Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 845: What’s new?

Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 855 processor, the updated chipset to the Snapdragon 845 platform. The new flagship chipset brings along a ton of new features and performance improvements. What’s more is that it is the first mainstream chipset to feature support for 5G networks. So, how does it stack up next to its younger brother, the Snapdragon 845? Let’s find out.

Also read: Exynos 9820 vs A12 Bionic v Kirin 980 v Snapdragon 845: the flagship SoC battle

Snapdragon 855 v Snapdragon 845: Quick Comparison

  Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 845
Architecture 7nm 10nm
CPU 1x 2.84GHz, 3x 2.42GHz, 4x 1.80GHz Kyro 485 4×2.8GHz Kryo 385 + 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 630
Camera support (single lens) 32MP 32MP
Camera support (dual lens) 20MP 16MP
Connectivity LTE Cat.20 LTE Cat.18
NPU on-board Yes None
5G support Yes, using X50 modem None
Smartphones TBD OnePlus 6T, Pixel 3, Poco F1, and more

Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 845: which one’s more powerful?

Undoubtedly, the Snapdragon 855 is way more powerful than the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The new processor packs in a tri-cluster architecture. It makes use of 3 performance cores clocked at 2.42GHz. As for power efficiency, there are 4 efficiency cores clocked at 1.80GHz. Lastly, there is a single Prime Core which is clocked at a whopping 2.84GHz. Based on the new 7nm architecture, it improves upon the 10nm architecture of the Snapdragon 845. 

Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 845: Connectivity and more

As for the basic connectivity module, the Snapdragon 855 makes use of LTE Cat.20. It improves upon the LTE Cat.18 sported on the Snapdragon 845. However, that’s not all. The Snapdragon 855 will be the world’s first chipset to feature support for 5G spectrum. Additionally, it also makes use of a new WiFi chipset. It will offer speeds up to 10Gbps with support for 60GHz WiFi frequency.

Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 845: AI

The Snapdragon 845 was already sported on a ton of flagship offerings from OEM. However, all the AI features on those devices was mostly software based. With the Snapdragon 855, this will all change. The Snapdragon 855 features an onboard NPU. Thanks to the Qualcomm Hexagon 690 DSP, the Snapdragon 855 will offer better AI features. 

Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 845: devices

The Snapdragon 845 is already there on all the flagship devices of 2018. As for Snapdragon 855, the processor is expected to make its debut in 2019. OnePlus has already confirmed that it will be the first OEM to manufacture a smartphone with the Snapdragon 855 onboard. We can expect that, alongside other devices to debut at next year’s MWC 2019. 

Also read: Exynos 9820 vs A12 Bionic v Kirin 980 v Snapdragon 845: the flagship SoC battle

Snapdragon 855: the new flagship processor

Qualcomm’s latest announcement of the Snapdragon 855 makes it the latest flagship processor from the company. It puts it up head to head with the likes of Samsung’s Exynos 9820, Huawei’s Kirin 980, and Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset. While the Mate 20 Pro and the iPhone XS are already here sporting the latter two, the other chipsets still have to make their debut. We will have to wait till next year to see how these chipsets compete against one another in benchmarks. Stay tuned to Mr. Phone for all the updates and insights in the world of smartphones.

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