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Previously, we did the Snapdragon 765 vs Snapdragon 855 comparison, and SD 855 was victorious. However, let’s see if the gaming variant of the new Snapdragon 7 series can beat it. The successor of the Snapdragon 730G is the first SoC to feature 5G networking on the upper-mid end category based on the same 7nm process similar to the high-end SD 865. The only difference is that it’s based on LPP EUV while SD 865 is the first to use TSMC’s N7P process. Moreover, SD 765 has an integrated modem but the external modem of SD 865 is questionable. Moreover, with the core power distribution lesser than SD 865, we might witness the most durable, power-efficient SoC of all. Well, let’s see how the gaming variant of the Snapdragon 765 stands out when compared with the ancestor of SD 865, the Snapdragon 855. So, let’s head to the battle between Snapdragon 765G vs Snapdragon 855:
1 x Kryo 475 Gold Cortex-A76 @2.2 GHz
6 x Kryo 475 Silver Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
3 x Kryo 485 Cortex-A76 @2.4 GHz
4 x Kryo 485 Silver Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
(192 MP single camera /
22 MP at 30fps Dual Camera with MFNR/ZSL)
22 MP at 30fps dual camera with MFNR/ZSL)
External: X50 5G (5G only: download up to 5 Gbit/s)
Snapdragon 765G was released a couple of days back on December 7th along with SD 765 and SD 865. It takes advantage of releasing after almost a year since the release of Snapdragon 855. Thus, that is why the SoC is the first to provide 5G networking to the upper-mid end category of smartphones. Not just that features much better lithography than Snapdragon 855. Compared to the standard SD 765, the ‘G’ similar to 730G is the gaming variant with the gaming optimizations done as well as slightly higher CPU and much higher GPU performance.
Snapdragon 855 was released in late 2018 (December 5) and the first smartphone to feature it arrived in early 2019. Since the concept of 5G was new at that time, it first was the first Qualcomm 5G SoC with the integrated modem.
Comparing the technology process SD 765G vs SD 855, Snapdragon 765G is based on Samsung’s latest 7nm LPP EUV process. The previous-gen (Snapdragon 730) was based on the Samsung 8nm LPP process, so compared to that it’s a significant improvement as we are getting 7nm as well as the EUV mapping. EUV process enables better power management by leveraging extreme ultraviolet wavelengths to print finer circuits and develop faster and more power-efficient processors.
Meanwhile, Snapdragon 855 uses the basic 7nm LPP process which defined the top SoC at its time of release.
For the First Time, A 7 series SoC has a much advanced process technology than 8 series
Since Snapdragon 865 is out, Snapdragon 855 and 855+ are no longer the company’s top SoCs. We believe that it’s the same tactic they applied when the Snapdragon 7 series was released in 2018 with the Snapdragon 710 based on 10nm which was the same process as of that year’s top-performing Snapdragon 845. It was about to be replaced with SD 855 which was based on the 7nm process. This time the tactic is much better since SD 765G is not only 7nm but also better than SD 855 because of EUV.
Snapdragon 765G uses a Kyro 475 CPU based on a seemingly odd tri-cluster design (1+1+6) which is new in this 7 series. It hasn’t moved to Cortex-A77 but consists of the one high-performance processor which is the new Kryo Prime Cortex-A76 running @2.4GHz, another Cortex-A76 but based on Kryo Gold running @2.2GHz and six energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores running @1.8GHz. The standard version which is SD 765 has the same configuration but the Kryo Prime frequency is @2.3GHz.
Moving From Dual-Cluster to Tri-Cluster, Along with the Introduction of Kyro Prime is a Nice Improvement Compared to SD 730. However, the difference of 100MHz isn’t that much of a difference between SD 765 and 765G
The Snapdragon 855 uses a Kryo 485 CPU based on a semi-custom ARM Cortex technology. It’s a tri-cluster (1+3+4) design consisting of Cortex A76 core at 2.84GHz, three Cortex-A76 cores at 2.42GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz. This can achieve up to 45% improvement in performance compared to the flagship platform of the previous generation.
Now in terms of raw performance, Snapdragon 765G is a slight improvement over Snapdragon 730 since it has a prime core while the rest cores remain the same. Combined with the 7nm EUV process let us say that it’s a 10% improvement in the CPU performance.
