Though Snapdragon 865 Plus has just released, however, we can’t wait to compare it with the previous SD 865 and the upcoming Snapdragon 875 (from the rumors of course). What will be the technology gap we will see between the flagship level SoCs of 2020 and 2021? Let’s find out in this Snapdragon 875 vs Snapdragon 865 vs SD 865 Plus comparison:
Note: This comparison is based on the rumors on Snapdragon 875 along with some official confirmation. Once, SD 875 is official, I’ll update this article:
3 x Cortex-A77/A78 @???GHz
4 x Cortex-A55/A56 @???GHz
3 x 2.4GHz (Cortex A77)
4 x 1.8GHz (Cortex-A55)
Dual Camera, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 48 MP
Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 108 MP
Single Camera: Up to 200 MP
Dual Camera, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 24 MP
Single Camera, MFNR, ZSL, 30fps: Up to 64 MP
Hybrid AF, HDR video. multi-frame noise reduction
Spectra 480 ISP
Max Memory Size:
Snapdragon 875 release date is expected to be in Q4, 2020 (Nov-Dec). Kirin 1000 5G will release before it. However, SD 875 will start using SoC in early 2021 in smartphones.
Snapdragon 865 release date is December 4, 2019. However, the first phone featuring it was released in March 2020 (Xiaomi Mi 10 and Samsung Galaxy S20 series).
Snapdragon 865 Plus release date is July 8, 2020. The first phone featuring it was released on July 23, 2020.
Snapdragon 875 will have the latest process which is 5nm EUV developed by Samsung. Since we have reached 5nm, this means that the Cortex A77 potential will be fully reached.
Snapdragon 865 and SD 865 Plus features a 7nm N7P process. Qualcomm did miss the EUV (N7+) on SD 865 this year. However, the difference isn’t that much.
Snapdragon 875 will have the same tri-cluster, octa-core design (1+3+4) as the SD 865. However, there will be an incredible change in the high-performance core as it will be the introduction of the Cortex-X1 super core. It is rumored to beat Apple A13 Bionic in single-core performance. To be more specific, we will be seeing 1 x Cortex-X1 running @???GHz (3.2 GHz expected), 3 x Cortex-A77/A78 cores running @???GHz (2.9 or 3.0GHz expected), and 4 x Cortex A55/A56 running @??? GHz (1.9 or 2.0GHz). The CPU performance is expected to be 16% better than Snapdragon 865+.
Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus also has the tri-cluster, octa-core design. It consists of 1 x Cortex-A77 high-performance core, 3 x Cortex-A77 mid-performance cores, and 4 x Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores. The only change which differentiates both SoCs can be seen in the upper-core frequency. The maximum frequency of Snapdragon 865 is 2.9GHz, while the Plus version is running at 3.1GHz. The rest of the cores have the same frequency which is 2.4GHz and 1.8GHz, respectively. The performance difference is almost 10% and Snapdragon 865 Plus is the first SoC to cross the 3.0GHz mark.
There’s no denying that Snapdragon 875 is way ahead of the other two SoCs. The Geekbench single core of this SoC will surely be interesting.
Snapdragon 875 is expected to use the Adreno 660 has the GPU. It is expected to be based on the same process as the CPU. There would also be some gaming optimization and probably a new version of Snapdragon Elite Gaming. Moreover, the tradition of GPU driver updates will also continue in Adreno 660 as well. In comparison to Adreno 650 of the SD 865+, the performance increase in graphics is expected to be 20%.
Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus uses the previous generation which is Adreno 650. The only difference between them is that the Plus version has the overclocked variant of the GPU which gives a graphical performance increase of 10%. Moreover, it’s the first GPU that receives GPU driver updates and is optimized by Elite Gaming by Qualcomm. It also has HDR 10-bit gaming.
Snapdragon 875 is going to use Hexagon 700 as the DSP with advance AI capabilities. However, I don’t think that the AI performance will be that great since Qualcomm is concerned with overall performance, not AI performance. It might rank no.1 in AI-benchmark for a short time (we don’t believe so since the current score of no.1 SoC is too high) until beaten by Dimensity 2000 and Kirin 1000 SoCs.
Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus uses Hexagon 698 DSP. SD 865 currently (July 24, 2020) ranks at no.5 in AI-benchmark processor rankings with a score of 50.5. SD 865 Plus hasn’t been tested yet, but we believe that it will score at No.3 (expected score 53), beating Kirin 990 5G SoC and Dimensity 820 5G.
Recently a Snapdragon 875 AnTuTu leak suggested that Snapdragon 875 will have a score of 880,000 points on AnTuTu.
Snapdragon 865 AnTuTu score is 609,000 points on OPPO Find X2 Pro (12GB version).
Snapdragon 865 Plus AnTuTu score on Lenovo Legion Gaming Phone is 646,000 points.
Snapdragon 875 will be upgrading to the X60 baseband, fully compatible with 3G/4G /5G network, and support mm-wave and frequency bands below 6 GHz. As a result, we can expect the 5G DL And UL speed to increase to 9.5 Gbps and 3.5 Gbps. More optimizations will be done in 5G power saving and better 5G dual SIM global support. We might see a version with an internal modem as well.
Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus uses the X50 external baseband supporting mm-wave and 6GHz network. Moreover, the DL speed is 7.5Gbps and UL speed is 3Gbps, which are the highest at the moment.
Moving to the camera section of this Snapdragon 875 vs Snapdragon 865 vs SD 865 Plus comparison, Snapdragon 875 uses the Spectra 580 ISP. The ISP will retain the maximum single camera support which is 200MP while the dual camera support will increase to 48MP. Moreover, Full-HD slow-motion 960 fps video recording will be added along with features including advanced AI camera filters and algorithms. 8K recording will also be supported.
Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus have the same ISP which is Spectra 480. It has single camera support of 200MP and dual camera support of 24MP. Other features include Hybrid AF, HDR video, multi-frame noise reduction, 720 slow-motion 960 fps video recording, and 4K 30 fps HDR recording.
All three SoC have some things in common including WiFi 6 support, 4-stream antennas, and Bluetooth 5.2. Snapdragon 875 might bring the new version of Snapdragon Elite Gaming.
Considering the display, Snapdragon 875 will support a display up to 8K+ (since Sony is already preparing for an 8K flagship) along with refresh rate up to 160Hz. Snapdragon 865 and SD 865 Plus already support Quad-HD+ display and 144Hz screen refresh rate.
Qualcomm SoCs aren’t limited to a specific manufacturer, so we will be seeing a wide range of smartphones with huge price differences. Of course, Snapdragon 875 will be the most expensive among them all. Considering the phone prices to continue increasing, a flagship-level phone will be priced at least $500+ for bands like Realme and Xiaomi, and reach up to $1200+ for brands like OPPO and Samsung. Snapdragon 865 will be the cheapest one. It’s the price right now is stable because it is being rumored that most SD 865 Plus phones are gaming phones only.
Concluding the Snapdragon 875 vs Snapdragon 865 vs SD 865 Plus, it’s obvious that Snapdragon 875 will be the winner because of the much better process, the use of Cortex X1 super core, upgraded AI, and GPU. However, if any manufacturer manages to release a phone still using SD 865 Plus as Realme did with the X3 series using SD 855+, it surely will be the best price-to-performance phone. The user budget also matters. 5G and 4G preference will not be present since all three support 5G SoC. So, if you see any Snapdragon 875 phone under $450, just grab it!
Hope you loved this Snapdragon 875 vs Snapdragon 865 vs SD 865 Plus SoC comparison. Don’t forget to share your idea regarding SD 875 in the comment section below.
Information is taken from (1), (2), (3)