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Qualcomm Snapdragon 860

Qualcomm SD 860

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 (SM8150-AC) Mobile Platform is a high-end smartphone and tablet SoC that Qualcomm announced in 2021. Compared to the old Snapdragon 855 Plus, the 860 is very similar and adds support for 16 GB RAM and a few camera features.

The SoC integrates a fast ‘Prime Core’ that clocks up to 2.96 GHz (up from 2.84 GHz in the 855) 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 SoC also integrates the 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 860 can be configured with the company’s new X50 5G modem too (as an external chip).

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 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 860 should be three times faster than the Snapdragon 845 and two times faster than the Kirin 980 SoC.

The Snapdragon 860 also has a Spectra 380 ISP onboard, which was the world’s first part to incorporate a Computer Vision Engine (CV-ISP) that can perform depth calculations in videos at up to 60 FPS. The Snapdragon 860 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). As the SD855 and 855+, the 860 integrates an Adreno 640 graphics card.

Qualcomm will manufacturer the Snapdragon 860 at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) using a 7 nm FinFET process. 

SeriesQualcomm Snapdragon
CodenameCortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 485)

Series: Snapdragon Cortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 485)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 « - 2.96 GHz8 / 8 cores5 MB L3 Cortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 485)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus compare - 2.96 GHz8 / 8 cores5 MB L3 Cortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 485)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 compare2.84 GHz8 / 8 cores5 MB L3 Cortex-A76 / A55 (Kryo 485)
Clock Rate <=2960 MHz
Level 2 Cache1.8 MB
Level 3 Cache5 MB
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 8
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)5 Watt
Manufacturing Technology7 nm
FeaturesX24 LTE Modem, Adreno 640 GPU
GPUQualcomm Adreno 640 (250 - 675 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date07/04/2019
Product Link (external)


Performance Rating - Geekbench 5.5, PCM Work, Sling Shot Physics, Antutu v8 CPU
1 pt (75%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Storage 2.0 score
min: 22301     avg: 23526     median: 23526 (37%)     max: 24751 Points
Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
1.9 Watt (2%)
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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