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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996

Qualcomm 820 MSM8996

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 is a high-end ARM-based SoC largely found on Android tablets and smartphones. Announced in December 2015, the S820 is the successor to the Snapdragon 810 and should start shipping in the first half of 2016. In addition to 4 CPU cores (two slower clocked and two faster clocked Kryo cores), the SoC integrates an Adreno 530 GPU with a LPDDR4 memory controller  and supports Wi-Fi (802.11ad + MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, and LTE.

CPU

The Snapdragon 820 is based on a similar concept as ARM's big.LITTLE, which combines a low power CPU cluster (2x Kyro clocked at up to 1.6 GHz) and a performance CPU cluster (2x Kyro clocked at up to 2.15 GHz). The clock speed of each cluster can be individually adjusted (but not per core) and the lowest clock speed is 310 MHz. The performance cluster features 1.5 MB L2 cache and the power saving one 512 KB. Both should be using the same architecture and fully support the ARMv8-ISA instruction set.

Although only four cores are used, the performance of the 820 is located in the high end of mobile CPUs for smartphones and tablets.

GPU

The Adreno 530 outperforms the previous Adreno 430 especially in high demanding benchmarks. Therefore it is well suited of modern 3D games on Android devices and should rank slightly below the Tegra X1 GPU.

Features

The Snapdragon 820 offers numerous wireless technologies such as Bluetooth 4.1, WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad (60 GHz) + MIMO as well as a dual-SIM cellular modem supporting LTE cat. 12/13 .

The SoC can encode and decode 4K videos using dedicated hardware (H.264 and H.265).

Power Consumption

Thanks to the new 14 nm process, the energy efficiency has been improved noticeably compared to its 20 nm predecessors.

SeriesQualcomm Snapdragon
CodenameKryo

Series: Snapdragon Kryo

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro compare2.4 GHz4 / 4 Kryo
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM89962.2 GHz4 / 4 Kryo
Clock Rate2200 MHz
Level 2 Cache1.5 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
FeaturesAdreno 530, LTE Hexagon 680 DSP, UMTS, GSM, WCDMA, Dual-SIM, eMMC 5.0, UHS-I, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz) + MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 3.0, Dual-Channel LPDDR4 Memory Controller
GPUQualcomm Adreno 530 ( - 624 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date12/16/2015
Product Link (external)Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996

Benchmarks

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 2244     avg: 3136     median: 3121.5 (4%)     max: 4398 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 7771     avg: 8880     median: 8987 (9%)     max: 9731 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Metal
min: 3487     avg: 3554     median: 3526.5 (95%)     max: 3675 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Multicore Beta
min: 3039     avg: 3495     median: 3580.5 (80%)     max: 3780 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Vellamo 3.x Browser
min: 5344     avg: 5668     median: 5643.5 (75%)     max: 6039 Points
AnTuTu v6 - AnTuTu v6 Total Score
min: 115867     avg: 129628     median: 129257 (44%)     max: 144426 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 processor

HP Elite x3 Phablet (incl. Lap Dock) Review

HP Elite x3 Phablet (incl. Lap Dock) Review

Business racer. HP is the only manufacturer offering a premium device with Windows 10 Mobile, which is mainly targeted towards business customers. Besides a lar...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.96" | 195 g
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Tablet Review

One for everything. It has been quite a while since Samsung has upgraded its premium tablet. We were therefore eager to see how the new device, which is equippe...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 9.70" | 434 g
BlackBerry DTEK60 Smartphone Review

BlackBerry DTEK60 Smartphone Review

BlackBerry's Lifeboat? With the DTEK60, BlackBerry delivers a well-equipped Android smartphone, backed with the company's renowned reputation for security. But ...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.50" | 165 g
Sony Xperia XZ Smartphone Review

