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Snapdragon 835 (+Adreno 540) vs Snapdragon 820 (+Adreno 530) vs Exynos 8895 (+Mali-G71MP20) – performance and benchmark tests

Today you will witness yet another intriguing battle between three mobile processors developed by the leading companies Qualcomm and Samsung. We are talking about Snapdragon 835, Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8895. For this comparison we will use the smartphones HTC U11, ZTE Axon 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8. We would like to first have a look at their specifications and then juxtapose their results from various benchmarks, and conclude with surface overheating tests.

You can check the three models over here:
HTC U11: Price and availability / Detailed Review
ZTE Axon 7: Price and availability / Detailed Review
Samsung Galaxy S8: Price and availability / Detailed Review

Specs sheetSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 820Exynos 8895
Process10nm14 nm10 nm
Cores848
Frequencyup to 2.45 GHz1.6 – 2.15 GHzup to 2.3 GHz
ArchitectureKryo / 64-bit supportKryo / 64-bit supportCortex-A53 + Exynos M1 / 64-bit support
GPUAdreno 540Adreno 530Mali-G71MP20

We start off with Snapdragon 835, which is a 64-bit mobile processor developed by Qualcomm. It can be found in the smartphone HTC U11. This is the first Qualcomm chip manufactured through a 10nm technological process. Snapdragon 835 features eight Qualcomm Kryo cores – the first four reach a clock speed of up to 2.45GHz while the second four – up to 1.9GHz. Moreover, the chip offers a 25% increase in the graphics performance, 35% or 3 hours more video playback, 30% or 8 hours more listening to music and 43% or 3.5 hours more web browsing compared to its predecessor Snapdragon 820. The specs sheet is complemented by the support of up to 4K displays, up to 32MP camera or up to 16MP dual camera, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE Cat 16 connectivity which provides download speed of up to 1Gbps and upload speed of up to 150Mbps, as well as Quick Charge 4 technology for faster charging. Here, the Adreno 540 GPU takes care of the graphics performance.

You can find more information about the capabilities of Snapdragon 835 in the official website of Qualcomm:
https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/835

Moving on to Snapdragon 820, which is a 64-bit Qualcomm mobile processor available in the smartphone ZTE Axon 7. It is manufactured through a 14nm technological process and features four Kryo cores – two running at up to 2.15 GHz and other two – at up to 1.6 GHz. The mobile processor boasts LTE Cat 12/13 support with download speed up to 600 Mbps (Cat 12), and upload speed up to 150 Mbps (Cat 13). Furthermore, the specs are supplemented by Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO, support of 4K screens, up to 25MP cameras and 4K video recording. Also available are Quick Charge™ 3.0 and WiPower for quick and wireless charging. Here, the available GPU is Adreno 530.

You can find more useful information about Snapdragon 820 on the official Qualcomm website:
https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/820

And finally – Exynos 8895, which is a 64-bit mobile chip developed by Samsung. It can be found in the latest flagship of the company – Galaxy S8. Manufactured through a 10nm technological process, Exynos 8895 features eight cores – the first four are Exynos M1 and run at up to 2.3 GHz, while the other four are based on Cortex-A53 architecture and operate at up to 1.7GHz. In addition, the chip boasts LTE Cat 16 connectivity which will ensure download speeds of up to 1024Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps, up to 28MP front and rear cameras, 4K screens and 4K video recording at 120 fps. Thanks to the two mini processors for image editing, Exynos 8895 can work with dual cameras as well. Here, the available GPU is Mali-G71.

You can learn more about the Exynos 8895 from the official web page of Samsung.

 

Benchmarks

We have conducted several benchmarks putting to the test both computing and graphics power of the three mobile chips. You can check the results displayed in the table below.

BenchmarksSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 820Exynos 8895
Geekbench 3 (Multi-Core)645640335978
Vellamo 3 Metal276135923352
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex (offscreen)9891121
GFXBench 3 Manhattan (offscreen)524863
GFXBench 3.1 Manhattan (offscreen)363242
3D Mark Ice Unlimited405562947529108

You can find out where the three smartphones are positioned in our graphics and computing power rankings.

You can check the three models over here:
HTC U11: Price and availability / Detailed Review
ZTE Axon 7: Price and availability / Detailed Review
Samsung Galaxy S8: Price and availability / Detailed Review