The Snapdragon 700 and 800 series from Qualcomm are two of the industry-leading mobile SoC series. It is well-known for providing flagship-grade, innovative, and top-notch performance. Whereas the Snapdragon 700 series is known for providing almost flagship-level performance with aggressive pricing. The Snapdragon 800 series is in the game for quite a long time. But the Snapdragon 700 series came into recognition when Qualcomm stopped proving further improved SoCs in the Snapdragon 600 series.
But then the mobile manufacturing companies recognised that if they have to improve the performance of their smartphones even further, then they have to go with the Snapdragon 700 series SoCs. And then processors like Snapdragon 710, Snapdragon 712 get their bulk debut in smartphones. And now the story is on that level that the Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G are the first-ever SoCs in the budget to have 5G connectivity.
As I stated earlier, the Snapdragon 700 series provides almost flagship performance. Now the question arises how much will there be the difference. And for that, we are going to compare the Snapdragon 765G with not just the current-gen flagship, Snapdragon 865 but also with the flagship processors from previous generations, i.e. Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 845. It means this comparison is about Snapdragon 765G vs 865 vs 855 vs 845. So let’s get started.
Snapdragon 765G vs 865 vs 855 vs 845 Specifications Comparison
|Snapdragon 765G||Snapdragon 865||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 845|
|Announced||December 4, 2019||December 4, 2019||December 4, 2018||December 5, 2017|
|CPU|| Octa-core (1x Kryo 475 (A76) Prime 2.4 GHz
1x Kryo 475 Gold (A76) @2.2GHz
6x Kryo 475 Silver (A55) @1.8 GHz)
|Tri-cluster, octa-core (1x Cortex-A77 (Kryo 585) @2.84 GHz
3x Cortex-A77 (Kryo 585) @2.4 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 (Kryo 385) @1.8 GHz)
|Tri-cluster octa-core (1x Kryo 485 @2.84 GHz
3x Kryo 485 @2.42 GHz
4x Kryo 385 @1.78 GHz)
|Dual-cluster, octa-core (4x Kryo 385 Gold @2.8 GHz
4x Kryo 385 Silver @1.7 GHz)
|GPU||Adreno 620||Adreno 650||Adreno 640||Adreno 630|
|Process||TSMS 7nm EUV||TSMS 7nm EUV (N7P)||TSMS 7nm (N7)||TSMS 8nm|
|AI||Hexagon 696 DSP
Qualcomm Sensing Hub
Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX)
|Qualcomm Hexagon 698 with Hexagon Vector eXtensions and new Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
5th generation AI Engine
Qualcomm Sensing Hub
|Qualcomm Hexagon 690 with Hexagon Vector eXtensions and Hexagon Tensor Accelerator
4th generation AI Engine
|Hexagon 685 DSP|
|RAM||12GB, LPDDR4X||LPDDR5||LPDDR4X||8GB, LPPDDR4X|
|Modem||Integrated 5G X52 Modem
D/L Speed: 3.7Gbps (5G), 1.2 Gbps (LTE)
U/L Speed: 1.6 Gbps (5G), 216Mbps (LTE)
External 5G Modem
D/L speed 7.5Gbps (5G), 2.5Gbps (4G LTE)
U/L speed 3Gbps (5G), 316Mbps (4G LTE)
NSA, SA, TDD, FDD
|Snapdragon X50 External 5G modem
D/L speed 5Gbps (5G), 2Gbps (LTE)
U/L speed 316 Mbps
D/L speed 1.2 Gbps (LTE cat.18)
U/L speed 150 Mbps (LTE cat.13)
|Antutu v8||302,847 points||545,354 points||440,300 points||349,156 points|
|ISP||Spectra 355 ISP||Spectra 480 dual-core ISP||Spectra 380 dual-core ISP||Spectra 280 ISP|
Manufacturing Process & CPU
Among all these four competitors, only the Snapdragon 845 is manufactured over the 10nm LPP node or otherwise, there is a trend of 7nm fabrication here. But it’s not just the same 7nm fabrication. Ther Snapdragon 765G and 865 have the 7nm EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) fabrication, and the Snapdragon 855 has the standard 7nm LPP fabrication. The EUV fabrication is the best among these, then the LPP version and then the 10nm manufacturing of the Snapdragon 845.
Except for Snapdragon 845, all the processors have tri-cluster design. In Snapdragon 845 there are four Cortex-A75 cores at 2.8GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz for handling heavy and light tasks respectively. Whereas the Snapdragon 765G has one prime Cortex-A76 core at 2.4GHz for most substantial tasks, one Cortex-A76 core at 2.2GHz for medium to massive tasks and six Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz for light tasks.
The story of Snapdragon 865 and 855 is quite similar. They have a 1+3+4 distribution of cores. The Snapdragon 855 has one prime Cortex-A76 core at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A76 cores at 2.42GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz. In the case of Snapdragon 865, everything is the same except the microarchitecture. In Snapdragon 865 there are Cortex-A77 based cores instead of A76 in Snapdragon 855.
Gaming & GPU
This section has a wide variety of Adreno GPUs as every SoC uses different generations of in-house GPUf from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 765G has Adreno 618 GPU with 550MHz frequency, the Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU at 710MHz, the Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 640 at 587MHz, and the Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU at 585MHz. All the GPUs belong to Adreno 600 series and are capable of providing excellent gaming experience. But as of this comparison, the nomenclature of the GPUs is already telling the story of their performance.
The Adreno 618 in the Snapdragon 618 is the least performing GPU and the Adreno 650 in the Snapdragon 865 is the best performing GPU. Except, the Snapdragon 845, all the processors support Qualcomm Elite Gaming which is a software-based game-enhancing feature from the company.
