Snapdragon 720G vs A11 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (Adreno 618) with the older 6-core Apple A11 Bionic (Apple GPU) 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 720G
  • Announced 2-years and 5-months later
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Has a smaller size transistor (8 versus 10 nm)
  • Performs 34% better in floating-point computations
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Apple A11 Bionic
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (14.9 against 13.91 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 13%) AnTuTu 9 score – 382K vs 337K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
A11 Bionic +13%
382212
CPU 105893 127124
GPU 86694 119206
Memory 55906 54151
UX 89635 82801
Total score 337489 382212
AnTuTu results from iOS and Android are not directly comparable! They won't affect NanoReview scores.

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
A11 Bionic +37%
2308
Image compression 108.75 Mpixels/s 128.4 Mpixels/s
Face detection 15.55 images/s 21.9 images/s
Speech recognition 27.15 words/s 45.2 words/s
Machine learning 25.5 images/s 39.6 images/s
Camera shooting 16.15 images/s 24.2 images/s
HTML 5 2.18 Mnodes/s 3.16 Mnodes/s
SQLite 561.5 Krows/s 756.85 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A11 Bionic +247%
3566
Stability 98% 63%
Graphics test 6 FPS 21 FPS
Score 1029 3566

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 43 FPS
[High]
-
Call of Duty: Mobile 40 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Fortnite 28 FPS
[Low]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 51 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Genshin Impact 34 FPS
[Medium]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 30 FPS
[High]
-
Device Realme 7 Pro
1080 x 2400
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We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 720G and A11 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.3 GHz – Kryo 465 Gold (Cortex-A76)
6x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 465 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 2.39 GHz – Monsoon
4x 1.42 GHz – Mistral
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2300 MHz 2390 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 64 KB
L2 cache - 8 MB
L3 cache 1 MB -
Process 8 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count - 4.3 billion
TDP 5 W 8 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 618 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 750 MHz -
Execution units 2 3
Shading units 128 -
FLOPS 435 Gigaflops 325 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.1
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 2x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 13.91 Gbit/s 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 3 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Qualcomm Hexagon 692 DSP Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 2.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 2436 x 1125
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 2x 22MP 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs 384 kHz/32 bit AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X15 -
4G support LTE Cat. 15 LTE Cat. 12
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 800 Mbps Up to 600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.1 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced January 2020 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SM7125 APL1W72
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G official site -

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