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Snapdragon 820 benchmarked

In the first half of 2016, the first devices with the new high end SoC called Snapdragon 820 are supposed to appear. Qualcomm has now finished its developing devices and allowed us to run first benchmark tests on the high-end SoC.

In a benchmarking event from Qualcomm we had the chance to test the next generation top model of the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. The Snapdragon 820 was incorporated into a development platform from Qualcomm. This oversized smartphone is meant for hardware and software developers and internal use. Final products with the Snapdragon 820 are expected for the first half of 2016. According to Qualcomm, the MDP/S (Mobile Development Platform Smartphone) is still in a relatively early state. Thus the benchmarks have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Moreover, the case is relatively thick and slimmer and smaller smartphones might reach a different performance due to thermal limitations.

Processor Cores

CPU-Z shows the four cores in a big.LITTLE combination and the clock speeds (idle and load) of the GPU and CPU.
CPU-Z shows the four cores in a big.LITTLE combination and the clock speeds (idle and load) of the GPU and CPU.

Qualcomm uses four newly developed Kryo cores with full compatibility to the ARMv8 ISA instruction set as processor cores. These are divided into two clusters, which can be clocked differently. The performance cluster clocks at up to 2.15 GHz and the energy-saving cluster works at up to 1.6 GHz. This is similar to the big.LITTLE concept from ARM. Please refer to our benchmark page of the Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 SoC for further information about the processor cores.

In our benchmarks with the MDP, the new CPU delivers an excellent performance. The previous Snapdragon 810 (e.g. as v2 in the OnePlus 2) is outperformed in all tests. This has been made possible by powerful single-core performance, which is on par with an Apple A9's. In the multithreading tests, the A9 can be easily left behind due to the use of all four cores. However, the higher clocked A9x in the iPad Pro still performs significantly better in both scenarios. The fast Exynos 7420 Octa (e.g. in the Galaxy S6) performs better in several tests (Smartbench or 3DMark physics tests) but is slower in Geekbench.

The concept of the quad-core processor with two fast and two frugal cores seems successful in the benchmarks. The S820 does not even need to hide in tests which can use all cores to capacity. Furthermore, the high single-core performance should be highly advantageous in everyday tasks.

Browser Performance

The performance of the web tests always depends heavily on the used web browsers. Two browsers have been preinstalled on the MDP: A current Chrome 44 (not optimized for the Snapdragon 820 yet) and a build of Chromium optimized by Qualcomm. We ran web benchmarks with both of them and the differences were partly big. However, the top smartphones with Snapdragon 810 or Exynos 7420 can be outpaced in general. But, the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro with Safari perform significantly better, since browser, platform, and SoC are perfectly adjusted to each other.

