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Snapdragon 765G tested: We probably don't need premium Android phones anymore !!

Snapdragon 765G tested: We probably don't need premium Android phones anymore !!

If you’re spending time poring over Android phone spec sheets when deciding which phone to buy, then you know there are basically two processors to look for: the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chip—right now, that would be the Snapdragon 865 or slightly faster 865+—and everything else. Smartphone processors move so fast that even the previous year's flagship processor’s speeds are old news.

For one, it has an integrated 5G modem. For another, it’s significantly cheaper than the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 865, so 765-based phones won’t cost anywhere near the four-figure prices flagship phones command. In fact, the first Sanpdragon 765G phone to launch in the U.S. is the LG Velvet and it costs $599, considerably less than the crop of high-end 5G phones from Samsung and Oneplus that launched earlier in the year.

First, let’s set a baseline. The predecessor to the Snapdragon 765G is the 730, with a 2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Octa-core CPU. It’s a different sort of chip for a much cheaper class of phone (mostly because it doesn’t have 5G), but it’s roughly similar to the 765’s 2.3 GHz Kryo 475 CPU. I don’t own a phone that uses this chip, but a smattering of tests on NotebookCheck gives a good idea of what to expect: 

Snapdragon 730
Geekbench 5 Single: 542
Geekbench 5 Multi: 1647
Speedometer 2.0: 32.8
PCMark Work 2.0: 7494

To start my testing, I turned to the LG V60 with a Snapdragon 865 processor to keep it in the LG family as well as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which has the same chip but way more RAM (8GB vs 12GB). All phones were updated and restarted, and I ran the same tests as above: Geekbench 5’s CPU tests, PCMark’s Work 2.0 Performance tests, and Browserbench’s Speedometer 2.0 test (over Chrome), which measures the responsiveness of Web applications.

LG V60
Geekbench 5 Single: 907
Geekbench 5 Multi: 3332
PCMark Work 2.0: 10432
Speedometer 2.0: 74.1

Galaxy S20 Ultra
Geekbench 5 Single: 893
Geekbench 5 Multi: 3156
PCMark Work 2.0: 12350
Speedometer 2.0: 67.2

Those are really really good scores, as you should expect from phones that cost this much. Even though the V60 is substantially cheaper than the S20 Ultra ($950 vs $1,400), the Snapdragon 865 chip inside both of them performs better than most Android phones you can buy at any price.

Asus ROG Phone 3
Geekbench 5 Single (Regular): 974 
Geekbench 5 Single (X Mode): 983
Geekbench 5 Multi (Regular):  3321
Geekbench 5 Multi (X Mode): 3192
PCMark Work 2.0 (Regular): 12415
PCMark Work 2.0 (X Mode): 14538
Finally, I grabbed two of last year’s flagships, the Galaxy S10+ and Pixel 4 XL to test the older Snapdragon 855.

Pixel 4 XL
Geekbench 5 Single: 635
Geekbench 5 Multi: 2529
PCMark Work 2.0: 10717
Speedometer 2.0: 26.7

Galaxy S10+
Geekbench 5 Single: 741
Geekbench 5 Multi: 2712
PCMark Work 2.0: 9616
Speedometer 2.0: 26.8
To round things out, I ran the Galaxy S9 with the Snapdragon 845 through the same tests:

Galaxy S9
Geekbench Single: 415
Geekbench 5 Multi: 1912
PCMark Work 2.0: 8293
Speedometer 2.0: 25.2

I expected the Snapdragon 765G in the LG Velvet to be roughly similar to the Snapdragon 730, but the 765G is actually a good deal quicker and not all that far off from the 855. It particularly struggled with the PCMark Work 2.0 score, but that could have more to do with LG than the chip itself since the V60 also considerably trails the Galaxy S20 Ultra in that test.

I was most impressed with the Speedometer score. Android phones have long lagged Apple’s iPhones with its web performance scores—the iPhone SE, for example, clocked a 166 in Speedometer 2.0—but the Velvet shows impressive gains for a mid-range chip. That’s practically double the scores I got with the Snapdragon 845 and 855, Qualcomm's previous two flagships.

LG Velvet
Geekbench 5 Single: 610
Geekbench 5 Multi: 1944
PCMark Work 2.0: 7734
Speedometer 2.0: 51.5

Comparison are as follows:

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