5G processor comparison: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888

5G processor comparison: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888
  • Qualcomm just announced the Snapdragon 870 5G processor

  • Snapdragon 870 boasts of the highest clock speed on a mobile phone processor

  • Here's how the Snapdragon 870 stand against Snapdragon 888

Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor has launched as the next-generation flagship processor succeeding the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865 Plus processors from 2020. The Snapdragon 870 offers the highest clock speed on its prime core running at 3.2GHz, leaving behind every other mobile phone processor. The rest of the features remain the same as the Snapdragon 865 series chipset.

The chip-maker also announced the Snapdragon 888 as its flagship processor in December 2020. The Snapdragon 888 is set to power flagship and premium tier smartphones in 2021 which gives a lot of elbow room to the Snapdragon 870 as it will be featured on affordable flagships. Then again, how does the Snapdragon 870 stand against the state-of-the-art Snapdragon 888? Let’s find out.

Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888: What’s different?

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor has an octa-core CPU with Adreno 650 GPU and Snapdragon Elite gaming features. The Snapdragon 870 is a 7nm chipset with an external X55 5G modem. There is a prime Kryo 585 core clocked at 3.2GHz, three performance Kryo 585 cores running at 2.4GHz along with four power-efficient Kryo 385 cores clocked at 1.8GHz.

On the Snapdragon 888 which is fabricated on a smaller 5nm process, there’s an octa-core CPU with a prime Cortex-X1 core running at 2.84GHz, three performance Cortex-A78 cores running at 2.4GHz and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores running at 1.8GHz clock speeds.

The Snapdragon 870 gets Adreno 650 GPU with Snapdragon Elite Gaming features like 10-bit colour depth, updateable GPU drivers and more. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 888 uses Adreno 660 GPU with 35% faster graphics rendering, Variable Rate Shading, increased touch responsiveness and more.

The Snapdragon 870 uses 5th generation AI Hexagon 698 processor with Tensor Accelerator offers 15 TOPS performance while the 6th generation Hexagon 780 on the Snapdragon 888 offers double the computational capacity and 26 TOPS performance. 

The Snapdragon 870 has dual Spectra 480 ISP with support for upto 8K UHD video recording and HDR10+ with Dolby Vision. The chip also supports Quick Charge 4+ and NavIC GPS connectivity.

Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 888 features triple Spectra 580 ISP with support for upto 8K UHD video recording and 4K UHD recording at upto 120FPS. It also supports Quick Charge 5.

Both the Snapdragon 870 and 888 support Bluetooth 5.2 but the latter is also compatible with Wi-Fi 6E networks. The Snapdragon 870 is compatible with Wi-Fi 6 networks. It features an external Snapdragon X55 5G modem while the Snapdragon 888 has an integrated X60 5G modem. 

You can read more about the Snapdragon 870 here and know more about the features of the Snapdragon 888 here.


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