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Snapdragon 865 vs 855: Early Comparison Based on Leaks

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset will sport LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 3.0

Ever since the launch of Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm has been busy on work to develop the next generation flagship processor. Now we have news about the name of the processor like the Snapdragon 865, especially considering Qualcomm’s naming procedure from 835 to 845, 845 to 855. So an 865 after the 855 was a given, but what comes as a change is the presence of two versions for the same Snapdragon 865. Based on various leaks, here we will discuss similarities, differences and benchmarks between Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 855.

Snapdragon 865 Vs Snapdragon 855

Here’s the comparison specifications table to find out their differences.

SoCSnapdragon 865Snapdragon 855
CPU Clock SpeedUp to 3.00 GHz (Expected)Up to 2.84 GHz
CPU Architecture64-bit64-bit
GPUAdreno 730 (Expected)Adreno 640
Process7nm (Expected)7nm
Memory TypeLPDDR5xLPDDR4x
5G ChipsetSnapdragon X55Snapdragon X50
Storage TypeUFS 3.0UFS 3.0


Qualcomm is back into work to manufacture another industry leader in mobile processing dubbed as Snapdragon 865. One of the version, the more expensive one will come with integrated 5G abilities, rather than having an extra 5G chip along with the main SoC. This is what we see with the current 855 with manufacturers implementing an extra chip, depending on the fact as to whether it is being installed in a 5G device or not.

The Snapdragon 855 comes with an X24 LTE modem which can provide 2GBps download speed and 316 MBps upload speed over LTE CAT.20. The X50 5G modem becomes operational with the 855. But, Snapdragon 865 may arrive with Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem which is a single-chip multi-mode solution for 5G connectivity.

As per the trusted leaks, the two versions of SDM865 will be called Kona and Huracan. Kona is a place in Hawaii and Hurucan is Spanish for the hurricane. Which among the these will be the 5G integrated chip is still a mystery.


As for known upgrades, we here have support for LPDDR5X memory for RAM, better than the current Snapdragon 855’s LPDDR4X RAM support. Again in terms of internal storage, we have support for UFS 3.0, seen on the latest flagship from Oneplus, giving fast read and write speeds. A future snapdragon 865 devices with UFS 3.0 will make proper use of the speed on hand, probably the next Oneplus device launching in the latter part of this year.


Snapdragon 855 was launched in December last year and Qualcomm is proud of it. Especially with the integration of a prime core which can clock upto 2.84 GHz, single-core performance has boosted by 45% as compared to the 845 seen before. This prime core comes along with three ARM A76 performance cores clocking up to 2.42 GHz and four power-efficient ARM A50 processors clocked at 1.8 GHz. This gives the Snapdragon 855 a multi-core performance boost of 35% over the Snapdragon 845. In the case of Snapdragon 865, we may see CPU clock speed up to 3.00 GHz.


For graphics-intensive tasks in Snapdragon 855, we have the Adreno 640, having 50% more ALU units than the predecessor Adreno 630. But, the Adreno 730 GPU (Probably) which will be packed in the Snapdragon 865 could offer upto 30% increase in performance over the Adreno 640.


There is the 7nm built architecture, which allows 855 to be 20% more power-efficient than the previous 845. However, in terms of size, the 865 could be built on TSMS’s next-generation 7nm EUV process.


In the GeekBench benchmarking website, the Snapdragon 855 SoC scores upto 3,400 points for single-core and a multi-core score of upto 10,000 points. Recently, an unknown device code-named “QUALCOMM Kona” which is believed to be powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC spotted on the Geekbench that reveals 4149 points for the single-core performance and a multi-core score performance of 12915 points.

About Sagar Choudhury

He is a journalist at DealNTech. He writes on general Android related tech news. He contributes in other categories too. He was working for many other publications. Now a proud member of DealNTech team. He is also a good programmer and web designer. Email: sagar@dealntech.com

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