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Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro

Qualcomm 821 MSM8996 Pro

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 is a high-end ARM-based SoC largely found on Android tablets and smartphones. Announced in mid 2016, the S820 is the successor to the Snapdragon 820 and from a technical perspective a higher clocked version of the SoC. 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 821 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 2.4 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 821 is located in the high end of mobile CPUs for smartphones and tablets. The performance advantage of the 821 compared to the 820 depends on the used clock speed. E.g. in the Google Pixel, the SoC is only clocked at 2.15 GHz and therefore identical to many 820 SoCs.

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. Compared to the 530 in the 820, the 821 version should be up to 5 % faster, which speaks for a slightly higher clock speed.

Features

The Snapdragon 821 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
Clock Rate2400 MHz
Level 2 Cache1536 KB
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 ( - 653 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date10/01/2016
Product Link (external)Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro

Benchmarks

Geekbench 4.1 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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min: 4369     avg: 4369 (27%)     median: 4369 (27%)     max: 4369 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
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min: 1831     avg: 1831 (38%)     median: 1831 (38%)     max: 1831 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute RenderScript Score
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min: 6549     avg: 7120.6 (87%)     median: 7171 (87%)     max: 7577 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
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min: 3983     avg: 4164 (15%)     median: 4201.5 (15%)     max: 4292 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
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min: 1482     avg: 1675.2 (30%)     median: 1685.5 (30%)     max: 1881 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
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min: 2947     avg: 2947 (87%)     median: 2947 (87%)     max: 2947 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
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min: 3869     avg: 3869 (84%)     median: 3869 (84%)     max: 3869 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
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min: 5152     avg: 5184.5 (76%)     median: 5184.5 (76%)     max: 5217 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
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min: 4739     avg: 5223.3 (63%)     median: 5179 (62%)     max: 5703 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Metal
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min: 2938     avg: 3334 (89%)     median: 3334 (89%)     max: 3730 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
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min: 3235     avg: 3253.5 (72%)     median: 3253.5 (72%)     max: 3272 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
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min: 6032     avg: 6151.5 (81%)     median: 6151.5 (81%)     max: 6271 Points
Octane V2 - Total Score
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min: 5511     avg: 8872.1 (18%)     median: 9378 (19%)     max: 10007 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
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min: 2399.8     avg: 2766 (5%)     median: 2580.2 (4%)     max: 4141 ms
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
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min: 1665     avg: 1962.3 (63%)     median: 2028 (65%)     max: 2085 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
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min: 1493     avg: 1904.9 (62%)     median: 2009 (65%)     max: 2106 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
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min: 18222     avg: 21646 (31%)     median: 22335 (32%)     max: 22860 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
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min: 0     avg: 0 (0%)     max: 0 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
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min: 0     avg: 0 (0%)     max: 0 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
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min: 215105     avg: 215105 (79%)     median: 215105 (79%)     max: 215105 Points
AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score
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min: 138072     avg: 147167 (65%)     median: 148698 (65%)     max: 159866 Points
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Reviews for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro processor

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.7")
» Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL Smartphone Review - Review
» Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL - External Review

Asus ZenFone AR-ZS571KL (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.7")
» Asus ZenFone AR-ZS571KL - External Review

Google Pixel XL 2016 (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.5")
» Google Pixel XL Smartphone Review - Review
» Google Pixel XL 2016 - External Review

HTC U Ultra (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.7")
» HTC U Ultra Smartphone Review - Review
» HTC U Ultra - External Review

LeEco Le Pro 3 (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.5")
» LeEco Le Pro 3 - External Review

Lenovo ZUK Edge (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.5")
» Lenovo ZUK Edge - External Review

LG G6 (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.7")
» LG G6 Smartphone First Impressions - Review
» LG G6 - External Review

OnePlus 3T (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.5")
» OnePlus 3T Smartphone Review - Review
» OnePlus 3T - External Review

Vivo Xplay 6 (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.7")
» Vivo Xplay 6 - External Review

Xiaomi Mi 5s (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.15")
» Xiaomi Mi 5s Smartphone Review - Review

Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.7")
» Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus - External Review

Xiaomi Mi Mix (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 6.4")
» Xiaomi Mi Mix Phablet Review - Review
» Xiaomi Mi Mix - External Review

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.7")
» Xiaomi Mi Note 2 - External Review

ZTE Axon 7S (Qualcomm Adreno 530, 5.5")
» ZTE Axon 7S - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Snapdragon

» Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
   2.45 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
   2.4 GHz / 1.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
   2.2 GHz / 1.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
   2.7 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
   2.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
   2.45 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA
   2.26 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM8936
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
   1.7 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ8016
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928
   1.6 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8028
   1.6 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 APQ8009
   1.3 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
   1.1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 205
   1.1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8225Q
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8660
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Snapdragon S1 MSM7227
   0.6 GHz / 0 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- AMD A-Series A4-3330MX
   2.2 GHz / 2 MB
- AMD A-Series A4-5150M
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB
- AMD A-Series A6-4400M
   2.7 GHz / 1 MB
- Intel Pentium J2900
   2.41 GHz / 2 MB
- AMD A-Series A4-4300M
   2.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
   2.4 GHz / 1.5 MB
+ Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
   2.1 GHz / KB
+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
   2.2 GHz / 1536 KB
+ NVIDIA Tegra X1
   2 GHz / 2560 KB
+ Intel Pentium N3530
   2.16 GHz / 2048 KB
+ Intel Celeron 1017U
   1.6 GHz / 512 KB + 2048 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2016-10-18)