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Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888: Full Comparison

Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888: Qualcomm has just unveiled its second 800 series processor in just two months. So this is the comparison between the Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888.

Manufacturing Process

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 is built on a 7nm process but the Snapdragon 888 is manufactured on a 5nm process. As such, the Snapdragon 888 retains a healthy lead in the efficiency department as well as in terms of performance.

Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888: CPU

Another key difference is the CPU, the Snapdragon 870 is based on 2019 ARM Cortex-A77 big CPU cores. While the Snapdragon 888 is based on the latest ARM Cortex-X1 and A78 clusters. The Cortex-X1 architecture does much more per clock than the Cortex-A77. So the Snapdragon 888 leads.

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On the GPU, since the Snapdragon 870 uses the same Adreno 650 found in the Snapdragon 865+, it is reasonable to conclude that the Snapdragon 888 with Adreno 660 GPU is 35% better than the Adreno 650 *according to Qualcomm*.

So gaming experience and fast graphics rendering are more familiar with the Snapdragon 888.

5G Modem

Another vital difference is that the Snapdragon 870 retains an external Qualcomm X55 5G modem. But the Snapdragon 888 has a built-in X60 5G modem. The built-in modem is better because it helps in energy efficiency and performance.


When it comes to Image processing technologies, the Snapdragon 870 features Hexagon 698 DSP. While the Snapdragon 888 features Hexagon 780 DSP alongside a powerful spectra ISP that is capable of streaming three 4k videos simultaneously. The Snapdragon 888 is superior when it comes to image processing technologies.

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Snapdragon 870 vs Snapdragon 888: Conclusion

Overall, the Snapdragon 888 is the better chipset. It is a modern flagship SoC. While the Snapdragon 870 is a high midrange chip.

The Snapdragon 888 superiority is well pronounced with all the latest cutting edge Specifications. Even the AI machine can perform 26 trillion of operations per second. That is almost twice the number of operation the Snapdragon 870 AI can perform.

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