We previously did an Exynos 850 vs Exynos 9611 vs Snapdragon 675 SoC comparison to check whether the new lower mid-end SoC was able to beat the old SoCs out there. Sadly, it failed to beat Snapdragon 675. So, today, we decide to compare Exynos 850 with the ancestors of the SD 675 which are Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 665. So let’s move to the Exynos 850 vs Snapdragon 660 vs SD 665 where we will be comparing the AnTuTu benchmarks, specs, and each section of the three SoCs.
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Exynos 850 release date is May 31, 2020. The first phone to use it is the Samsung Galaxy A21 and boasted about the 8nm Samsung LPP process on a budget-friendly SoC.
Meanwhile, Snapdragon 660 is relatively the oldest SoC in the list released on May 8, 2017. Back then, the integrated X12 LTE modem and use of QC 4.0 were the highlights with the introduction to NPE (Neural Processing Engine) as well. The SD was relatively known for its super clocked upper and lower cores, Spectra 160 ISP and the much improved Adreno 512 which was 30% better than Adreno 509.
Now the third SoC which is Snapdragon 665 was released on April 9, 2018. It was upgraded from the SD 662 in terms of the new Hexagon 686 DSP and a better ISP, and a stronger X12 LTE network.
The new Exynos 850 features an 8nm LPP FinFET process by Samsung. It’s the same process used in the high-end Exynos 9820.
Snapdragon 660 uses the outdated 14nm LPP FinFET process.
Snapdragon 665 has a much better 11nm LPP process compared to it’s older brother SD 660. It’s similar to the recently released SD 662.
Why the process technology matter?
It matters because this is what determines the energy-efficiency, heat dissipation, and the performance per watt of the SoC. The lower the process (in number), the better it is. Since, Exynos 850 has a way better process skipping 10nm, while SD 665 and SD 660 are on the old 11nm and 14nm process, we have Exynos 850 as the winner in this section.
Exynos 850 has an octa-core design and a seemingly odd core distribution which is a single cluster (8) of eight energy-efficient Cortex A55 running @2.0GHz. Sadly, there’s no high-performance Cortex A76. So, we can expect that this SoC is made for the budget-friendly energy efficient phones, but let’s hope that the Cortex A55 might not limit the performance at high-performance demanding scenarios.
On the other hand, Snapdragon 660 has almost the same octa-core design with the Kryo 260 CPU (4+4) design. SD 660 is known for its super clocked four customized Cortex-A73/Kryo 260 Gold cores running at a freaking @2.2GHz and four customized Cortex-A53/Kryo 260 Silver cores running @1.83GHz. Like said previously, at that time, this was considered mid-end performance with the 14nm LPP process.
Snapdragon 665 uses the same dual-cluster (4+4) octa-core Kryo 260 CPU as the Snapdragon 660 but with lower clock speed. The Kryo 260 is made up of 4 x Cortex-A73 cores at 2.0 GHz and 4 x cores Cortex-A55 with a maximum speed of 1.7 GHz.
Well, we would be having different winners in this section, based on the scenario. At low and mid-performance, Exynos 850 will win thanks to the latest Cortex A55 cores which are running at 2.0GHz. This is the highest lower clock speed for A55 cores I have seen. Plus we have the 8nm process working with the cores as well to provide maximum power-efficiency. The other two SoCs have an outdated Cortex A53 cores with a slightly lower clock speed.
However, at high performance, SD 665 will be the winner here, even though SD 660 has a higher clock speed of both the high-performance Cortex A73 cores as well as the low power Cortex A55 cores. This is because of the process difference between these two SoC, where SD 665 ultimately has a way better process. As for Exynos 850, it doesn’t have a Cortex A73 or A75 core.
The GPU of the Exynos 850 is ARM Mali G52. The cores haven’t been specified but we believe it is the MP6 version with 6 cores. The frequency of the cores is also unknown. Since this SoC is in the low-end category, one can expect to run entry-level and mid-performance demanding games at the lowest settings.
Snapdragon 660 uses Adreno 512. It’s the most powerful GPU in the Adreno 5xx series.
