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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)
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: 25339     avg: 32449     median: 26936 (31%)     max: 45072 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 3754     avg: 4239.3     median: 4429 (98%)     max: 4535 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 3788     avg: 4200.7     median: 4352 (93%)     max: 4462 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
min: 1658     avg: 1926     median: 1926 (16%)     max: 2194 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
min: 7059     avg: 8574.5     median: 8574.5 (33%)     max: 10090 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 0     avg: 1445.5     median: 1445.5 (30%)     max: 2891 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3472     avg: 3509.5     median: 3514.5 (55%)     max: 3537 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 10812     avg: 11088.2     median: 11091 (31%)     max: 11359 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 1873.2     avg: 2122.3     median: 1965 (3%)     max: 2528.6 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 17011     avg: 22770.5     median: 24632 (49%)     max: 24807 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
min: 257246     avg: 260158     median: 260943 (95%)     max: 262286 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
min: 5347     avg: 5376.5     median: 5376.5 (54%)     max: 5406 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
min: 8342     avg: 9117     median: 9035 (76%)     max: 9974 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
min: 10330     avg: 11027     median: 10985 (56%)     max: 11766 Points
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Reviews for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor

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

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

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

Samsung Galaxy Fold (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 7.3")
» Samsung Galaxy Fold - External Review

Sony Xperia 1 (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.5")
» Sony Xperia 1 - External Review

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

ZTE Axon 10 Pro (Qualcomm Adreno 640, 6.47")
» ZTE Axon 10 Pro - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series Snapdragon

» Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx
   2.75 GHz + 2 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 835
   2.45 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
   2.3 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
   2.2 GHz
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
   2.02 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
   1.5 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

- Intel Core i3 6157U
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- Intel Core i3 7100U
   2.4 GHz / 0.5 MB + 3 MB
- AMD PRO 300U
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 4 MB
- AMD 300U
   2.4 GHz / 1 MB + 4 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
   2.84 GHz + 5 MB L3
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   0 GHz / KB
+ 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
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2019-01-31)