Jun 08, 2020 News
Snapdragon has been the go-to chipset choice for most smartphones that want to target the international smartphone market. Snapdragon is usually considered a much more reliable and consistent option for SoC performance compared to other competitors, like MediaTek chipsets. However, it is to be noted that after a phone establishes itself as a powerhouse in the market, it’s often seen that it usually uses the company’s own processor for optimization purposes. That’s why Samsung phones nowadays feature the newest Exynos chip, Huawei phones have their Kirin SoC, and Apple obviously has always rocked their own lineup of processors, with the A13 bionic being the latest one.
However, most phones have Snapdragon chips, and the latest and greatest from the company is the 865 processor, which a lot of the new flagship devices contain, like the OnePlus 8 Pro. However, with upcoming devices, and some devices already having been released in the market, we’re constantly hearing about the new Snapdragon 765G, which is supposed to be a great performing SoC at a lower cost than the 865 flagship chip. Now, we do know that the 865 is the more powerful chip, and will definitely perform better than the 765G; but our goal is to find out how much closer the comparison is, and if upcoming phones like the Pixel 5 and LG Velvet will actually be up to the mark with the 765G.
To understand how well both the chipsets stack up, we first need to compare the specs of both.
|Snapdragon 865||Snapdragon 765 / 765G|
|CPU Config||1x Prime @ 2.84GHz (Cortex A77)|
3x Performance @ 2.4GHz (Cortex A77)
4x Efficiency @ 1.8GHz (Cortex-A55)
|1x Prime @ 2.3GHz (Cortex-A76)|
1x Performance @ 2.2GHz (Cortex-A76)
6x Efficiency @ 1.8GHz (Cortex-A55)
|GPU||Adreno 650||Adreno 620|
|DSP||Hexagon 698 with Tensor Accelerator and HVX|
(15 TOPS performance)
|Hexagon 696 with Tensor Accelerator|
(5.5 TOPS performance)
LPDRR4X / LPDDR5
|Process||7nm FinFET||7nm FinFET|
|Max Display||4K @ 60 Hz, QHD+ @ 144 Hz|
|QHD+ @ 60 Hz, FHD+ @ 120Hz (765G only)|
|Camera support||Spectra 480, dual 14-bit CV-ISP|
64MP single / 24MP dual with Zero Shutter Lag
|Spectra 355, dual 14-bit CV-ISP|
36MP single / 22MP dual with Zero Shutter Lag
|Video capture||up to 8K @ 30fps, 4K UHD @ 120fps, 720p @ 960fps||up to 4K UHD @ 30fps, 720p @ 480fps|
|Charging||Quick Charge 4+|
Quick Charge AI
|Quick Charge 4+|
Quick Charge AI
aptX Adaptive audio and aptX Voice
aptX Adaptive audio
|Modem||Snapdragon X55 5G (external)|
7500 Mbps down
3000 Mbps up
Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, sub-6GHz, mmWave
|Snapdragon X52 5G (integrated)|
3700 Mbps down
1600 Mbps up
Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, sub-6GHz, mmWave
Now as we can see that there might be several differences and places where the 865 takes the lead over the 765G; and that may be true as well to some extent. However, we need to dissect this information properly to understand that even though the 765G won’t be as blazing fast as the latest from Snapdragon, it will still give top-tier performance. Right off the bat, you notice that the 765G has only 2 cores for performance, whereas the 865 doubles that with 4, and that too of higher clock speeds. Moreover, another noticeable difference can be seen in the GPU department, where the 865 chipset has an Adreno 660 unit, whereas the 765G only has an Adreno 620, which is even lower than that on the 845 from 2 years ago. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a bad performer by any means.
We first need to understand what sort of effect these differences will have on day-to-day performance while using the phone. Social media and browsing is usually what most people do on their phones for the majority of their on-screen usage - and all of that will be buttery smooth on either of these chipsets - as they have the capability of easily handling such tasks with ease. Video streaming and all will be similar in performance as well, and overall you won’t notice any jitters in both of these processors. Gaming is a branch which is rather graphics intensive, and requires a lot of CPU and GPU power; and even while playing the heaviest of games, you’ll be able to play 60fps smoothly on high settings on both these SoCs. Maybe the 865 might be able to run some heavy games on extreme settings with maxed out frame rates for avid gamers, but for most, a combination of high graphics with high frame rate is more than great - and it helps preserve battery as well.
Both these processors also run on 7nm chips, so they’re going to give extremely efficient performance and maintain battery life in the best way possible.
Well, as you can see, the 865 supports a LPDDR5 RAM, which is an improved version of the LPDRR4X that we can see with the 765G. You might notice better RAM management in phones with the 865 as compared to the 765G processor - but that’s only important if you love keeping apps in the background. Moreover, the more clocked CPUs and double the amount of them on the 865 will mean better high-end performance - and even if we choose not to opt for it, we still have to appreciate it nonetheless.
Perhaps the biggest difference will be that the Snapdragon 865 can support more features, such as 8K video capturing capabilities on smartphones, whereas the 765G maxes out at 4K 30 FPS - which still is a pretty good quality for videos. It is to be noted though that the 865 not only supports 4K too, but also can run it at 120 FPS, which is pretty impressive for a smartphone. The stronger SoC can also support QHD+ displays to run at a 144Hz refresh rate, whereas the 765G will only allow FHD+ resolution and even that will top off at 120Hz. However, more and more companies are leaning towards 90Hz displays instead of 120Hz, because the difference is minimal, and it results in better battery life too; so we don’t think that the exclusion of 144Hz displays is a big deal.
Yes, they will be because the 765G is a great processor, and is almost directly comparable to last year’s 855 chipset, and competes in some areas with the 865 too. For the price cut it comes with, it’s a great deal and we don’t think more than 1-2% of smartphone users need the extra power that the 865 might have over the 765G, and that the latter itself has immense capabilities. So don’t worry, and watch out for the 765G dominating the market.