Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 980 Benchmarks

2018 was an thrilling yr for smartphone fanatics. We noticed the beginnings of almost bezel-less designs, multi-camera improvements, computational images methods to make handheld lengthy publicity sensible, ridiculously quick wired charging, the reintroduction of wi-fi charging into the mainstream, and a lot extra. Android smartphones have so many options to distinguish them, however they’re all nonetheless powered by chipsets from both Qualcomm, HiSilicon, Samsung, or MediaTek. Most Android flagships in 2018 have been powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, however in 2019 they’ll principally be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Though the brand new Qualcomm cellular platform was introduced again in December in the course of the Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm waited till CES 2019 final week to allow us to benchmark the Snapdragon 855.

We anticipate that lots of our readers are wanting ahead to those benchmark outcomes. In any case, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will very doubtless be utilized in units just like the Google Pixel four, LG G8, Samsung Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7, Xiaomi Mi 9, Sony Xperia XZ4, and rather more. How will every of those units deal with graphically intensive cellular video games? How shortly can these units churn by way of AI workloads? How will these units examine to smartphones powered by the Kirin 980 such because the Huawei Mate 20, Honor View 20, and upcoming Huawei P30? Though we will’t reply how an upcoming gadget with the Snapdragon 855 will carry out in a recreation like PUBG Cellular or Fortnite, the benchmarks we’ve executed ought to offer you a good suggestion about how the brand new Snapdragon 855 compares in efficiency to the Snapdragon 845 and Kirin 980 platforms.

We might have examined the brand new Exynos 9820, however the Samsung Galaxy S10 isn’t out there but. We’ll have to attend till February for that.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Snapdragon 845, and Kirin 980 Specs

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 845HiSilicon Kirin 980
CPU1 Kryo 485 ‘Prime’ (ARM Cortex-A76-based), as much as 2.84GHz

Three Kryo 485 (ARM Cortex-A76-based), up to 2.42GHz

four Kryo 385 (ARM Cortex-A55-based), as much as 1.8GHz

45% Efficiency enchancment over earlier era*

four Kryo 385 (ARM Cortex-A75-based), as much as 2.8GHz

four Kryo 385 (ARM Cortex-A55-based), as much as 1.8GHz

25% Efficiency enchancment over earlier era*

four ARM Cortex-A76, as much as 2.60GHz

2 ARM Cortex-A76, as much as 1.92GHz

2 ARM Cortex-A55, as much as 1.80GHz

GPUAdreno 640

20% Efficiency enchancment over earlier era*

Adreno 630

25% Efficiency enchancment over earlier era*

Reminiscence4x 16bit, 2133MHz LPDDR4X4x 16-bit, 1866MHz LPDDR4X4x 16-bit, LPDDR4X-4266
Manufacturing Course of7nm (TSMC)10nm LPP (Samsung)7nm (TSMC)

For an in depth overview of the HiSilicon Kirin 980, please learn this text. For extra particulars on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 cellular platform, learn our first particulars article and our deep-dive article.

Fast Overview of the Benchmarks We Used

  • AnTuTu: This can be a holistic benchmark. AnTuTu exams the CPU, GPU, and reminiscence efficiency, whereas together with each summary checks and, as of late, relatable consumer expertise simulations (for instance, the subtest which includes scrolling via a ListView). The ultimate rating weights are in accordance with the designer’s issues.
  • GeekBench: A CPU-centric check that makes use of a number of computational workloads like compression, search, rendering, physics and ray tracing, HDR/blurring. Some reminiscence workloads for latency and bandwidth are additionally included. The rating breakdown provides particular metrics. The ultimate rating weights are based on the designer’s issues.
  • GFXBench: Goals to simulate online game graphics rendering utilizing the newest APIs. Numerous onscreen results and high-quality textures. Newer checks use Vulkan whereas legacy exams use OpenGL ES Three.1. The metrics are frames throughout check and frames per second (the opposite quantity divided by the check size, primarily), each that are particular and never some weighted rating, which is admittedly helpful.
  • Octane, Speedometer, Jetstream: Javascript, core language options and efficiency on numerous operations; Javascript math, crypto, and search efficiency.
  • 3DMark: An intensive graphics benchmark with tons of results and physics that goals to emphasize the framerate quite a bit. The ultimate rating weights are in accordance with the designer’s issues (i.e. not FPS, and so on.)
  • AImark (Ludashi)/AI BenchMark: Checks numerous synthetic neural community (ANN) implementations. Important operations embrace dot merchandise and matrix multiplication and non-linearity features. Parallelization is vital and these benchmarks use the DSP (particularly, Hexagon Vector eXtensions [HVX] however not Tensor Accelerator).

Supply hyperlinks for every benchmark could be discovered on the finish of the article.