Now the AI section, which is responsible for better performance in photography, videography, device security, and device optimisation. The Snapdragon 765G has the Qualcomm Hexagon 696 DSP which makes the processor reach up to 5.5 Trillion Operations Per Second (TOPS). The Snapdragon 845 has Hexagon 685 DSP. And as far as Snapdragon 855 and 865 are concerned, they have Hexagon 690 and 698 DSPs with speeds of 7TOPS and 15TOPS.
Qualcomm had never talked about the Snapdragon 845’s AI processing speeds and this might be because, at the time when it was launched, there was not much talk about AI in the air. But as per the generation of the DSP, we can easily confirm that the Snapdragon 845 can’t outperform 765G in AI. The order of AI performance is just as the name of their DSPs.
Discussing the AnTuTu v8 scores of these processors. The Snapdragon 765G has scored the least with a score of 3,02,847 after which the Snapdragon 845 comes with a 3,49,156 score. With a considerable jump one lakh scores, the Snapdragon 855 has scored 4,40,300 points and at last the highest performing SoC, the Snapdragon 865 has scored 5,45,354 points.
Coming to the Geekbench v5 scores of the processors. The Snapdragon 765G is currently not available over Geekbench in v5 benchmarking although in v4.2 it has got 2,129 Single-Core Scores and 5,279 Multi-Core Scores. Coming back to v5, the Snapdragon 845 has scored 510 Single-Core and 2,073 Multi-Core scores. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 855 has secured 732 points in Single-Core Scores and 2,578 in Multi-Core Scores. The highest performing is the Snapdragon 865 with 928 Single-Core Scores and 3,433 Multi-Core Scores.
Camera & Optics
ISPs play a major role in image and video processing. The better the ISP, the better and faster will be the processing of the video. The Snapdragon 865, 855, 765G, and 845 comes with Spectra 480, 380, 355, and 280 ISP. The Spectra 480 and 380 ISPs are a bit more advanced due to being Computer Vision (CV) ISPs. The Computer Vision combines with the Qualcomm’s ISPs makes them perform and recognise the things better like fast and efficient video recording and bokeh-simulated videos. The Spectra 480 ISP is even able to shoot an unlimited length of 960fps slow-motion videos in 720p which is at 480fps in the rest of the ISPs in this comparison.
Snapdragon 865 and 855 supports 22-megapixel and 25-megapixels of dual cameras and 48-megapixels and 64-megapixels in single-camera respectively. They can also higher in single-camera resolutions, i.e. 192-megapixels in SD855 and 200-megapixels in SD865. The Snapdragon 765G, on the other hand, can have 22-megapixel dual-cameras and 36-megapixels in single cameras in typical situations. The single-camera resolution can also be increased up to 48-megapixels by compromising ZSL and up to 192-megapixels by compromising both ZSL and MFNR.
Talking about the Snapdragon 845, it can have 16-megapixels dual cameras and 32-megapixels single camera in a normal situation along with the same further increment in the single-camera resolution of 48-megapixel and 192-megapixel. Except for Snapdragon 845, all the processors support HDR10 and HDR10+ content whereas SD845 supports only HDR. Along with that, the Snapdragon 765G is the only one that can record 4k videos at 30fpsnor otherwise all are 4k, 60fps shooters.
Memory & Storage
All the processors support LPDDR4x RAMs except Snapdragon 865 which also has support for LPDDR5 type RAM storage. Talking about the RAM frequencies, the Snapdragon 765G and 855 supports 2,133MHz frequency whereas the Snapdragon 865 and 845 support 2,750MHz and 1,866MHz frequency, respectively.
In terms of display support, the refresh rate criteria something which is coming out to be an essential thing. The Snapdragon 865 can have a 144Hz display which is 120Hz in Snapdragon 855 as per the refresh rate of Asus ROG Phone 2. The Snapdragon 765G and 845 are 60Hz supporters.
Except Snapdragon 845, all the processors support 5G connectivity. The Snapdragon 765G has Qualcomm X52 modem which gives 3.7Gbps Downlink, and 1.6Gbps Uplink speeds in 5G and 1.2Gbps Downlink and 210Mbps Uplink speed in 4G. The Snapdragon 865 has X55 modem with 7.5Gbps and 3Gbps DL, and UL speeds in 5G along with 2.5Gbps DL and 316Mbps UL speeds in 4G.
The case of Snapdragon 855 is that it supports X50 5G modem which is the first-gen 5G modem from the company, provides 5Gbps 5G download speed and didn’t support 4G. For4G connectivity, the SD 845 has Qualcomm X24 LTE modem which gives the 4G speeds of 1.2Gbps in download and 318Mbps in the upload. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 845 doesn’t have any 5G support and comes with an X20 LTE modem which gives 4G speeds of 1.2Gbps in download and 150Mbps in the uploads.
Conclusion – Which One Is Better?
The Snapdragon 865 is the complete winner of the comparison, which is not a surprising thing. But what is surprising is the Snapdragon 765G which is even after being a mid-range processor, is capable of providing performance equivalent to Snapdragon 845. It is evident that it can’t perform as good as last year’s flagship but is almost equal to the second last year’s flagship chip.
Even things like 5G connectivity, new ISP and new DSP are some features in Snapdragon 765G that are better than Snapdragon 845. All because of being a processor of a later generation. The Snapdragon 865 and 855 are still in the top positions. But these comparisons prove that Snapdragon 700 series is for flagship-like performance in the budget.