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 15%) AnTuTu 9 score – 803K vs 696K
  • 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
803917
CPU 209049 193984
GPU 319476 241995
Memory 128564 119512
UX 147839 145478
Total score 803917 696071

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 180.7 Mpixels/s
Face detection 26.5 images/s 25 images/s
Speech recognition 67.7 words/s 55.6 words/s
Machine learning 59.9 images/s 56.8 images/s
Camera shooting 37.5 images/s 27 images/s
HTML 5 3.96 Mnodes/s 3.11 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1060 Krows/s 987.3 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 91% 90%
Graphics test 30 FPS 25 FPS
Score 5139 4282

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 83 FPS
[Ultra]
88 FPS
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Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
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59 FPS
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Fortnite 26 FPS
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27 FPS
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Shadowgun Legends 89 FPS
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102 FPS
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World of Tanks Blitz 112 FPS
[Ultra]
107 FPS
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Genshin Impact 58 FPS
[Ultra]
49 FPS
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
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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 128 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 512 KB
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. 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

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

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Snapdragon 870 and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
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Vjagu 22 June 2022 02:23
There is no heating issue at all in 888
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》TON618《 08 July 2022 20:21
You're wrong, my friend. There is a heating problem. You can do a little research. The 888 needs a good heatsink.
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Izzi gaming 09 October 2022 15:48
It's been fixed now no more heating issue But performance are Identical Now Now average fps is now 58 on 870 59-60 fps on 888
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Nero 07 June 2022 15:37
The Snapdragon 888 5G is clearly the winner in all aspects except the price of course. I've seen many comments regarding Snapdragon 888 thermal issues that are true and false at the same time, Here's why? 1. Performace - More Powerful CPU and GPU causes significantly hotter than Snapdragon 870 5G. 2. Nodes - Built on Samsung 5nm EUV(Extreme Ultra-Violet) node vs 7nm TSMC on Snapdragon 870 5G even though their nodes are slightly different the TSMC is a better choice and it's also widely used in other flagship devices chipsets like Dimensity, Kirin and etc. 3. Cooling Systems - (vapor cooling system, liquid cooling, heat pipes, installed cooling fans and etc.) Many popular companies are providing affordable flagship phones and gaming phones at affordable prices. 4. Price - So you can't only blame Samsung or Snapdragon either because those companies cut corners to provide a price to performance prices to send their flagship to compete in market competition. 5. Optimization - One of the most important factors in optimizing software and hardware. Having optimized software and hardware is a get-to-go because having optimized software and hardware is more likely more efficient and less heating. The software and OS control the hardware (consists of Chipsets, LCD/AMOLED Display, Battery+Consumption, Throttling, and Cooling systems if they have or no cooling system at all.)
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Arman from iran 12 April 2022 13:41
I just bought the realme gt with SD888 and now that I read these all about SD870 is more stable I regret I didn't buy the cheaper poco f3😪 but I hope that the overheating problem is solved now(more than a year after realme gt was launched). I wish I could change to redmi k50 pro Dimensity 9000 next year.
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Engr Franklin 05 March 2022 21:54
Guys what do you have to say about SD 860 in poco x3 pro
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Kovey 17 July 2022 04:41
I think 778g is better than 860. Better power efficiency at almost similar performance. 778g is also newer tech
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I Love Xiaomi Phone 17 December 2021 17:19
Bro I have mi 11t pro snapdragon 888 5nm no heating I play free fire 6-7 hrs, not any problem in snapdragon 888 5nm No heating problem in snapdragon 888 5nm Snapdragon 888 5nm is very good Snapdragon 870 7nm is not good
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guest user 2291 18 December 2021 12:43
U still playing free fire😂😂😂 in this phone, change ur taste bro play pubg or cod
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Chikni Chameli 11 January 2022 06:23
guest user 2291, How about you stop shaming people for what they like, eh? You play pubg, cod, lauda, lassan, good for you, but don't shit on others just to feel good about yourself. And, mobile games aren't "real games" anyways.
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Better than free fire.. 13 January 2022 06:54
Playing free fire on mi 11t 😂😂😂😂 Use a low-budget phone for your free fire game. Such as note 5 of mi it also runs you your shit hole game free fire. Play cod mobile in such a beautiful phone 11t. Is op phone for gaming. Play cod mobile, not free fire. A
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IDK 16 January 2022 14:58