In the graphic department, the Snapdragon 665 has an Adreno 610 GPU with no gaming optimizations. Compared to the previous generation it is 30% better than Adreno 512 in terms of graphical performance.
Comparing the three GPUs, Exynos 850’s GPU can easily beat Adreno 512, but is slightly behind the Adreno 610 of SD 665.
Samsung Exynos 850 doesn’t have a dedicated NPU. On AI-Benchmark the score of Exynos 850 isn’t mentioned, but we believe that it will be in bottom 10.
Snapdragon 660 has Hexagon 680 as the DSP which is the same as SD 636. Thanks to the Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX), designed to support Caffe2 and Tensorflow for machine learning and image processing, it was one of the first steps in NPE (neural processing engine). Still, we don’t see any sign of AI capabilities in it. Its successor (SD 665) was the first AI-powered SoC in the 6xx series. On AI-Benchmark it scores 3267 points which is the half of the below mentioned SD 665.
The Snapdragon 665 was launched in 2019, so it has a small update in this section with the Hexagon 686 DSP engine, which is an updated version of the Hexagon 685. It has a Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) for images and advanced computing. On AI Benchmark, it scores around 6,722 points.
Since the only true AI SoC among the three is Snapdragon 665, we already have an easy winner here in this section.
The rumored AnTuTu v8 score of Exynos 850 on Samsung A21 is around 140,000 to 170,000 points.
Snapdragon 665 on the Vivo Y50 (4+128GB) scores around 170,500 points on AnTuTu v8.
Snapdragon 660 on HiSense A6L (6+128GB) scores around 165,400 points on AnTuTu v8.
All three SoCs doesn’t support 5G networking.
Exynos 850 supports 4G networking with Cat 13 UL (150 Mbps) and Cat 7 DL (300 Mbps). It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and
Snapdragon 660 and 665 has the X12 LTE modem (Cat 12 DL up to 600 Mbit/s and Cat 13 UL up to 150 Mbit/s). Both of the SoCs have Bluetooth 5, WiFi 5, USB 3.1, and a better WiFi speed supporting up to 867 Mbit/s of download speed.
Since the download speed of SD 660 and 665 are almost 2x higher, we have a tie in between SD 660 and SD 665.
In terms of imaging, Exynos 850 supports 1080p 60fps video recording, and 21.7MP rear single camera or 16MP + 5MP dual camera, and also supports HEVC / h.265 encoding.
SD 660 has Spectra 160 along with Dual ISPs supporting dual camera up to 16MP and a single camera up to 48MP, as well 25MP.
The Snapdragon 665, which has an ISP Spectra 165 equally of 14 bits 2x. It supports up to 16MP and 25MP dual cameras in a single camera. Qualcomm has also added the unique 48MP camera sensor with the use of MFNR.
As you can see that the ISP of SD 665 is slightly better than SD 660 because of supporting better resolution sensors in dual cameras. Sadly, Exynos 850 is behind in terms of both max single camera support and max dual-camera support.
Since this is Exynos we are talking about, Exynos 850 and Exynos 9611 will be limited to Samsung phones only. The first phone to use it is Samsung Galaxy A21 and is priced at $223. This categorized the phone and SoC in the low-end category.
Meanwhile, Snapdragon 660 at the time of its use in Redmi Note 5 Pro and other phones were priced around $160 to $230. However, we won’t see any new releases with SD 660 because it’s around 2 to 3 years old.
SD 665 which was recently announced a few months back in the Vivo Y50 is priced around $250.
If you are able to find a new SD 660, which isn’t possible in 2020, SD 660 will be the cheapest among all three SoCs. However, concerning the price-to-performance ratio, the winner will be Snapdragon 665.
The new Exynos 850 might be Samsung’s best energy-efficient phone, however, for smartphones, energy-efficiency isn’t the only thing that matters, high-performance at specific times, AI, and better graphics also matters. In terms of raw performance, CPU, GPU, AnTuTu scores, camera, and connectivity, Snapdragon 675 leads the way among these three SoCs.
Exynos 850 (2 Points) | Snapdragon 660 (2 points) | Snapdragon 665 (6 points)
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