Snapdragon 888 vs Snapdragon 870

We compared two 8-core processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (with Adreno 660 graphics) and Snapdragon 870 (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
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Performs 25% better in floating-point computations
  • Higher GPU frequency (~24%)
  • Supports 16% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 44 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 17%) AnTuTu 9 score – 796K vs 677K
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • 13% higher CPU clock speed (3200 vs 2840 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
796376
CPU 212299 189629
GPU 302110 239863
Memory 135341 105344
UX 150913 142979
Total score 796376 677815

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 180.6 Mpixels/s
Face detection 27.4 images/s 25.25 images/s
Speech recognition 68.35 words/s 54.7 words/s
Machine learning 66.45 images/s 56.95 images/s
Camera shooting 36.4 images/s 28 images/s
HTML 5 3.91 Mnodes/s 3 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1060 Krows/s 989.1 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 83 FPS
[Ultra]
88 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
59 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 26 FPS
[Ultra]
27 FPS
[Ultra]
Shadowgun Legends 89 FPS
[Ultra]
102 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 112 FPS
[Ultra]
107 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 58 FPS
[Ultra]
49 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Asus Zenfone 8
1080 x 2400
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
1080 x 2400
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 870

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 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)
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2840 MHz 3200 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.4-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 512 KB 1 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 1.8 MB
L3 cache 4 MB 4 MB
Process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
TDP 10 W 10 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 660 Adreno 650
Architecture Adreno 600 Adreno 600
GPU frequency 840 MHz 675 MHz
Execution units 2 2
Shading units 512 512
FLOPS 1720 Gigaflops 1372 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 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, 4K at 60FPS
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. 24 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

Info

Announced December 2020 January 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8350 SM8250-AC
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
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Total votes: 18539

