Snapdragon 820 vs 810 vs 808


Update: We’re expecting Google to lớn announce its new Pixel & Pixel XL phones this evening, & both are mix khổng lồ be the mass-market debut of the Qualcomm SnapLong 821.

Don’t call it a sequel: Qualcomm’s Snaprồng 821 is a slightly more powerful version of its 8trăng tròn chip, with a minor bump in cloông xã speeds across the board to lớn give sầu it roughly 10% more processing performance. The 820 will continue khổng lồ be manufactured, with Qualcomilimet making very clear that this new specification is

Since it’s the same chip with the same architecture, the boost in cloông xã speed will increase power consumption, so only manufacturers making phones with high-capađô thị batteries will want to put these in their phones.

The maximum clochồng speed of the two high-power processing cores have sầu been increased from 2.2GHz up to 2.4GHz. The two lower-power cores have sầu received a bigger boost, going from 1.6GHz khổng lồ 2GHz. However, manufacturers have sầu final say over how high clock speeds go so we may not see every SnapLong 821 phone getting full power out the chip.

The Adreno 530 graphics chip has also received a slight performance increase, going from 624MHz up khổng lồ 650MHz và possibly beyond, depending on the desires of individual phone manufacturers.

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Our original article comparing the Snapdragon 8trăng tròn và its predecessors is below.

Snaprồng 820 vs 810 vs 808

Qualcomm didn’t have a great time of it last year with the SnapLong 810. Yes, the chip powered a number of top handsets, and benchmarked well. However, it was hampered by reports of overheating và performance throttling – something we saw first-h& with the likes of the Điện thoại HTC One M9.

Samsung & LG turned to other chips for their early-năm ngoái flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S6 ran on the company’s own Exynos chip, while the LG G4 took a slight step down khổng lồ the less demanding Snapdragon 808.

Qualcomm seems determined to lớn rectify those mistakes with 2016’s SnapLong 820. The chip powers the new LG G5, the Điện thoại HTC 10, & even the Samsung Galaxy S7 in certain regions.

Naturally, it’s the faskiểm tra Snaprồng yet. But how much better is it than the Snaprồng 810? Let’s take a closer look.

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What’s new on the Snaprồng 820?

The new 14nm Snaprồng 8đôi mươi has a completely different architecture khổng lồ its predecessor, the 810. It’s comprised of the X12 LTE modem, Kryo CPU, Adreno 530 GPU, Hexagon DSPhường, & Spectra ISP..

The 64-bit Kryta CPU is one of the bigger changes and will reportedly offer twice the performance of the 810.

The CPU has a maximum 2.2GHz cloông xã tốc độ and is quad-core, not octa-core. Qualcomilimet claims the reduced number of cores won’t adversely affect performance, as Android, và the majority of its apps, still aren’t optimised, nor demanding enough to need octa-core muscle.

Specifically, the spokesman at h& argued, “The most important thing to have sầu is peak single-threaded performance, as most of the time only one or two cores are active.” He added, “When most phones are playing games, web browsing, or just word processing, usually only 1.5 cores are active at any one time”.

The Adreno 530 GPU is, on paper, similarly impressive sầu và according khổng lồ Qualcomm will offer “40 per cent better performance than the 810.” As an added element of futureproofing, it’ll also include support for the recently unveiled Vulkan API as well as the more common OpenGL 3.1 used on most current Android games.

For those not in the know, Vulkan was previously known as the “Next Generation OpenGL Initiative” và is designed to lớn make it easier for developers lớn make great-looking games. It already has massive support from big names in the games industry, including Valve sầu.

Finally, the 820’s X12 LTE modem will further boost performance by adding support for Cat.12 LTE speeds.

If UK networks get on board, this means a điện thoại thông minh using the Snaprồng 820 could theoretically see speeds of up khổng lồ 600Mbps downlink, & 150Mbps upliên kết. This is a massive sầu improvement on the 810’s X10 LTE modem, which offered lower theoretical maximum tải về & upload speeds of 450Mbps và 50Mbps respectively.

The X12 is also the first modem in the world to lớn support LTE on unlicensed spectrum bands, further future-proofing the chip.

Qualcomilimet Snaprồng 8đôi mươi vs 810 vs 808 – Benchmarks

We initially tested the Snapdragon 8đôi mươi on an early custom reference Android Marshmallow phablet that was designed to reflect the internal specifications of a 2016 flagship phone. Specifically the phone ran using a Qualcomm 8đôi mươi chip và 3GB of DDR4 RAM, & came loaded with a sizeable 6.2-inch QHD display.

Running the 8đôi mươi reference device through our standard suite of benchmarks, the handset proved blisteringly fast và outpaced both the Nexus 6Phường (SnapLong 810) & Nexus 5X (SnapLong 808) we had to lớn h&.

You can see a full breakdown of how the three compared in the graphs below.

We’ve since added some real-world Snapdragon 8đôi mươi results, now that we’ve sầu had a chance to demo the final retail models of the LG G5 and Điện thoại HTC 10. The results of those tests have sầu been posted following the initial benchmark comparisons.

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SnapLong 8trăng tròn Antutu score – 820 is 54% faster than 810

AnTuTu: Snaprồng 820 (130,225), Nexus 6P (84,465), Nexus 5X (54,296)Antutu is one of the most common Android benchmarking tools và is designed to offer a general view of phones’ and tablets’ performance. The 6.0 version only recently launched và is listed by Qualcomm as one of the best available. As with many benchmarks, we can’t rule out some optimisation to lớn achieve sầu higher scores, but on this evidence Qualcomm’s 820 reference phone is 54% faster than the Nexus 6P in this demo.

