After the announcement yesterday, today on day two of its Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii Qualcomm has finally revealed details about the upcoming 865 chipset, that will certainly power most high-end Android smartphones as from next year.

Snapdragon 865 Specifications

The Snapdragon 865 promises to offer 25% faster CPU performance (or 25% better CPU power efficiency) and 20% faster graphics (or 35% greater GPU power efficiency) compared to the Snapdragon 855.

Snapdragon 865

  • CPU Core: Kryo 585, Octa-core CPU
  • CPU Architecture:
    • 1x 2.84GHz (Cortex A77)
    • 3x 2.42GHz (Cortex A77)
    • 4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A55)
  • CPU Clock Speed: Up to 2.84GHz
  • Process Technology: 7nm FinFET
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • DSP: Hexagon 698
  • ISP: Spectra 480
  • Camera Capability: Up to 200 MP
  • Video Capability: 8K @ 30 FPS, 4K HDR @ 60FPS, 4K @ 120FPS
  • Charging: Quick Charge 4+
  • Modem                :
    • X55 5G Modem
    • 5 Gbps Peak Download
    • 3 Gbps Peak Uploas
  • WiFi Support: Wi-Fi 6-ready

The CPU gains are basically achieved from using the ARM Cortex-A77 performance cores (A76 in the 855). That said, the configuration of the CPU is pretty much the same, with even clock speeds staying unchanged between generations. So there’s still one Prime core (marketed as Kryo 585) clocked up to 2.84 GHz, 3x Performance cores (Kryo 585) clocked up to 2.4 GHz, and 4x Kryo 385 (based on Cortex-A55) Efficiency cores clocked up to 1.8 GHz.

The new Adreno 650 GPU supports QHD+ 144Hz screens (or UHD 60Hz). The Spectra 480 ISP supports up to 200 MP main cameras (or 64 MP with zero shutter lag), or up to 25 MP dual cams, 4K HDR @60fps video capture with 64MP burst images or 4K @ 120 fps, or 8K @ 30 fps, as well as unlimited capture of 720p footage at 960fps.

The X55 modem is part of the package (although it’s not on the same die as the SoC), supplying both 4G and 5G connectivity, achieving theoretical maximum download speeds of 7.5Gbps on 5G and 2.5Gbps on 4G (and uplinks of 3Gbps and 316Mbps, respectively). It supports both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks, as well as both sub-6 and mmWave developments.

The Snapdragon 865 is Wi-Fi 6 certified, and supports Bluetooth 5.1, aptX TWS, aptX Adaptive, and aptX Voice. The Hexagon 698 and Tensor accelerator bring a 5th gen AI engine which doubles the performance of its predecessor.

Here’s a quick comparison between Snapdragon 865, 855+, and 855.

Snapdragon 855 vs 855+ vs 865

Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 855+
Snapdragon 865
CPU Core Kryo 485, Octa-core CPU Kryo 485, Octa-core CPU
Kryo 585, Octa-core CPU
CPU Architecture 1x 2.84GHz (Cortex A76)
3x 2.42GHz (Cortex A76)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A55)
1x 2.96GHz (Cortex A76)
3x 2.42GHz (Cortex A76)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A55)
1x 2.84GHz (Cortex A77)
3x 2.42GHz (Cortex A77)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A55)
CPU Clock Speed Up to 2.84GHz Up to 2.92GHz
Up to 2.84GHz
Process Technology 7nm FinFET 7nm FinFET
7nm FinFET
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 640 Adreno 650
DSP Hexagon 690 Hexagon 690
Hexagon 698
ISP Spectra 380 Spectra 380 Spectra 480
Camera Capability Up to 192 MP Up to 192 MP
Up to 200 MP
Video Capability 4K HDR @ 60FPS 4K HDR @ 60FPS
8K @ 30 FPS, 4K HDR @ 60FPS, 4K @ 120FPS
Charging Quick Charge 4+ Quick Charge 4+
Quick Charge 4+
Modem X24 LTE
2 Gbps Peak Download
316 Mbps Peak Upload
X24 LTE
2 Gbps Peak Download
316 Mbps Peak Upload
X55 5G Modem
7.5 Gbps Peak Download
3 Gbps Peak Upload
WiFi Support Wi-Fi 6-ready Wi-Fi 6-ready
Wi-Fi 6-ready

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