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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm 855

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is a high-end smartphone and tablet SoC that Qualcomm announced in December 2018. The SoC integrates a fast ‘Prime Core’ that clocks up to 2.84 GHz and three further fast ARM Cortex-A76 performance cores, which can reach up to 2.42 GHz. These are complemented by four power-saving ARM Cortex-A55 cores that clock up to a maximum of 1.8 GHz. The higher ‘Prime Core’ clock speed should provide significantly better single core performance than the Snapdragon 845, but we suspect that the Snapdragon 855 will fall short of the Apple A12 Bionic. The new SoC should have up to 45% faster single-core performance and 35% multi-core performance than its predecessor. Qualcomm praises the Snapdragon 855’s ability to maintain its performance when faced with sustained load, beating the Apple A12 Bionic SoC and the HiSilicon Kirin 980.

The SoC also integrates the new X24 LTE modem that Qualcomm promises will deliver up to 2 Gbit/s maximum download speed over LTE Cat.20 and up to 316 Mbit/s upload speeds. The Snapdragon 855 can be configured with the company’s new X50 5G modem too.

Qualcomm has also improved the integrated Wi-Fi modem, which is Wi-Fi 6-ready, has 8x8 Sounding and supports up to 802.11 ay Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi modem can utilise the 60 GHz mmWave band for up to 10 Gbit/s internet speeds.

The Hexagon 690 DSP has undergone the most revisions of that which Qualcomm has integrated into the Snapdragon 855. The new DSP incorporates a neural processing unit (NPU) with dedicated Tensor-cores that can execute up to 7 trillion operations per second in conjunction with the CPU and GPU. In short, the Snapdragon 855 should be three times faster than the Snapdragon 845 and two times faster than the Kirin 980 SoC.

The Snapdragon 855 also has a Spectra 380 ISP onboard, which is the world’s first chip to incorporate a Computer Vision Engine (CV-ISP) that can perform depth calculations in videos at up to 60 FPS. The Snapdragon 855 should deliver real-time portrait modes or be able to detect objects with relatively low power consumption.

The built-in memory controller supports up to 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM (4 x 16-bit). Moreover, the Adreno 640 has 50% more compute units (ALUs) than the Adreno 630, while Qualcomm claims that it should be 20% faster than its predecessor. We currently do not know what clock speeds the Adreno 640 will operate at as Qualcomm did not announce these during the announcement of the Snapdragon 855.

Qualcomm will manufacturer the Snapdragon 855 at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) using a 7 nm FinFET process. The switch to 7 nm manufacturing should make the SD855 20% more efficient than the SD845. Qualcomm has not officially announced the thermal design power (TDP) of the SD855, but we suspect that the SoC will reach a maximum of 5 W and will average around 3.5 W under load.

SeriesQualcomm Snapdragon
CodenameCortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 485)
Series: Snapdragon Cortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 485)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus (compare) - 2960 MHz8 / 85 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 8552840 MHz8 / 85 MB
Clock Rate2840 MHz
Level 3 Cache5 MB
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 8
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)5 Watt
Manufacturing Technology7 nm
FeaturesX24 LTE Modem, Adreno 640 GPU
GPUQualcomm Adreno 640
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date12/05/2018
Product Link (external)Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 23877     avg: 31646.2     median: 30857 (36%)     max: 45072 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 1934     avg: 3793.6     median: 4037 (51%)     max: 4535 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 2345     avg: 3908.8     median: 4071 (87%)     max: 4703 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 7059     avg: 8574.5     median: 8574 (20%)     max: 10090 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3406     avg: 3482.4     median: 3491 (55%)     max: 3537 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 10187     avg: 10936     median: 10987 (19%)     max: 11388 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1851     avg: 2129.9     median: 2032 (3%)     max: 2610 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 17011     avg: 23005.8     median: 24128 (46%)     max: 25640 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 239512     avg: 255436     median: 255924 (87%)     max: 268271 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
min: 5121     avg: 7007.5     median: 5975 (48%)     max: 12391 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
min: 5578     avg: 9777.4     median: 8377 (37%)     max: 15998 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
min: 8342     avg: 9567.3     median: 9615 (80%)     max: 11440 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 10330     avg: 12000.5     median: 11857 (60%)     max: 14439 Points
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor

Asus ZenFone 6 Edition 30 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.4")
» Asus ZenFone 6 Edition 30 - External Review

Asus ZenFone 6 ZS630KL (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.4")
» Asus ZenFone 6 (ZS630KL): Reviewing the King of Stamina - Review
» Asus ZenFone 6 ZS630KL - External Review

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.4")
» Lenovo Z5 Pro GT - External Review

Lenovo Z6 Pro (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.39")
» Lenovo Z6 Pro - External Review

LG G8 ThinQ (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.1")
» LG G8 ThinQ - External Review

LG G8s ThinQ (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.2")
» LG G8S ThinQ Smartphone Review: Innovative or outdated? - Review
» LG G8s ThinQ - External Review

LG G8X ThinQ (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.4")
» LG G8X ThinQ - External Review

LG V50 ThinQ (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.4")
» LG V50 ThinQ - External Review

Meizu 16s (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.2")
» Meizu 16s - External Review

Nubia Red Magic 3 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.65")
» Nubia Red Magic 3 Smartphone Review: 8K videos and active cooling - Review

OnePlus 7 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.41")
» OnePlus 7 Smartphone: Phone with dual-camera setup in review - Review
» OnePlus 7 - External Review

