 888 is lower right ?
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Stranger 26 August 2021 15:06
Doesn't matter 888 having Cortex X1 and its too much better than A77
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snap 888 phone get so hot insanely 25 January 2021 03:57
snap 888 phone get so hot insanely
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Qualcomm thick boy 07 December 2022 08:29
In what universe is that?.. because the Galaxy S21+ I have here doesn't have such "heating".
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Danny 21 January 2021 02:04
As of the time of this writing which coincidentally is presidential inauguration day 2021, I read an article that the qualcomm snapdragon 888 was tested on xiaomi and iqoo Phones and 2 major problems occurred. First is the 888 ran unusually hot and second the 888 consumed an higher than expected of battery power.unless this was a coincidence of 2 defected 888's that just so happened to be tested on 2 different phone manufacturers qualcomm needs to correct these problems immediately.
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Aven Nias 15 January 2021 11:17
Snapdragon 888 Have 2.84 GHz rate But Snapdragon 865+ have much higher frequency rate ( 3.1 GHz) ... What is the reason behind it !? And how their ability is different!?
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Root 15 January 2021 11:25
They have different architecture. Clock rate is only one of many factors of potential performance.
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Dex 31 March 2021 23:02
As mentioned by Root, you can only compare CPUs using clockspeed when they are built on the same architecture. One CPU architecture will oftentimes be capable of more or fewer operations per clock cycle than another. It's possible (and common) for a CPU with a lower clockspeed to be more powerful than one with a higher clockspeed and a less advanced architecture. Doing more work per clock cycle is usually preferable to higher clockspeeds from the standpoint of power/heat efficiency.
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Sharul 18 June 2021 08:36
Its SD 865 plus ... ( not just sd865 ) its an over clocked version of sd865 ... That's y it has got higher clock speed than normal once....
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Mr Sinha 15 January 2021 10:24
Why SD 888 have lower Gigahertz than SD 865+ Ratio is _ 1x 2.84 GHz – Kryo 680 Prime (Cortex-X1) : 1x 3.1 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77) What is reason?
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DanielZ 21 January 2021 09:33
Architecture is one reason as well as size. 865+ is 7nm 888 is 5nm Yes 2nm might seem insignificant but it's 2nm smaller in each and everyone one of the billions of transistors! Where the distance of millions of bits of data are transferred is greatly reduced, thus results in faster speeds, better efficiency and less energy consumption. Not to mention because it is smaller they can fit in more transistors as well.
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Dex 31 March 2021 23:03
As DanielZ mentioned, higher clockspeeds only equate to better performance when comparing CPUs of the same architecture. SD 865+ and SD 888 are different architectures that do a different amount of work per clock cycle.
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Qualcomm thick boy 07 December 2022 08:37
Because the Cortex X1 core is that much powerful it doesn't need to be clocked higher to get better performance.
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Swastik 05 January 2021 16:36
Snapdragon Processor like Intel. & MediaTake Processor Like Ryzen.. U know Which can be Better In future.
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Okeh 27 March 2021 13:44
Did u know that Qualcomm Acquire NUVIA to make their snapdragon's CPU better?
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My Name is CW 18 December 2020 04:05
Snapdragon 888+ will destroy A14 next year
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Me 03 May 2021 16:51
And A15 will destroy it too!
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Wews 06 June 2021 15:40
Me , he means a14 as well as a15 will be destroyed in gaming duh
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Valentino Rossi 02 December 2020 01:56
The real G.O.A.T is Valentino Rossi in MotoGP and Michael Schumacher in Formula One
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But y doe 24 January 2021 13:38
But y comment this here mate? As an f1 fan and someone who likes motorbike racing i agree but y here?
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Lol 02 June 2021 02:34
But y doe, Just lol. Thats funny. I like the 888 because single core is about on par with bionic finally.
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Qualcomm thick boy 07 December 2022 08:40
Lol, And it took them about 2 years to achieve the level of performance that A13 bionic had. Lol.
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