The PCWorld team was very impressed with the Speedometer score. Android phones have long had Apple’s iPhones with their Web performance scores – the iPhone SE, for example, scored 166 on the Speedometer 2.0 – but the Velvet shows impressive gains for a mid-range chip.
It is practically double the scores they achieved with the Snapdragon 845 and 855, Qualcomm’s previous two flagship. But how does that match the phones? Recently the PCWorld team reports that they got their hands on the LG Velvet and underwent a battery of tests and were very impressed.
Although the Sanpdragon 765G is bridged by the Snapdragon 865, as it should be, the gap is not as big as the previous mid-range processor, and it can make a phone like the Pixel 3a feel remarkably fast. Let’s dive.
First, let’s define a baseline. The predecessor of the Snapdragon 765G is the 730, with a 2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Octa-core CPU. It’s a different type of chip for a much cheaper phone class (mainly because it doesn’t have 5G), but it’s roughly similar to the 2.3 GHz Kryo 475 CPU of 765. We don’t have a phone that uses this chip, but a number of tests on NotebookCheck gives you a good idea of what to expect.
If you’re spending time looking at the Android Phone spec sheets when deciding which phone to buy, then you know that there are basically two processors looking for: the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chip – right now, it would be the Snapdragon 865 or slightly more fast 865 Plus – and everything in between. Smartphone processors move so fast that even the speeds of the previous main processor are old news.
It changed this year. Along with the flagship Snapdragon 865 that powers large phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and the Snapdragon 865 Plus for even more high-end gaming phones, Qualcomm is also selling the Snapdragon 765 and 765G chips, which substantially increases the middle level. While mid-range phones typically run Snapdragon 6 and 7 Series chips, the 765 is a different animal. The LG Velvet 5G looks like a premium phone on the outside, but still, it is not powered by the latest Qualcomm silicon.
On the one hand, it has an integrated 5G modem. On the other hand, it is significantly cheaper than the Snapdragon 865, powered by 5G, so phones with 765 will not cost even close to four digits. In fact, the first Sanpdragon 765G phone to be launched in the USA is the LG Velvet and costs $ 599 (about € 510), considerably less than the harvest of Samsung and Oneplus 5G phones that was launched earlier this year.
LG Velvet 5G
Geekbench 5 Single: 542
Geekbench 5 Multi: 1647
Speedometer 2.0: 32.8
PCMark 2.0 work: 7494
To begin testing, the PCWorld team turned to the following models
, and Michael Simon, editor of PCWorld, said he approached the LG V60 with a Snapdragon 865 processor to keep it in the family, as well as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which has the same chip but a lot more RAM (8GB vs 12GB).
All phones were updated and restarted, and I did the same tests as above: the Geekbench 5 CPU tests, the PCMark’s Work 2.0 performance tests and the Browserbench Speedometer 2.0 test (on Chrome), which measures capacity response from web applications.
> LG V60
Geekbench 5 Single: 907
Geekbench 5 Multi: 3332
PCMark 2.0 work: 10432
Speedometer 2.0: 74.1
> Galaxy S20 Ultra
Geekbench 5 Single: 893
Geekbench 5 Multi: 3156
PCMark 2.0 work: 12350
Speedometer 2.0: 67.2
They are very good grades, as you would expect from phones that cost so much. Although the V60 is substantially cheaper than the S20 Ultra ($ 950 vs $ 1,400 – about € 810 vs € 1195)), the Snapdragon 865 chip inside both performs better than most Android phones you can buy at any price.
Asus rog 3
The Asus ROG Phone 3 has so much power, it comes with a clip-on fan to keep you cool, and so does the Asus ROG Phone 3, which is the latest gaming phone with all the performance bells and whistles , including a slightly faster Snapdragon 856 Plus processor. T
I got strangely low results from the Speedometer 2.0 with this phone, so I don’t include them, but overall, the 865 Plus is as advertised: a little faster than the standard 865. Asus also has a battery-sucking performance mode that further increases the chip:
ASUS ROG 3 phone
Geekbench 5 Single (Regular): 974
Geekbench 5 Single (X Mode): 983
Geekbench 5 Multi (Regular): 3321
Geekbench 5 Multi (X Mode): 3192
PCMark 2.0 Work (Regular): 12415
PCMark Work 2.0 (X Mode): 14538
Finally, we took two of last year’s ‘flagships’, the Galaxy S10 + and the Pixel 4 XL to test the older 855 snapdragon:
Pixel 4 XL
Geekbench 5 Single: 635
Geekbench 5 Multi: 2529
PCMark 2.0 work: 10717
Speedometer 2.0: 26.7
Michael Simon / IDG
Galaxy S10 +
Geekbench 5 Single: 741
Geekbench 5 Multi: 2712
PCMark 2.0 work: 9616
Speedometer 2.0: 26.8
To round things up, we ran the Galaxy S9 with Snapdragon 845 through the same tests:
Geekbench Single: 415
Geekbench 5 Multi: 1912
PCMark 2.0 work: 8293
Speedometer 2.0: 25.2
The PCWorld team expected the Snapdragon 765G on the LG Velvet to be roughly similar to the Snapdragon 730, but the 765G is actually a faster deal and not far from the 855. It had particular difficulties with the PCMark Work 2.0 score, but that could have more to do with LG than with the chip itself, since the V60 also considerably pursues the Galaxy S20 Ultra in this test.
Geekbench 5 Single: 610
Geekbench 5 Multi: 1944
PCMark 2.0 work: 7734
Speedometer 2.0: 51.5
snapdragon 765 geekbench
It is a general improvement over the Snapdragon 730 and 845, and not far from the 855, which still sells on $ 1,000 phones. Yes, it is slower than the 865 in references, as it should be, but if we consider the price difference between Velvet and other 5G phones, such as the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the OnePlus 8, the Snapdragon 765G processor should bring some exciting releases later this year at even more attractive price points. (Although, to be fair, LG phones are at the mercy of operators, who tend to inflate MSRPs to make discounts appear more enticing.) Battery life will also have to be tested, but initial impressions are strong.
For example, the recently launched OnePlus Nord, which is not being released in the US, is priced at 399 Euros or about $ 450 in US dollars. It’s even cheaper than Velvet and tremendous value for a 5G headset. And when you take into account the speeds you can provide, OnePlus premium Android phones – which cost twice as much – no longer look so premium. We only used Velvet for a few days, but nothing seems slow or slow, and it is impossible to distinguish the V60 on a daily basis.
It is even said that Google may be using the Snapdragon 765 on the next Pixel 5 instead of the 865, which makes a lot of sense to me. Google has always struggled to compete with the Galaxy and iPhones in the world, but at a lower price thanks to the 765 processor, that could change. The Snapdragon 765 opens up a world of opportunities for both OEMs and Android consumers, and for the first time in a while, the future of phones that are not running the most powerful Qualcomm chips is very promising. Medium-range cameras and screens have been following their premium counterparts for years, and now the 765 seeks to bring Android’s top-of-the-range performance closer.
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