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Snapdragon 625 vs Apple A9

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (Adreno 506) with the older 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR GT7600) SoC. Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Has 6 more cores
  • 8% higher CPU clock speed (2000 vs 1850 MHz)
Pros of Apple A9
  • Supports 100% higher memory bandwidth (14.9 against 7.46 GB/s)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 66%) AnTuTu 8 score – 173K vs 104K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Apple A9 +66%
173117
CPU 39666 70699
GPU 11126 36687
Memory 27970 31959
UX 20189 35338
Total score 104452 173117

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Apple A9 +220%
547
Multi-Core Score
1038
1003
Image compression 75.05 Mpixels/s 53.4 Mpixels/s
Face detection 9.85 images/s 9.04 images/s
Speech recognition 18.85 words/s 21.9 words/s
Machine learning 12.55 images/s 26.3 images/s
Camera shooting 6.1 images/s 12.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.4 Mnodes/s 1.34 Mnodes/s
SQLite 366.8 Krows/s 313 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 625 and Apple A9

CPU

Architecture 8x 2 GHz – Cortex-A53 2x 1.85 GHz – Twister
Cores 8 2
Frequency 2000 MHz 1850 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache - 3 MB
L3 cache - 8 MB
Process 14 nanometers 14 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 2 billion
TDP 5 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 506 PowerVR GT7600
Architecture Adreno 500 Rogue
GPU frequency 650 MHz 650 MHz
Execution units 1 6
Shading units 96 192
FLOPS 124 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 11.1 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR4
Memory frequency 933 MHz 1333 MHz
Bus 1x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 7.46 Gbit/s 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 546 No
Storage type eMMC 5.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 1920 x 1200 1920 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 24MP 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X9 Qualcomm MDM9635M
4G support LTE Cat. 7 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 450 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced February 2016 September 2015
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number MSM8953 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 official site -

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Total votes: 41

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