November 25, 2020 6:28 PM
Snapdragon 875 vs 865

Snapdragon 875 vs 865: Early Comparison Based on Leaks

Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 chipset will be fabricated on TSMC’s 5nm process node

Last year, Qualcomm unveiled 2020’s flagship chipset named Snapdragon 865. And recently we got an update from Qualcomm for their flagship processor, which is the Snapdragon 865 Plus. But Qualcomm will be launching their next-gen processor by the end of this year again. That will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875. Now how of an upgrade will that be in comparison to the Snapdragon 865 powering this year’s flagship devices? Let’s take a look at it in this article.

Snapdragon 875 vs Snapdragon 865 Comparison

The Snapdragon 875 is still a few months away but there have been several leaks about it in recent times. Based on those leaks we will evaluate and see how it stacks up against the older generation.

Manufacturing process:

The Snapdragon 865 is built on a 7nm manufacturing process but this year Qualcomm is taking it up a notch by using a 5nm manufacturing processor from Samsung. The small size will result in more number of transistors and higher power efficiency. This means that the Snapdragon 875 is definitely more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 865.


Qualcomm 865 uses a tri-cluster design with an octa-core setup. That will remain the same with the Snapdragon 875 too but there will be a change in terms of the cores used. The Snapdragon 865 uses one Cortex-A77 high-performance Prime Core at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A77 gold cores at 2.42 GHz, and 4x Cortex-A55 silver power-efficient cores at 1.80 GHz. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 875 is leaked to come with one Cortex-X1 super core at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex A78 gold cores at 2.42 GHz, and four Cortex-A55 silver cores at 1.80 GHz. We can see that Snapdragon 875’s cores clock speed is the same as Snapdragon 865’s cores frequency.

However, we will see CPU performance boost as Arm says the Cortex-A78 can offer 20% more power than the Cortex-A77. Also, Cortex-X1 super powerful core will reportedly offer upto 23% improvements in terms of performance over the Cortex-A78. This is quite a lot for a mobile processor.


The Snapdragon 865 comes with the GPU Adreno 650, while the newer generation Snapdragon 875 is rumoured to come with the Adreno 660, which will be 20% better in terms of performance than the Adreno 650 used in the Snapdragon 865.

Camera and Image Processing:

The Snapdragon 865 comes with the Spectra 480 ISP which has support for a single camera of up to 200MP, a dual camera of up to 24MP. They have support for HDR video along with 4K 30fps recording. The Snapdragon 875 will go up a notch with the Spectra 580 ISP with the same support for a single camera of 200MP, but dual camera support will up a bump to 48MP. It will also provide support for 8K recording. In terms of AI too, we will see a definite improvement in image processing.


The Snapdragon 865 uses the X50 external modem which gives support for 5G connectivity in a single slot and 2G/3G/4G connectivity in the second slot. The Snapdragon 875 will come with X60 external modem which will support 5G connectivity in a single slot and 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity in the second slot. That is the Snapdragon 875 will have dual 5G SIM support.

The Snapdragon 865 has a download speed of 7.5Gbps and an upload speed of 3Gbps. The Snapdragon 875 will have a download speed of 9.5Gbps and an upload speed of 4Gbps.


As per recent rumours, the memory support will also get an increase in the Snapdragon 875. Just like Snapdragon 865, the Snapdragon 875 will also support LPDDR5 RAM, but in terms of size, the Snapdragon 875 will go a step up by providing support for up to 32GB, while the current Snapdragon 865 only has support for 16GB.


Recently, Qualcomm SD875 (Codename: Lahaina) powered prototype device has spotted on the Antutu benchmarking platform which shows the overall Antutu score of Snapdragon 875 is 847868 points. As per GSMArena, the current highest Antutu score of Snapdragon 865 powered iQOO 5 Pro is 663752 points. So Snapdragon 875 will likely deliver 27% better performance than its predecessor 865.

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:

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