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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform is a high-end smartphone and tablet SoC that Qualcomm announced in December 2019. The SoC integrates a fast ‘Prime Core’ that clocks up to 2.84 GHz and three further fast ARM Cortex-A77 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 difference to the older Snapdragon 855 is the switch from Cortex-A76 to the faster Cortex-A77 architecture. The clock speeds stay the same. 

Therefore, the Snapdragon 865 takes the top spot in mobile processors for Android based systems. In some multi-core workloads, the SD865 can even perform on par with the Apple A13 SoC. Single thread, however is still a strong suit of the Apple SoCs.

Compared to the previous generations, the Snapdragon 865 does not integrate an LTE modem anymore, but has to be paired with the new X55 5G modem, that also supports LTE Cat 24/22. The Wi-Fi module however is still integrated and called FastConnect 6800 with support for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and 8x8 MU-MIMU and 60 GHz 802.11ay with up to 10 Gbps. Bluetooth 5.1 is also supported including aptX Adaptive.

The integrated GPU is now called Adreno 650 and should offer 20% more performance than the Adreno 640 in the Snapdragon 855.

The on board Hexagon 698 DSP now offers an improved KI performance of up to 15 TOPS (up from 7 TOPS in the 855) and still uses a combination of CPU, GPU, HVX and Tensor cores. The Spectra 480 ISP is now also significantly faster. The integrated Computer Vision Engine (CV-ISP) now supports Dolby Vision, 8K videos and 200 megapixel photos.

The built-in memory controller now supports LPDDR5 with up to 2,750 MHz and LPDDR4X with 2,133 MHz.

The Snapdragon 865 is manufactured at TSMC in the new improved 7nm process (N7P, DUV-based). The process offers a 7% higher performance or 10% less power consumption compared to the old N7 process.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G

► remove from comparison Qualcomm SD 870

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile Platform (SM8250-AC) is a high-end smartphone and tablet SoC that Qualcomm announced in mid 2021. The SoC integrates a fast ‘Prime Core’ that clocks up to 3.2 GHz and three additional ARM Cortex-A77 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. Compared to the similar and older Snapdragon 865+, the Prime Core clocks 100 MHz faster and the GPU is slightly higher clocked.

Therefore, the Snapdragon 870 is slightly faster than the old Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus and slots in behind the high end Snapdragon 888.

The Mobile Platform integrates a Qualcomm X55 5G modem with Sub-5 and mmWave support and global 5G bands with up to 7.5 GBit/s (download) speed. The SmartConnect 6800 modem supports Wi-Fi 6 with 8x8 MU-MIMU and 60 GHz 11ay up to 10 Gbps. 

The integrated GPU is still called Adreno 650 and offers a slightly higher clock speed of 670 MHz.

The on board Hexagon 698 DSP now offers a KI performance of up to 15 TOPS (up from 7 TOPS in the 855) and still uses a combination of CPU, GPU, HVX and Tensor cores. The Spectra 480 ISP is also untouched. The integrated Computer Vision Engine (CV-ISP) now supports Dolby Vision, 8K videos and 200 megapixel photos.

The built-in memory controller supports LPDDR5 with up to 2,750 MHz and LPDDR4X with 2,133 MHz.

The SoC is manufactured in the modern and power efficient 7nm process.

ModelQualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
SeriesQualcomm SnapdragonQualcomm Snapdragon
CodenameCortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Series: Snapdragon Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G2.42 - 3.2 GHz8 / 87 MB Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) compare2.42 - 3.1 GHz8 / 84 MB Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 8652.42 - 2.84 GHz8 / 84 MB Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G2.42 - 3.2 GHz8 / 87 MB Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus) compare2.42 - 3.1 GHz8 / 84 MB Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8652.42 - 2.84 GHz8 / 84 MB Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Clock2420 - 2840 MHz2420 - 3200 MHz
L1 Cache1 MB
L2 Cache1.8 MB1.8 MB
L3 Cache4 MB7 MB
Cores / Threads8 / 88 / 8
TDP5 Watt5 Watt
Technology7 nm7 nm
FeaturesAdreno 650 GPU, Spectra 480 ISP, LPDDR5 2750 MHz / LPDDR4X 2133 MHz Memory ControllerAdreno 650 GPU, Spectra 480 ISP, LPDDR5 2750 MHz / LPDDR4X 2133 MHz Memory Controller
iGPUQualcomm Adreno 650 (250 - 587 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 650 ( - 670 MHz)
ArchitectureARMARM
Announced
ManufacturerQualcomm Snapdragon SD 870