ANDEBench PRO
Platform (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
177 Points ∼65%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
272.9 Points ∼100% +54%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
Nvidia Tegra X1
271 Points ∼99% +53%
CoreMark-PRO/HPC (Base) (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
4120 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
3264 Points ∼79% -21%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
Nvidia Tegra X1
3643 Points ∼88% -12%
BaseMark OS II - System (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
3600 Points ∼58%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
2536 Points ∼41% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
3321 Points ∼53% -8%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X
6230 Points ∼100% +73%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9
3925 Points ∼63% +9%
Vellamo 3.x
Metal (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
3402 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
2526 Points ∼74% -26%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
2686 Points ∼79% -21%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
Nvidia Tegra K1
1916 Points ∼56% -44%
Multicore Beta (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
3438 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
2272 Points ∼66% -34%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
2951 Points ∼86% -14%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
Nvidia Tegra K1
2456 Points ∼71% -29%
Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
5500 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
4804 Points ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
4207 Points ∼76% -24%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X
5419 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9
4429 Points ∼81% -19%
NVIDIA Shield TV Console
Nvidia Tegra X1
4208 Points ∼77% -23%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
2376 Points ∼74%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
1140 Points ∼36% -52%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
1317 Points ∼41% -45%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X
3200 Points ∼100% +35%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9
2538 Points ∼79% +7%
NVIDIA Shield TV Console
Nvidia Tegra X1
1410 Points ∼44% -41%
AndEBench
Java (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
1945 Iter./s ∼100%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
1486 Iter./s ∼76% -24%
Native (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
19884 Iter./s ∼100%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
19441 Iter./s ∼98% -2%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
1288 Points ∼69%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
1517 Points ∼81% +18%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
1627 Points ∼87% +26%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X
1878 Points ∼100% +46%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9
1676 Points ∼89% +30%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
14358 Points ∼62%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
10985 Points ∼48% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
17400 Points ∼75% +21%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
16117 Points ∼70% +12%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X
15473 Points ∼67% +8%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9
12854 Points ∼56% -10%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
Nvidia Tegra X1
23071 Points ∼100% +61%
Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
10896 points ∼65%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
10472 points ∼62% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
13612 points ∼81% +25%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
16793 points ∼100% +54%
BaseMark OS II - Web (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
985 Points ∼82%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
923 Points ∼77% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
993 Points ∼83% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X
1091 Points ∼91% +11%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9
1199 Points ∼100% +22%
Vellamo 3.x - Browser (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
5954 Points ∼100%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
5142 Points ∼86% -14%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
4526 Points ∼76% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
4742 Points ∼80% -20%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
Nvidia Tegra K1
5513 Points ∼93% -7%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
Nvidia Tegra K1
3027 Points ∼51% -49%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
10559 Points ∼53%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
8395 Points ∼42% -20%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
6955 Points ∼35% -34%
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
9253 Points ∼47% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
7724 Points ∼39% -27%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X
19852 Points ∼100% +88%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9
15967 Points ∼80% +51%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
6310 ms * ∼96%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
2460 ms * ∼37% +61%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
6585.3 ms * ∼100% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
5066.7 ms * ∼77% +20%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X
1498.8 ms * ∼23% +76%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9
1743 ms * ∼26% +72%
Browsermark - 2.1 (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
2729 points ∼52%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
2111 points ∼40% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
1884 points ∼36% -31%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X
5268 points ∼100% +93%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9
0 points ∼0% -100%

* ... smaller is better

Graphics Performance

Only a few details of the new Adreno 530 are known. Qualcomm boasts improved performance and efficiency. All modern instruction sets for smartphones (like OpenGL ES 3.1 + AEP in Marshmallow) are supported. Please refer to our GPU page about the Qualcomm Adreno 530 for all details and current benchmarks of all test devices.

In our benchmarks, our reference system from Qualcomm shows interesting results: New and demanding benchmarks can use the Adreno 530 to capacity and achieve excellent results. However, the advantage is a bit lower in older graphics tests.

Apart from the slightly disappointing results in the relatively undemanding 3DMark Ice Storm, the graphics card can outperform the Adreno 430 in the S810, the Mali-T760MP8 in the Exynos, and the PowerVR GT7600 in the new iPhones. Only the huge graphics chip in the Apple A9X (iPad Pro), and Tegra X1 (however, we still do not have results of the new Pixel C) are faster.