guest user 2291, You still playing pubg and in this phone, change ur taste bro play genshin impact.
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harsh 21 January 2022 10:06
bro try to play some heavy game and u will see a difference
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Karl 28 January 2022 03:31
Yo my guy ignore all these people and keep playing what you like, remember no one can change what you like because your life is your choice Have a nice day 👍
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El_Machete 08 February 2022 19:33
brother, it's not to make fun of you playing free fire because for tastes the colors but you can't boast like that because free fire is not a game that gets 100% out of 888, obviously, you're going to play 6-7 hours and even much more and without warm up because that game is not demanding at all, so much so that even with an old htc 820 from 2014 you can play without problems. Already with games with Pubg Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, and New State Mobile there you will see that you do not play more than 4 hours without overheating. and do not say that the 888 is much better than the 870 because it is not.
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Azreal 04 March 2022 18:46
Chikni Chameli, Mobile Games are still real games. All games are is a form of interactive media. Mobile games very much fit that description. Now whether you want to say if mobile games are actually any good or not? That's an entirely different story.
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Bitch 24 March 2022 10:23
Instead of Playing a Shithole Game Like Free Fire, Try games Such As Pubg: New State, COD, Genshin Impact, Asphalt 9, ARK: Survival What a Noob Kid Still Playing Free Fire In 2022🤣🤣🤣
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erik 02 April 2022 02:30
I don't think there is a bad Snapdragon processor. If you want a bad processor.... buy the new Galaxy phone in Europe. Exynos sucks. Big time. That is overheated chips(throttles down), drain battery, and has not the performance of a snapdragon. I won't be buying a Samsung any time soon. Good luck, Samsung. I will buy a much cheaper snapdragon phone from a Chinese brand.
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Some critic 21 April 2022 13:29
Chikni Chameli, I know some friends from India, they call it the "chappari game" 💀😂. I got later explained what it means and tbh I think it deserves it, game has no its own unique substance, just a low iq mob/fan service, they literally put the models from film industry. (Out of all things, improving jack animations, better realistic, or higher quality well thought map and terrain, better gameplay/shooter mechanics they opted to do this)😶🥲 I Am so done 💀😭 They have done this to lure players from other countries too.📸📸 The fact that it's the truth, shows this game thrives on mob mentality and service. If the players have demanded better quality maybe the Dev's could also put out a better product/game for everyone. Ig that's not changing soon tho.
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Pkt 27 April 2022 13:24
Free fire is not a heavy game
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Virat 13 December 2021 18:17
Snapdragon 888 has thermal issues and heats up after a long period of gaming. Still, It is currently the most powerful Android chipset available being the only limitation is thermal throttling.
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IDK 16 January 2022 16:20
It cannot be helped. Qualcomm just changed the cores and upscaled the frequency nothing more. They are thinking that the just increases the performance at any means to beat apple chips and they totally relying on smartphone colling system so only company like Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, Asus and other companies smartphone are giving the best performance from Qualcomm chips.
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IK. 06 February 2022 10:52
IDK, For the most part, they don't care about beating Apple (A-bionic series), they're just a chip designing and manufacturing company...while Apple also designs their own chips, they have a very mature ecosystem to support their hardware. Qualcomm (like most companies) only cares about maximizing profit margins while investing as little as possible to innovate their designs (whenever they feel like they don't need to), but soon they'll feel the pressure coming from Mediatek. But one would guess that that should be obvious. Captain Obvious is signing out.
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Usax 19 February 2022 20:39
IDK, You are so right and People haven't realized this
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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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IDK 16 January 2022 16:24
Yea it's true they had to do this because apple and MediaTek also Exynos chips are getting better and better everyday so to make the competition harder they overclock their GPU and also take the first position.
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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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》TON618《 08 July 2022 20:25
My advice to you is Oneplus 9R model. It has Snapdragon 870 processor inside. The performance of the device is sufficient for gaming, entertainment and daily use.
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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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Pranave.K.C 18 December 2021 04:03
Coz it's available at a lower cost.
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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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