Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888: Comparing high-end chips of 2021

Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888
Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888

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When Qualcomm launched Snapdragon 888, we thought it is the successor to Snapdragon 865+ but it was not. Qualcomm has now introduced Snapdragon 870 5G Mobile Platform, a successor to Snapdragon 865 Plus. Some people are also referring to it as Snapdragon 865 Plus Plus because of so many similarities to Snapdragon 865 Plus. In this article, I will compare Snapdragon 870 and Snapdragon 888 to see how Snapdragon 888 is better than Snapdragon 870.

Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 870Snapdragon 888
Process7nm FinFET5nm FinFET
CPU1x 3.2GHz (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.4GHz (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex-A55)
1x 2.84GHz (Cortex-X1)
3x 2.4GHz (Cortex-A78)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex-A55)
GPUAdreno 650Adreno 660
DSPHexagon 698
15 TOPS
Hexagon 780
(fused scalar, tensor, and vector)
26 TOPS
MemoryLPDDR5 up to 2750MHz
LPDDR4X up to 2133MHz
Up to 16GB RAM
LPDDR5 up to 3200MHz
Up to 16GB RAM
Camera support
  • 200MP single shot
  • 64MP with zero shutter lag
  • 25MP dual camera with zero shutter lag
  • Hybrid AF
  • HDR video
  • multi-frame noise reduction
  • Real-time object classification, segmentation, and replacement
  • 200MP single shot
  • 84MP single with zero shutter lag
  • 64MP+25MP with zero shutter lag
  • Triple 24MP with zero shutter lag
  • Hybrid AF
  • 10-bit HEIF image capture
  • HDR video
  • multi-frame noise reduction
  • Real-time object classification, segmentation, and replacement
Video capture8K @ 30fps
4K UHD @ 120fps
720p @ 960fps
8K @ 30fps
4K UHD @ 120fps
720p @ 960fps
Video playback8K
4K HDR up to 120fps
H.265 and VP9 video decoder
360 degree
8K
4K HDR up to 120fps
H.265 and VP9 video decoder
360 degree
ChargingQuick Charge 4+
Quick Charge AI
Quick Charge 5
ModemX55 LTE/5G (external)
7500 Mbps down
3000 Mbps up
X60 LTE/5G (integrated)
7500 Mbps down
3000 Mbps up
Other Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), 802.11a/b/g/n

Snapdragon 870 us 7nm SoC as compared to Snapdragon 888 that is 5nm Soc. Snapdragon 870 is based on Arm Cortex-A77 big CPU cores while the Snapdragon 888 has Arm Cortex-X1 and A78 clusters. So, Snapdragon 888 is advanced in terms of CPU architecture. Snapdragon 870 is based on Snapdragon 865 Plus. The only difference is in the Prime CPU core that is now clocked at 3.2GHz as compared to 3.1GHz in the 865 Plus.

Also see: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 vs Snapdragon 865

Snapdragon 870 comes with a last-gen Adreno 650 GPU while the Snapdragon 888 has the latest Adreno 660 GPU, So, Snapdragon 888 will offer better graphics performance. Snapdragon 888 will also offer better gaming, AI processing, and imaging technologies became it uses Hexagon 780 DSP, and more powerful Spectra ISP than the older Hexagon 698 DSP, and older image processing blocks found in Snapdragon 870.

Snapdragon 870 retains the external Snapdragon X55 5G modem while the Snapdragon 888 comes with an integrated X60 5G model. Snapdragon 870 also misses out on Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.

Snapdragon 888 is better than Snapdragon 870 but Snapdragon 87o is still a good processor. So you can still buy phones powered by Snapdragon 870 in 2021. Snapdragon 870 will power upper mid-range devices. If you already have a device powered by Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 865 Plus, there is no point in getting a device with Snapdragon 870.

Devices powered by Snapdragon 870 are expected to come starting next month.

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