GFXBench - off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
18 fps ∼56%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
11 fps ∼34% -39%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, A9X
32.4 fps ∼100% +80%
GFXBench 3.1 - off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
31 fps ∼37%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
16 fps ∼19% -48%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
18 fps ∼22% -42%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
19 fps ∼23% -39%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, A9X
83 fps ∼100% +168%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9
28 fps ∼34% -10%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
23 fps ∼28% -26%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
22.7 fps ∼65%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
15.68 fps ∼45% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
11.18 fps ∼32% -51%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1
34.74 fps ∼100% +53%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
21.6 fps ∼62% -5%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
24.6 fps ∼71% +8%
ANDEBench PRO - 3D (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
55 fps ∼92%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
31.64 fps ∼53% -42%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1
60.04 fps ∼100% +9%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
53 fps ∼88% -4%
BaseMark OS II - Graphics (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
4710 Points ∼56%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
3095 Points ∼37% -34%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
3331 Points ∼40% -29%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
2631 Points ∼31% -44%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
2457 Points ∼29% -48%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, A9X
8422 Points ∼100% +79%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9
4299 Points ∼51% -9%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
8065 Points ∼96% +71%
GFXBench 3.0 - off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
48 fps ∼60%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
24 fps ∼30% -50%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
25 fps ∼31% -48%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
23 fps ∼29% -52%
Samsung Galaxy S6
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
23 fps ∼29% -52%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
18 fps ∼22% -62%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, A9X
80.1 fps ∼100% +67%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9
38.4 fps ∼48% -20%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1
65.8 fps ∼82% +37%
NVIDIA Shield TV Console
NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1
44 fps ∼55% -8%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
32 fps ∼40% -33%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
31.2 fps ∼39% -35%
Basemark X 1.1
High Quality (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
35000 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
21533 Points ∼62% -38%
Samsung Galaxy S6
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
26140 Points ∼75% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
9252 Points ∼26% -74%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
28746 Points ∼82% -18%
Medium Quality (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
41500 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
33287 Points ∼80% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S6
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
36146 Points ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
31743 Points ∼76% -24%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
36584 Points ∼88% -12%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - 1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
91 fps ∼56%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
49 fps ∼30% -46%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
51 fps ∼31% -44%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
48 fps ∼29% -47%
Samsung Galaxy S6
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
54 fps ∼33% -41%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, A9X
163.2 fps ∼100% +79%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9
78.9 fps ∼48% -13%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1
124.2 fps ∼76% +36%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
65 fps ∼40% -29%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
66 fps ∼40% -27%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
2773 Points ∼52%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
1103 Points ∼20% -60%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
1104 Points ∼21% -60%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
846 Points ∼16% -69%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
1176 Points ∼22% -58%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, A9X
5384 Points ∼100% +94%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9
2601 Points ∼48% -6%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
2246 Points ∼30%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
2230 Points ∼30%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
1854 Points ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
1606 Points ∼21%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, A9X
7525 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9
4557 Points ∼61%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
30585 Points ∼53%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
37738 Points ∼65% +23%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
36765 Points ∼64% +20%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
31858 Points ∼55% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S6
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
28192 Points ∼49% -8%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
27549 Points ∼48% -10%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, A9X
51124 Points ∼89% +67%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9
41615 Points ∼72% +36%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1
57697 Points ∼100% +89%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
39590 Points ∼69% +29%
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
4410 points ∼97%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
4268 points ∼93% -3%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
4476 points ∼98% +1%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
4325 points ∼95% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S6
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
4489 points ∼98% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
4566 points ∼100% +4%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
4552 points ∼100% +3%

Memory Performance

The MDP from Qualcomm with the Snapdragon 820 also does not show weaknesses in the memory and flash performances. It can, for example, draw level with the iPad Pro in the BaseMark OS II memory test.

ANDEBench PRO
Memory Latency (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
3940 KOps/s ∼54%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
2152 KOps/s ∼30% -45%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1
6527 KOps/s ∼90% +66%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
7268 KOps/s ∼100% +84%
Memory Bandwidth (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
16520 MB/s ∼100%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
8520 MB/s ∼52% -48%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU, X1
9080 MB/s ∼55% -45%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
6150 MB/s ∼37% -63%
BaseMark OS II - Memory (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
2035 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
865 Points ∼43% -57%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
937 Points ∼46% -54%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
1297 Points ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
1298 Points ∼64% -36%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
Apple A9X / PowerVR Series 7XT, A9X
2027 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, A9
1124 Points ∼55% -45%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
596 Points ∼29% -71%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
12.9 MB/s ∼62%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
11.46 MB/s ∼55% -11%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
13.27 MB/s ∼63% +3%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
13.94 MB/s ∼67% +8%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
20.95 MB/s ∼100% +62%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
2.5 (min: 1.9, max: 2.6) MB/s ∼12% -81%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
0.9 MB/s ∼4% -93%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
101 MB/s ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
3.59 MB/s ∼4% -96%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
19.51 MB/s ∼19% -81%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
21.87 MB/s ∼22% -78%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
89.91 MB/s ∼89% -11%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
12.5 (min: 12, max: 13) MB/s ∼12% -88%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
11 MB/s ∼11% -89%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
142 MB/s ∼94%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
115.48 MB/s ∼76% -19%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
116.82 MB/s ∼77% -18%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
125.51 MB/s ∼83% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
151.11 MB/s ∼100% +6%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
44 (min: 40, max: 46) MB/s ∼29% -69%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
15.5 MB/s ∼10% -89%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
Qualcomm Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996
439 MB/s ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z5
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
219.84 MB/s ∼50% -50%
ZTE Axon Elite
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
209.89 MB/s ∼48% -52%
OnePlus 2
Qualcomm Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994
234.21 MB/s ∼53% -47%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa
382.97 MB/s ∼87% -13%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
105 (min: 105, max: 113) MB/s ∼24% -76%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
NVIDIA Tegra K1 Kepler GPU, K1
83 MB/s ∼19% -81%

System Performance

In system performance, the Snapdragon 820 can also outperform the S810. The performance should be sufficient for a top spot in the new Antutu v6 with 131,000 points. According to Antutu.com, the A9 in the smartphones is currently leading with 123,600 points. However, the A9x in the big iPad Pro is even significantly faster in our tests. The Exynos 7420 and the Snapdragon 810 are also far behind with about 80,000 points.