Qualcomm Planned To Make SD 765G The Most Power-Efficient Gaming SoC
Now, when compared to the Snapdragon 855, the SD 855 is more powerful than SD 765G, this is because of the better high-performance core which is Kryo 485 almost 440MHz higher than SD 765G and three mid-performance core which has frequency even higher than the highest core of SD 765G. SD 855 is a performance beast meanwhile, Qualcomm has planned SD 765G to be the best power-efficient processor to date. So, we have two ways to go to: for better performance, we get SD 855 and for better power management we get SD 765G. But in this section we are talking about the performance lead so the winner is:
Moving to the GPU part of this Snapdragon 765G vs Snapdragon 855 comparison, SD 765G has upgraded its GPU from Adreno 618 to 620. Moreover, it’s overclocked as well compared to the standard SD 765 (18% better graphics). The 765G’s Adreno 620 GPU has 38% better performance than the Adreno 618 in the 730. And don’t forget about the gaming optimizations done for this SoC. This is much better than the CPU improvement we just talked about in the above section.
The Qualcomm Adreno 640 ~675 MHz GPU present in the Snapdragon 855 offers graphics processing speeds up to 20% faster compared to previous generations while maintaining the industry-leading performance per watt.
Even if the Adreno 620 is present in SD 765G and is overclocked, still the GPU performance is no match for the Adreno 640 because Adreno 640 has a better process and frequency. Adreno 620 overclocked performance is barely higher than that of SD 845’s Adreno 430, only if we combine it with the 7nm EUV process. However, in terms of energy-efficiency SD 765G promises to deliver the best power optimization in graphical performance under the same upper mid-end category. So, Snapdragon 855 might provide a short smooth higher fps gameplay but SD 765G will provide slightly smoother but longer gameplay.
With the release of Redmi K30 with SD 765G, we have its AnTuTu Benchmark with us.
As you can see Redmi K30 scores around 302,847 points.
We will compare this with Sony Xperia 1 which contains the Snapdragon 855 processor.
Sony Xperia 1 scores 424,320 points, beating SD 765G with almost 124,000 points that’s a huge difference.
Snapdragon 765G supports 5G networking and is the first upper-mid SoC to provide this networking. Snapdragon 765G integrating the X52 modem (internal) gives 5G download up to 3.7 Gbit/s and upload up to 1.6 Gbit/s. Moreover, it also supports Global 5G networking consisting of sub-6 GHz in Europe and Asia and mmWave 5G in the US.
SD 765G is the first 5G integrated modem gaming SoC
Meanwhile, Snapdragon 855 has an integrated X24 LTE modem for 4G only. 5G is only possible if the manufacturer decides to use the external X50 modem which gives a download rate of 5 Gbit/s and indeed consumes more power and occupies more space. Another minor aspect is that SD 855 supports Bluetooth 5.1 and SD 765 supports Bluetooth 5.0.
Snapdragon 765G incorporates the latest Hexagon 696 Processor for AI tasks and operations. Snapdragon 855 had the previous version which was Hexagon 690. In terms of AI performance, SD 855 is slightly better than Snapdragon 765G with a TOPs score of 7 vs 5.3 respectively. We do have to miss Qualcomm Hexagon Voice Assistant and Qualcomm All-Ways Aware technology replaced with Qualcomm Sensing Hub in SD 765G.
SD 765G has Spectra 355 with 2x ISP and SD 855 has Spectra 380. Both support max single camera support up to 192MP. However, Spectra 355 can record HDR 10+ meanwhile, Spectra 380 plays HDR 10+ videos. Spectra 355 also has 4K HDR video capture with portrait mode. Spectra 380 has HEIF photo capture mode as well. Thus, both SoCs have different features from each other so let’s consider this one a tie.
It looks like we won’t see SD 855 in 2020, maybe one or two flagships with SD 855+. Thus, the price of SD 855 will start to fall. The phone incorporating the SD 855 might range from around 350 to 400 USD in 2020. It would most probably be gaming phones such as Redmi K30 and so on.
Whereas, Snapdragon 765G which is the first upper-mid end 5G and 7nm EUV SoC might benefit the manufacturer and provide a reason for the price increase. Considering, that flagships such as Reno 2 featured the previous generation which was SD 730 and 730G, we might expect the price range to be around $400+ USD, depending on which manufacturer it is. Thus, in 2020 it is possible to get a much better performing high-end smartphone of 2019 than 2020’s upper-mid 5G smartphone in terms of price.
For the first time, a 7 series SoC smartphone will be expensive than the 8 series SoC smartphone
Concluding this Snapdragon 765G vs Snapdragon 855 comparison, it depends on the user to select if he wants a high-performance SoC or the power-efficient SoC. Moreover, it also depends on the option of selecting 5G networking or 4G networking. The price difference will be slightly greater this time.
Considering gaming, Snapdragon 855 might be a better option for fast and smooth gaming on FHD or 2K resolution with high graphics. However, if you are more concerned about the battery timings and longer gameplay, 5G networking Snapdragon 765G is your option.
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