SnapLong 8đôi mươi 3DMark Slingshot score – 8đôi mươi is 34% faster than the 810

3DMark: SnapLong 8đôi mươi (2,197), Nexus 6Phường (1,624), Nexus 5X (1,048)

3DMark is a GPU focused benchmarking suite designed to lớn chạy thử phones and PC graphics performance. It’s not included on Qualcomm’s danh mục of “good” benchmarks, but is fairly well-respected in PC and máy tính gaming communities và provides a useful cross-platsize reference point. Here the increase is less pronounced but still significant, with the 8đôi mươi phone outscoring the Nexus 6P’s 810 processor by 35%.

Snapdragon 8đôi mươi Geekbench 3 multi-core score – 26% increase

Geekbench: Snapdragon 820 (5,479), Nexus 6Phường (4,345), Nexus 5X (1,048)

Geekbench 3 is another general benchmarking tool that works on smartphones, tablets and PCs. It’s also, historically, one of the more abused benchmarks out there. Like 3DMark, it provides a useful reference of theoretical performance. It isn’t the most ‘real-world’ relevant thử nghiệm out there, but it is one of the most popular and focuses mainly on the CPU. Here, the 8đôi mươi is 26% faster.

Snaprồng 8đôi mươi GFXBench scores – 40% improvement in OpenGL test

GFXBench (Frames): Snapdragon 8đôi mươi (556.9), Nexus 6P (397.8), Nexus 5X (400.9)

GFXBench (FPS): Snaprồng 8trăng tròn (9.4), Nexus 6P.. (6.7), Nexus 5X (6.8)

OpenGFX is a cross-platsize benchmarking tool that measures devices’ graphical performance & render unique. It tests a GPU’s long-term performance by logging how many frames-per-second (FPS) it can handle while running sustained game-lượt thích animations for 62 seconds. The 8đôi mươi performed 40% better than the 810 on the benchmark’s demanding “Cars” animation kiểm tra.

Qualcomilimet SnapLong 8trăng tròn vs 810 vs 808 – Real World Tests

Since we first wrote this piece, the LG G5 & the Smartphone HTC 10 have sầu hit the market. Both run on the SnapLong 8trăng tròn, và so we’ve put both phones through their paces to see if our initial in-depth tests were accurate.

It’s worth pointing out that both phones utilise 4GB of RAM, which is more than our initial reference device. Both also have QHD displays, though the LG G5’s is 5.3-inches và the HTC 10’s is slightly smaller at 5.2-inches.

That being taken inlớn trương mục, the results were reassuringly similar lớn our reference SnapLong 8trăng tròn device.

The LG G5 scored 5,241 in the Geekbench 3 multi-core demo (compared khổng lồ 5,479 on the reference device), và 126,842 in AnTuTu (compared to lớn 130,225 on the reference device). As for the HTC 10, on the Geekbench 3 multi-core thử nghiệm it scored slightly lower than the LG at 5,065, but slightly higher in AnTuTu at 130,178.

SnapLong 8trăng tròn – Battery life improvements

Sadly, we didn’t get lớn check Qualcomm’s bold claims about the 820’s power efficiency improvements during the initial thử nghiệm session.

According lớn the Qualcomilimet, the Snapdragon 820 uses 30% less power than the Snapdragon 810 overall. That’s thanks to lớn efficiency improvements with the system-on-a-chip’s various components, like the Kryo CPU và Adreno GPU.

It’s also thanks khổng lồ the new manufacturing process used khổng lồ create the Snaprồng 8trăng tròn. As mentioned, the new chip is built using Samsung’s highly efficient 14nm FinFET process, compared to the comparatively lacklustre 20nm process used for the SnapLong 810.

In real-world usage, neither the Smartphone HTC 10 with its 3,000 mAh battery nor the LG G5 with its 2,800 mAh unit showed signs of spectacular gains in battery life. However, they both last solidly through a day of sustained usage, and we didn’t have any nasty surprises when using certain apps or games.

With both handsets we managed about three hours screen-on time per day, which is pretty normal. An hour Spotify streaming used up around 5 per cent for both, và watching an hour-long HD TV episode on either Netflix or BBC iPlayer with auto-brightness enabled chewed through 8-10 per cent in both instances.

Stand-by time was very good, with both phones losing just 3 percent overnight – though we have to lớn remember that the latest version of Android has its Doze feature for just such occasions.

Our conclusion: the Snaprồng 820 is indeed more efficient than the SnapLong 810 before it, but not khổng lồ a transformative degree. Phone batteries are still around the same form size, và you’ll still need to charge them every night.

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After extensive tests of the SnapLong 8đôi mươi, both in an early kiểm tra device and final hardware, we’re happy khổng lồ report that it represents a return to lớn khung for Qualcomm. We had high hopes based on the optimised reference device we used earlier in the year, where the 8trăng tròn ran great. The early benchmarks showed the the new chip to lớn be a powerhouse that offers superior general & gaming performance lớn the 810. The upgraded GPU’s support for the Vulkan API also makes the Snaprồng 8đôi mươi feel fairly futureproof.

These early impressions have sầu been vindicated by the uniformly excellent performance of the Smartphone HTC 10 & LG G5, both of which handled everything we could throw at them with ease. The power of the Snapdragon 8trăng tròn should be enough lớn ensure fluid performance for several years, unless Google pulls something exotic out of the bag in the next few Android updates.