Sony Xperia XZ Smartphone Review

The visionary. Sony wants a revolution: the Xperia XZ aims to change our everyday life. However, with the exception of its 23 MP camera, most of its specificati...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.20" | 161 g
ZTE Axon 7 Smartphone Review

ZTE Axon 7 Smartphone Review

Heir to the throne? With the Axon 7, ZTE is about to reach for the smartphone crown. Besides top performance and superb equipment, the 5.5-inch, high-end Androi...
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.50" | 175 g

Lenovo Moto Z: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.1 kg
  Review » Lenovo Moto Z Smartphone Review

Lenovo ZUK Z2: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.00", 0.1 kg
  Review » Lenovo ZUK Z2 Smartphone Review

Xiaomi Mi 5: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.15", 0.1 kg
  Review » Xiaomi Mi 5 Smartphone Review

OnePlus 3: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.2 kg
  Review » OnePlus 3 Smartphone Review

  Review » OnePlus 3 Smartphone First Impressions

HTC 10: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.20", 0.2 kg
  Review » HTC 10 Smartphone Review

LG G5: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.30", 0.2 kg
  Review » LG G5 Smartphone Review

Asus Zenfone V V520KL: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.20", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Asus Zenfone V V520KL

LeEco Le Pro3 Elite: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.2 kg
  External Review » LeEco Le Pro3 Elite

LG Q8: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.20", 0.1 kg
  External Review » LG Q8

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T820: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 9.70", 0.4 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T820

LeEco Le Max 2: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.70", 0.2 kg
  External Review » LeEco Le Max 2

Samsung W2017 Veyron: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 4.20", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Samsung W2017 Veyron

HP Elite x3 Lap Dock: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 12.50", 1 kg
  External Review » HP Elite x3 Lap Dock

Sony Xperia XZs: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.20", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia XZs

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 9.70", 0.4 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825

BlackBerry DTEK60: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.2 kg
  External Review » BlackBerry DTEK60

LG V34: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.20", 0.1 kg
  External Review » LG V34

Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.20", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro

Lenovo ZUK Z2 Plus: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.00", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Lenovo ZUK Z2 Plus

Google Pixel 2016: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.00", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Google Pixel 2016

Xiaomi Mi5s: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.15", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Xiaomi Mi5s

ZTE Nubia Z11: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.2 kg
  External Review » ZTE Nubia Z11

Lenovo ZUK Z2: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.00", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Lenovo ZUK Z2

Lenovo Moto Z: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Lenovo Moto Z

LG V20: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.70", 0.2 kg
  External Review » LG V20

Sony Xperia XZ: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.20", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia XZ

HP Elite x3: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.96", 0.2 kg
  External Review » HP Elite x3

ZTE Axon 7: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.2 kg
  External Review » ZTE Axon 7

Motorola Moto Z Force: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Motorola Moto Z Force

Motorola Moto Z: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Motorola Moto Z

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.10", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

OnePlus 3: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.2 kg
  External Review » OnePlus 3

HTC 10: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.20", 0.2 kg
  External Review » HTC 10

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.20", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 5: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.15", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Xiaomi Mi 5

LG G5: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.30", 0.2 kg
  External Review » LG G5

Sony Xperia X Performance: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.00", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia X Performance

OnePlus 3: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.50", 0.2 kg
   » OnePlus 3 and 3T will now not get 8.1 – but they will get 9.0

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 6.20"
   » Snapdragon 820 benchmarked

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Surrounding CPUs

+ Mediatek Helio P60
   8x 2 GHz
+ Mediatek MT8788
   8x 2 GHz
+ Mediatek MT8183
   8x 2 GHz
+ Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
   8x 2.1 GHz
+ Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
   10x 2.5 GHz
- Nvidia Tegra X1
   8x 2 GHz
- Apple A9
   2x 1.8 GHz
- Intel Atom x7-Z8700
   4x 1.6 GHz - 2.4 GHz
- Samsung Exynos 850
   8x - 2 GHz
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2015-12-17)