Benchmark Outcomes

Check Units

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Reference System
    • Android 9 Pie (Qualcomm custom-made AOSP software program)
  • Google Pixel Three XL (Qualcomm Snapdragon 845)
    • Android 9 Pie (Google Pixel OEM software program with January 2019 safety patch)
  • Honor Magic 2 (HiSilicon Kirin 980)
    • Android 9 Pie (Magic UI 2.zero/EMUI 9.zero OEM software program with December 2018 safety patch)
      • “Performance mode” in Battery settings was turned off

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Benchmark Outcomes

BenchmarkModelTrial 1Trial 2Trial ThreeCommonReference Outcomes***AnTuTu7.1.1*360,346360,409336,467352,407.Three359,000-360,500GeekBench (Single-core)four.Three.zero*Three,532Three,525Three,519Three,525.ThreeThree,500-Three,600GeekBench (Multi-core)four.Three.zero*11,19311,15211,25111,198.711,000-12,000PCMark2.zero.3710*eight,907eight,957eight,832eight,898.79,000GFxBench ES3.1 1080 Manhattan Offscreenfour.zero*71 (four,408 frames)71 (four,401 frames)71 (four,396 frames)7171GFxBench ES3.1 1080 Automotive Chase Offscreenfour.zero*42 (2,496 frames)42 (2,495 frames)42 (2,487 frames)4242GFxBench ES3.zero 1080 Manhattan Offscreenfour.zero*102 (6,321 frames)100 (6,207 frames)102 (6,326 frames)101.Three100-102GFxBench ES2.zero 1080 T-Rex Offscreenfour.zero*167 (9,353 frames)167 (9,372 frames)167 (9,353 frames)167167-1683DMark1.5.3074*5,4635,4755,4645,467.ThreeN/AAI BenchMark2.1.1*26,98926,296**26,642.527,000AImark1.5*2,7402,734**2,7372,740Octane2.zero25,20124,58224,49224,758.Three24,900-25,000Speedometer1.zero118.1117.eight117.eight117.9112-122JetStream1.1116.1115.9115.6115.9116-117

*Qualcomm pre-installed a number of benchmarks on the Snapdragon 855 reference units. These benchmarks have been modified from the Play Retailer variations to not add knowledge to the cloud. A few of these benchmarks are outdated in comparison with the Play Retailer variations.

**Trial knowledge couldn’t be obtained on account of restricted time.

***Qualcomm offered us a set of anticipated benchmark scores based mostly on their very own testing. We used this for reference solely. Qualcomm didn’t present any reference outcomes for 3DMark.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Benchmark Outcomes

BenchmarkModelTrial 1Trial 2Trial ThreeCommonAnTuTu7.1.four285,439284,727284,836285,000.7GeekBench (Single-core)four.Three.22,3722,3902,3912,384.ThreeGeekBench (Multi-core)four.Three.2eight,328eight,333eight,292eight,317.7PCMark2.zero.37169,zero559,0749,1229,zero83.7GFxBench ES3.1 1080 Manhattan Offscreen5.zero.zero61 (Three,763 frames)60 (Three,746 frames)60 (Three,747 frames)60.ThreeGFxBench ES3.1 1080 Automotive Chase Offscreen5.zero.zero35 (2,079 frames)35 (2,074 frames)35 (2,073 frames)35GFxBench ES3.zero 1080 Manhattan Offscreen5.zero.zero83 (5,174 frames)83 (5,168 frames)83 (5,151 frames)83GFxBench ES2.zero 1080 T-Rex Offscreen5.zero.zero153 (eight,542 frames)153 (eight,541 frames)152 (eight,531 frames)152.73DMark2.zero.4580four,504four,642four,448four,531.ThreeAI BenchMark2.1.27,1667,2567,1047,175.ThreeAImark1.four215201212209.ThreeOctane2.zero17,08816,97216,84116,967Speedometer1.zero95.79696.996.1JetStream1.188.Three86.787.eight87.6

HiSilicon Kirin 980 Benchmark Outcomes

BenchmarkModelTrial 1Trial 2Trial ThreeCommonAnTuTu7.1.four271,727274,133274,627273,495.7GeekBench (Single-core)four.Three.2Three,334Three,335Three,337Three,335.ThreeGeekBench (Multi-core)four.Three.29,8609,8609,7949,838PCMark2.zero.37167,5577,5587,5277,547.ThreeGFxBench ES3.1 1080 Manhattan Offscreen5.zero.zero54 (Three,319 frames)53 (Three,291 frames)53 (Three,308 frames)53.ThreeGFxBench ES3.1 1080 Automotive Chase Offscreen5.zero.zero30 (1,795 frames)30 (1,767 frames)30 (1,773 frames)30GFxBench ES3.zero 1080 Manhattan Offscreen5.zero.zero86 (5,362 frames)77 (four,768 frames)83 (5,151 frames)82GFxBench ES2.zero 1080 T-Rex Offscreen5.zero.zero71 (Three,989 frames)68 (Three,812 frames)68 (Three,829 frames)693DMark2.zero.4580Three,570Three,597Three,594Three,587AI BenchMark2.1.214,02114,00514,05114,025.7AImark1.four2,2952,3332,2952,307.7Octane2.zero20,55320,6222,088920,688Speedometer1.zero113113.four114.zero113.5JetStream1.194.eight94.194.194.four