OnePlus 7 Pro (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.67")
» OnePlus 7 Pro Smartphone Review - Review
» OnePlus 7 Pro - External Review

OnePlus 7 Pro 5G (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.67")
» OnePlus 7 Pro 5G - External Review

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.6")
» Oppo Reno 10x Zoom - External Review

Oppo Reno 5G (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.6")
» Oppo Reno 5G - External Review

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.7")
» Samsung Galaxy A90 5G - External Review

Samsung Galaxy Fold (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 7.3")
» Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G Smartphone Review: A foldable handset with an air of confidence - Review
» Samsung Galaxy Fold - External Review
» Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G: Foldable and not as expensive as an iPhone -
» Breaking a Galaxy Fold's screen more than once could cost as much as a whole premium phone -
» The Samsung Galaxy Fold could be over US$2000 in India -
» The Samsung Galaxy Fold US release is slated to be 100% offline -
» Galaxy Fold sells out in Korea 24 hours after going on sale -
» Galaxy Fold event scheduled for September 6 says fresh rumor -
» Samsung re-opens reservations for the Galaxy Fold in the US and UK -
» Samsung's Galaxy Fold set to launch September 6 in South Korea -
» Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could feature horizontal hinge and bigger external screen -
» Revised Samsung Galaxy Fold will officially relaunch in September for US$1,980 -
» The Samsung Galaxy Fold is reportedly "good to go", according to expert Korean testers -
» Samsung Galaxy Fold (in new revamped form) allegedly caught in live images on Indian transport system -
» Samsung CEO admits the Galaxy Fold's launch was "embarrassing" -
» Next-gen Galaxy Folds could have punch-hole cameras -
» The new Samsung Galaxy Fold release date is to be confirmed later in June 2019 -
» Samsung's improvements for the Galaxy Fold already being tested by Korean carriers -
» Samsung Galaxy Fold relaunch date imminent -
» Samsung Galaxy Fold has no official release date yet -
» Leaked email hints at new Samsung Galaxy Fold release date -
» Opinion: Criticism of the Galaxy Fold unfairly undermines Samsung's achievement -
» First Galaxy Fold teardown reveals masterpiece of Samsung design -
» Video of Samsung Galaxy Fold shows it posting incredible results in AndroBench 5 thanks to its UFS 3.0 storage -
» Samsung smooths over reported Galaxy Fold crease crisis -
» The Samsung Galaxy Fold does not have an Exynos variant -

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.8")
» Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G - External Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 LTE SM-T865 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 10.5")
» Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 LTE SM-T865 - External Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 10.5")
» Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 SM-T860 - External Review

Sharp Aquos R3 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.2")
» Sharp Aquos R3 - External Review

Sony Xperia 1 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.5")
» Sony Xperia 1 Smartphone Review: It takes more than just a fancy display to challenge established flagships - Review
» Sony Xperia 1 - External Review

Sony Xperia 5 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.1")
» Sony Xperia 5 - External Review

Vivo Apex 2019 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.4")
» Vivo Apex 2019 - External Review

Vivo IQOO (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.41")
» Vivo IQOO Smartphone Review - Review

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.39")
» Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Smartphone Review - Review
» Xiaomi Black Shark 2 - External Review

Xiaomi Mi 9 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.39")
» Xiaomi Mi 9 Smartphone Review - Review
» Xiaomi Mi 9 - External Review

Xiaomi Mi 9 Alita (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.4")
» Xiaomi Mi 9 Alita - External Review

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.39")
» Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 Pro) Smartphone Review: Not another Mi 9 with a pop-up camera - Review
» Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro - External Review

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.39")
» Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G - External Review

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.39")
» Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro - External Review

ZTE Axon 10 Pro (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.47")
» ZTE Axon 10 Pro Smartphone Review: The flagship killer from China - Review
» ZTE Axon 10 Pro - External Review

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.65")
» ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Snapdragon

» Qualcomm Snapdragon SQ1
   3 GHz + 2 MB L3
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
   2.84 GHz + 2 MB L3
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
    + 5 MB L3
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
   2.84 GHz + 5 MB L3
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 850
   2.96 GHz + 2 MB L3
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
   2.8 GHz + 2 MB L3
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
   2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
   2.45 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
   2.3 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
   2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
   2.02 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
   2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
   2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
   2.4 GHz / 1.5 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
   2.2 GHz / 1.5 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
   2.7 GHz / 2 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
   1.8 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
   1.8 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
   2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
   2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
   2.45 GHz / 2 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA
   2.26 GHz / 2 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
   1.8 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
   1.7 GHz / 2 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
   1.4 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
   1.4 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A
   1.5 GHz / 2 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
   1.4 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960DT
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 205
   1.1 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227
   1 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8660
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB L2
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB L2
» Snapdragon S1 MSM7227
   0.6 GHz

Surrounding CPUs

- AMD 300U
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 4 MB
- HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
   0 GHz / 0 MB
- HiSilicon Kirin 990
   0 GHz / 0 MB
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
   0 GHz / 0 MB + 5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
   2.84 GHz + 5 MB L3
+ Apple Apple A-Series A11 Bionic
   0 GHz / 8192 KB
+ Intel Core i3 6100U
   2.3 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core i3 4110M
   2.6 GHz / 512 KB + 3072 KB
+ Intel Core m3 7Y32
   1 GHz / 512 KB + 4096 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2019-01-31)