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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: 20% faster than Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm will dominate 2020 with its flagship Snapdragon 865.

Published Mon, Nov 11 2019 10:30 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:46 AM CST

Qualcomm will unveil its next-gen Snapdragon 865 (and I'm sure much more) at its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, Hawaii in just a few weeks -- but ahead of the event, we have some details of the new Snapdragon 865 to share.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: 20% faster than Snapdragon 855 |

New rumors suggest that Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 will have quite a few upgrades, one of which will be the upgraded GPU in the new Adreno 650. Qualcomm's current, and already fast Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+ feature Adreno 640 GPUs, but the new Adreno 650 will have a GPU clock of 587MHz -- providing 17-20% more performance over the Snapdragon 855-powered Adreno 640.

Remember that's versus the Snapdragon 855 and not the tweaked Snapdragon 855+ that powers the ASUS ROG Phone II, so we should expect maybe 10-15% faster than the Snapdragon 855+ with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865.

We are being told to expect around 20% more CPU performance from the Snapdragon 865, with the same 8 cores on offer. These will be split into the following:

  • One unnamed Kryo Gold core running at 2.84GHz (based on the Cortex-A77)
  • 3 x unnamed Kryo Gold cores running at 2.42GHz (based on the Cortex-A77)
  • 4 x unnamed Kryo Silver cores running at 1.80GHz (based on the Cortex-A55)

Qualcomm is the leader in 5G technology, so expect there to be a 5G-capable chip that will be unveiled at the Snapdragon Tech Summit in early-December. As for what else to expect, we should see better battery life, higher camera sensor support (beyond 108MP), faster and more power efficient LPDDR5 memory, and more.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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