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - Geekbench 5.1, PCM Work, Sling Shot Physics, Antutu v8 CPU - SD 865
54.3 pt (93%)
Performance Rating - Geekbench 5.1, PCM Work, Sling Shot Physics, Antutu v8 CPU - SD 870
55.3 pt (94%)
min: 3296     avg: 4973     median: 5281 (66%)     max: 5793 Points
min: 3318     avg: 4837     median: 5357 (78%)     max: 5784 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
100%
1 SD 865 +
min: 3576     avg: 3816     median: 3918 (32%)     max: 3954 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
100%
1 SD 865 +
min: 4592     avg: 4779     median: 4742 (43%)     max: 5003 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
100%
1 SD 865 +
min: 17346     avg: 18106     median: 18163 (36%)     max: 18810 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
100%
1 SD 865 +
min: 8818     avg: 9056     median: 9174 (18%)     max: 9175 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
100%
1 SD 865 +
min: 10610     avg: 10878     median: 10921 (29%)     max: 11104 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
0 Points (0%)
3802 Points (77%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 SD 870 +
11133 Points (17%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 SD 870 +
4633 Points (72%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 SD 870 +
12645 Points (31%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 4261     avg: 4281     median: 4278 (49%)     max: 4304 Points
min: 4354     avg: 4450     median: 4411 (51%)     max: 4584 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 13186     avg: 13396     median: 13356 (16%)     max: 13589 Points
min: 10974     avg: 12029     median: 11658 (14%)     max: 13456 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
100%
1 SD 865 +
932 Points (47%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
100%
1 SD 865 +
3450 Points (11%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 0     avg: 2031     median: 2032.5 (2%)     max: 2911 ms
min: 1055     avg: 1384     median: 1447 (2%)     max: 1744 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
312.5 ms (3%)
312.9 ms (3%)
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 14606     avg: 22518     median: 23734 (25%)     max: 31224 Points
min: 20543     avg: 32852     median: 33694 (35%)     max: 41256 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 97     avg: 106.7     median: 104 (28%)     max: 127 Points
min: 99     avg: 130.6     median: 127 (35%)     max: 155 Points
min: 92692     avg: 96369     median: 95393 (80%)     max: 101022 Points
min: 81684     avg: 89772     median: 92809 (75%)     max: 94824 Points
min: 204986     avg: 219028     median: 211196 (39%)     max: 240902 Points
min: 177606     avg: 180496     median: 181073 (66%)     max: 182809 Points
min: 573296     avg: 585665     median: 588115 (57%)     max: 595585 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile CPU Tests
100%
1 SD 870 +
5196 Points (1%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Work Score 3.0
11610 Points (63%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Computer Vision
min: 6478     avg: 8077     median: 6893 (36%)     max: 11637 Points
8148 Points (43%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Storage
min: 21645     avg: 24717     median: 24097 (65%)     max: 28841 Points
20550 Points (55%)
min: 10060     avg: 11688     median: 11166 (73%)     max: 14315 Points
14754 Points (74%)
PCMark for Android - PCM f. Android Storage 2.0 score
100%
1 SD 870 +
min: 23543     avg: 25638     median: 26407 (72%)     max: 26922 Points
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
100%
1 SD 870 +
min: 719     avg: 769     median: 756 (33%)     max: 844 Points
Power Consumption - Geekbench 5.4 Power Consumption 150cd *
100%
1 SD 865 +
4.4 Watt (20%)
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96%
1 SD 870 +
min: 4.07     avg: 5.9     median: 5.1 (23%)     max: 10.2 Watt
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd *
100%
1 SD 865 +
2.3 Watt (9%)
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104%
1 SD 870 +
min: 0.875     avg: 1.8     median: 1.4 (5%)     max: 3.37 Watt
00.20.40.60.70.91.11.31.51.71.822.22.42.62.833.13.33.5Tooltip

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 → 100% n=20

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G → 105% n=20

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