The Quadrant shows a similar ranking with the S810 and the Exynos ranking in at the bottom, too. In the BaseMark OS II total score again only the A9x performs better. It is surprising that the Tegra X1 or even the K1 are in front in AndeBench, but overall the benchmarks show an outstanding performance of the Snapdragon 820.

Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
820 MSM8996, Adreno 530
10896 points ∼65%
OnePlus 2
810 MSM8994, Adreno 430
10472 points ∼62% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S6
7420 Octa, Mali-T760 MP8
13612 points ∼81% +25%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
7420 Octa, Mali-T760 MP8
16793 points ∼100% +54%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
K1, GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU)
8890 points ∼53% -18%
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - --- (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
820 MSM8996, Adreno 530
37627 points ∼100%
OnePlus 2
810 MSM8994, Adreno 430
31148 points ∼83% -17%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
7420 Octa, Mali-T760 MP8
34729 points ∼92% -8%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
K1, GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU)
21000 points ∼56% -44%
ANDEBench PRO - Device Score (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
820 MSM8996, Adreno 530
10649 Points ∼86%
OnePlus 2
810 MSM8994, Adreno 430
9260 Points ∼75% -13%
Tegra X1 Reference Platform
X1, Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU
12347 Points ∼100% +16%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
K1, GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU)
11211 Points ∼91% +5%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
820 MSM8996, Adreno 530
131327 Points ∼71%
OnePlus 2
810 MSM8994, Adreno 430
65936 Points ∼36% -50%
Samsung Galaxy S6
7420 Octa, Mali-T760 MP8
77963 Points ∼42% -41%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X, A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx
184346 Points ∼100% +40%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
A9, A9 / PowerVR GT7600
133626 Points ∼72% +2%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE P1761
K1, GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU)
87000 Points ∼47% -34%
BaseMark OS II
System (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
820 MSM8996, Adreno 530
3600 Points ∼58%
OnePlus 2
810 MSM8994, Adreno 430
2536 Points ∼41% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
7420 Octa, Mali-T760 MP8
3321 Points ∼53% -8%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X, A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx
6230 Points ∼100% +73%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
A9, A9 / PowerVR GT7600
3925 Points ∼63% +9%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
K1, GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU)
1012 Points ∼16% -72%
Overall (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
820 MSM8996, Adreno 530
2410 Points ∼73%
OnePlus 2
810 MSM8994, Adreno 430
1681 Points ∼51% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
7420 Octa, Mali-T760 MP8
1801 Points ∼55% -25%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X, A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx
3282 Points ∼100% +36%
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
A9, A9 / PowerVR GT7600
2206 Points ∼67% -8%
NVIDIA Shield Tablet P1761W
K1, GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU)
1431 Points ∼44% -41%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MDP
820 MSM8996, Adreno 530
6590 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 2
810 MSM8994, Adreno 430
4282 Points ∼65% -35%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
7420 Octa, Mali-T760 MP8
5130 Points ∼78% -22%

Verdict

The first impressions of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 are positive. In the Mobile Development Platform (MDP) from Qualcomm, which is comparable to a small tablet, we did not observe heating or throttling problems in our tests. The benchmarks are throughout excellent despite the early development state. The old Snapdragon 810 can be significantly left behind and the current reference in the Android segment, Samsung's Exynos 7420 Octa, performs mostly worse than the S820. In the ARM world, only the A9X, which is used in the big iPad Pro, is still better than the Snapdragon 820.

It will get exciting in the first half of 2016, when the first final devices with the Snapdragon 820 will appear. At that time, it will be seen whether the S820 may be called the fastest Android SoC. If there are no major throttling issues, it will certainly be one of the best Android SoCs.

We recommend checking out our benchmark pages of the Snapdragon 820 and the Adreno 530, which are regularly updated and include the newest benchmarks.

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Klaus Hinum, 2015-12-24 (Update: 2015-12-24)