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 vs. Snapdragon 845 vs. Kirin 980 Abstract

BenchmarkVersus Snapdragon 845Versus Kirin 980AnTuTu1.241.29GeekBench (Single-core)1.481.06GeekBench (Multi-core)1.351.14PCMarkzero.981.18GFxBench ES3.1 1080 Manhattan Offscreen1.181.33GFxBench ES3.1 1080 Automotive Chase Offscreen1.201.fourGFxBench ES3.zero 1080 Manhattan Offscreen1.221.24GFxBench ES2.zero 1080 T-Rex Offscreen1.092.423DMark1.211.52AI BenchMarkThree.691.9AImark13.161.19Octane1.461.2Speedometer1.221.04JetStream1.321.23


Listed here are some issues you need to take away from the benchmark outcomes of the Snapdragon 855 versus Snapdragon 845:

  • Qualcomm claims a 45% enchancment in CPU efficiency. Definitely, the leap to ARM Cortex-A76-based cores ought to yield a considerable efficiency bump. The 48% and 35% enhancements in GeekBench single-core and multi-core scores respectively are spectacular, and since most workloads profit from enhancements to single core efficiency, we’ll give Qualcomm the win right here.
  • Simply as Qualcomm claimed, the Adreno 640 GPU within the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 gives a few 20% leap in efficiency over the Adreno 630 GPU within the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. (See: 3DMark and GFXBench outcomes sans the outdated T-Rex check.)
  • Since PCMark measures system efficiency, it’s not shocking to see the polished Google Pixel Three XL software program barely outperform the nearly-AOSP software program on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 reference system.
  • In our interviews with Travis Lanier, Gary Brotman, and Ziad Asghar from Qualcomm, we talked concerning the difficulties of benchmarking AI efficiency. Regardless, Qualcomm used publicly obtainable AI benchmarks of their advertising for the Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm claims the Snapdragon 855 provides a Three-fold enchancment in AI efficiency over the Snapdragon 845. Relying on what AI benchmarks/ANN fashions you employ, the Snapdragon 855 undoubtedly provides a considerable AI efficiency enchancment if profiting from HVX.
  • The Snapdragon 855 does supply enhancements in reminiscence efficiency, as evidenced by the AnTuTu RAM subscore. The Pixel Three XL scored about  3400 on common whereas the Snapdragon 855 reference system scored about 4300 on common.

And listed here are our ideas on the benchmark outcomes of the Snapdragon 855 versus Kirin 980:

  • Unsurprisingly, the CPU efficiency of the Snapdragon 855 isn’t that a lot better than the Kirin 980. Each platforms use ARM Cortex-A76 and ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores, though Qualcomm customizes them a bit and each platforms have totally different core cluster configurations and clock speeds.
  • Qualcomm’s customized Adreno 640 GPU within the Snapdragon 855 trounces the ARM Mali-G76MP10 GPU within the Kirin 980 platform. Even the Adreno 630 GPU within the Snapdragon 845 outperforms the Kirin 980’s GPU. We didn’t get an opportunity to check actual video games, however from these outcomes, the Snapdragon 855 ought to be the higher platform for cellular gaming.
  • On the Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm claimed their new cellular platform provides a 2-fold enchancment in AI versus the “competition,” which we assume is the Kirin 980. Regardless of not having a devoted block for AI processing (what Huawei calls an “NPU”), Qualcomm’s enhancements in compute throughout the board permit the Snapdragon 855 to beat the Kirin 980 within the two AI benchmarks that we examined.

Advisable Studying:

Benchmarks We Used

CPU, GPU, and Reminiscence

AnTuTu Benchmark

CPU and Reminiscence

Geekbench 4
Geekbench 4


PCMark for Android Benchmark
PCMark for Android Benchmark


GFXBench Benchmark
GFXBench Benchmark
3DMark - The Gamer's Benchmark
3DMark - The Gamer's Benchmark


AI Benchmark
AI Benchmark


Octane 2.0Speedometer 1.0JetStream 1.1

Function picture by Max Weinbach. Explanations for every of the benchmarks have been offered by Mario Serrafero. Mario Serrafero additionally assisted with evaluation of the benchmarking outcomes.

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