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 870 and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
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John 29 November 2021 21:17
The problem overheating of SD 888 came from high GPU frequency.
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Anonymous 22 September 2021 07:01
While comparing with price as an aspect. If you opt for 870 then you pay 10k less than that on a phone who's performance is slightly slow than 888. (You won't notice any performances difference cuz this difference is not needed in real world). For everyday application such as moderate gaming, photography, messaging, social media sd870 is overkill. So don't bother and choose 870.
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Aiko yanai 03 October 2021 09:25
870 is overclock and no cooling fan that will make it stop by it self if overheating. Not like most of 888 phone.
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Adam Lewis 21 September 2021 11:34
Is buying Oneplus 9 a good choice at this point of time , or should I wait for Oneplus 9RT with 870 chipset . I have heard that oneplus 9 heating issue is now fixed with the latest updates . only overheating problem was bothering me.
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Arar 20 September 2021 23:03
888 has better performance but 870 is more powerful
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Aman 30 September 2021 05:24
Bro sd888 is more powerful but sd870 has better performance
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guest user 07 September 2021 11:31
✓870 is best in terms of overall optimization and very good performance with less heating (40°-50°C).[example: iqoo 7, OnePlus 9r, etc.,] ✓And 888 is very great performance but with over heating🤯(50°-70°C) of cpu even 5nm fabrication [example: mi11series, iqoo 7 legend, OnePlus9series]. ✓Dimensity 1200=Snapdragon 870(approximately) with good performance & manageable heating(45°-55°C) with 6nm fabrication [eg: realme x7 max].
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Andrew 27 July 2021 05:35
Why is everyone voting for 870 while 888 shows the clear winner 🤔
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Homoblast 27 July 2021 13:51
Sd 888 is overclocked version of sd 870 Sd 888 is heat so much You will face heating issue
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Rex 02 August 2021 17:45
Homoblast, No no no, SD 888 gas different architecture like cortex x1 vs cortex a78.
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vrickz 21 September 2021 11:29
Homoblast, Oneplus says that with the latest updates they have fixed the heating issues on this chips and temperature is much lower now , is it true?
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Someone who knows stuff 22 September 2021 18:17
Because of the overheating issue on sd 888. Clearly sd 888 wins in the matter of efficiency and peak performance but do we actually need it in 2021? Snapdragon 870 is available in middle range flagship phones unlike sd 888 that is mainly available in super expensive flagship phones.
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Guest 6249 03 October 2021 09:28
Homoblast, Don't u see that 888 at 2.8 Ghz while 870 was pushing it's limit at 3.2 Ghz. im 870 user
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XT® 17 October 2021 06:06
Homoblast, 888 is the most powerful chipset but this chipsets main problem is over heating and after heating SD 888 perform very Dirty.
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D j 31 October 2021 16:38
Guest 6249, Bro see the 3.2ghz core is A77 But the x1 core is even more powerful at 2.5 ghz but it's on 2.8 ghz so u can see the cpu score for better understanding
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Wildfix0world 24 November 2021 10:52
vrickz, They must have done it with aggressive throttling thereby it might not heat now but definitely have a significant reduction in the performance. That may go unnoticed for normal usage but for gaming, it will definitely show every now and then.
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Gerbi 25 November 2021 00:17
Guest 6249, Remember it's not only the clock speed, the architecture is A HUGE THING, try to do some research on CPU instruction architecture and how it affects performance. If you are interested LTT did a vid on it, it's great to go check it out. 870, then in real life value I think 888 < 870. Happy Poco f3 user btw, great phone.
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Pila 01 December 2021 03:20
Homoblast, Nope, they are actually different. The reason why cus you pay a lot less on a phone which is slightly slower than 888, who will choose 888?
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MrXaunil 15 June 2021 21:13
Gaming review please 🙃
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rik 07 June 2021 23:01
I don't see any overheating issue of 888 on iqoo 7 legend now. Maybe this was in earlier versions
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APa 14 May 2021 20:49
Does Snapdragon 870 support Dual 5G standby? Does 888 support too?
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Kam 21 April 2021 12:11
Poco f 3 is best in price and performance both
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Tera bhai 25 May 2021 17:08
It's also get heated very fast.
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Dwight 02 July 2021 14:08
Tera bhai, Im using it now no heating issue, just put a fan or a cooler and its good
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Wews 07 August 2021 08:49
Dwight, what about other issues? like flickering, ghosting etc
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Abuji 13 October 2021 11:45
I got the Poco F3 for one month now. In that entire time time I think I've noticed frame drops only about 6-7 times playing COD in ultra settings. But I generally play with medium settings with high frame rate. 90Hz is literally more than enough for any fps games on a phone. And the battery life is pretty good too. Charges from 15-20% to full in less than 40 minutes. Super happy with the buy!
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Harry 19 April 2021 19:08
Snapdragon 870 cheaper than 888 and almost same oneplus 9r has snapdragon 870 price 49999 and vivo x60 plus price more than 50000
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Misogi 27 July 2021 05:34
Realme Gt is expected to be launched at around 30+K
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HASSAN 11 April 2021 18:05
Buy poco f3 is the best phone
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Miguel Angel Cruz Garcia 09 April 2021 05:50
Si, el procesador snapdragon 888 se calienta mucho, tengo un galaxy S21 plus y al jugar juegos muy básicos se calienta mas de lo normal, incluso solo viendo youtube o Facebook 😭 lo voy a vender y me voy a comprar un moto g100 con el SD 870 nimodo😭
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@AdrianoA3 23 April 2021 21:32
Samsung + Exynos = Extreme shit Samsung + Snapdragon = Extreme device
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Snapdragon 888 26 March 2021 16:04
Sd 888 is overheating bcz of no updates made till now. After few updates thing's will went normal.
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Anup Sur 26 March 2021 15:50
SD870 is much stable as compared to 888
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M Aeeneh 25 March 2021 20:45
I saw a lot of videos of first sd 888 phone xiaomi Mi 11 and overheating is a huge problem on 3dmark test and the phone can't finish the test and faild. I don't understand why Qualcomm release this Cpu with this problem. I hope it gets right in future.
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Wews 15 April 2021 15:29
The sd 888 has a little heating problem. It overheats bc xiaomi has poor cooling system. Asus rog 5 heats but a little. The sd 888 will overheat if the software of the phone is prone to overheating. Not all processors overheat.
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Wews 07 August 2021 08:51
Wews, i mean if the software continues to push its limits of the chipset it will eventually overheat
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Wews 08 September 2021 04:52
Wews, Yeah yeah. Im just not good at english😅
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No name 25 March 2021 03:01
Snapdragon 888 is overheating.
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James Vilenkines 04 March 2021 14:00
SD888 has a serious overheating problem, I was watching youtube and played a couple of top-notch games then the whole phone was boiling like it was on fire and it started to lag a bit but when it's cooled down then all went back to normal. Buy SD865+ or SD870. Much more stable than SD888........
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Samyxy 09 March 2021 09:01
2-3 update and 888 is optimized
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Wews 03 March 2021 03:11
If you have an sd865/865 plus phone but you want to buy a faster phone, then buy sd 870 coz this chipset is optimized and not overheating. If the sd 888 is optimized, then go for it. But for now, dont buy the sd 888 coz it has a heating problem.
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P_w_n 02 April 2021 15:29
Thanks bro, I was in confused to buy vivo x60 or mi 11 Thanks a lot
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Lxxx.............. 10 April 2021 19:16
P_w_n, i bought vivo x60 SD870 and play PUBG and its awesome so far so good no heating problem, and Graphic is good
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Wews 15 April 2021 15:31
P_w_n, Vivo x60 is better in terms of camera and gaming. But poco f3 is better in pricing. Both poco f3 and vivo x60 have sd 870
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