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Snapdragon 855 undergoes benchmark tests with competitors and the results are just impressive

16 January 2019 3

Qualcomm’s next-gen flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855 that was announced in December last year has undergone several benchmark tests by the multiple sources and the results are out. The results show quite big figures and this makes the SoC impressive as well.

The tests were conducted on a reference device provided by Qualcomm that is powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with 6GB RAM and running Android 9 Pie with customized AOSP software. For comparison, Snapdragon 845-powered Pixel 3 XL with 4GB RAM and the Honor Magic 2 powered by the Kirin 980 SoC with 8GB RAM have also been taken to draw the differences. We are sharing here the benchmark figures recorded by XDA Developers during the test.

The newest Snapdragon 855 takes the lead in the AnTuTu benchmark tests by scoring the highest. The AnTuTu benchmark tests the CPU, GPU, and memory performance of a device. The Snapdragon 855 SoC’s average score on AnTuTu ranged between 359,000 and 360,500. On the other hand, the SD 845 SoC scored 285,000 and the Kirin 980 scored even lesser with 273,495

In the CPU-centric test which is the GeekBench test (multi-core), Snapdragon 855 SoC's average score ranged between the 11,000 and 11,200. This test uses several computational workloads like search, rendering, compression, HDR/blurring, and more. In the same test, the Snapdragon 845-powered device scored 8,317 and the Kirin 980 got 9,938. Clearly, there’s a significant difference between the scores.

In the single-core test on Geekbench, the SD 855 powered device’s score hovered between 3,500-3,600, while SD 845 received 2,384 and Kirin 980 received somewhat near to the newest Qualcomm chipset with 3,335.

Qualcomm claims a 45% improvement in CPU performance and this can surely be seen from the scores as well as the SoC scored impressively well on both single-core and multi-core tests.

Coming to the GFXBench test which was held to test the Snapdragon 855’s graphics processing power is also at par by a wide margin. In the GFXBench ES3.1 1080 Manhattan Offscreen test, the latest flagship SoC from Qualcomm scored 71, Snapdragon 845 gained 60 and the Kirin 980 gained 53. The credit goes to Adreno 640 GPU in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 that offers about 20% jump in performance over the Adreno 630.

The PCMark benchmark measures the system performance, so here clearly the Snapdragon 845-powered Pixel 3 XL won against the Snapdragon 855-powered device because of its polished software over than nearly-AOSP software of SD 855.

So far looking at some early benchmark results of the Snapdragon 855, we can assume a lot from the phones which are expected to employ this SoC. Phones like Galaxy S10, Xperia XZ4 are going to be the beasts. But, it should be noticed that Huawei’s Kirin 985 SoC is yet to come and so is Apple’s, so the competition could differ there. However, looking at so many Android phones which are to be powered by the Snapdragon 855, it would bring internal friction.

Benchmark Platform

Snapdragon 855

Snapdragon 845

Kirin 980





Geekbench (Single-core)




Geekbench (Multi-core)




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Snapdragon 855 undergoes several benchmark tests with its competitors and the result is impressive
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