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Snapdragon 720G vs Apple A9

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (Adreno 618) with the older 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR Series 7XT 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 720G
  • Has 6 more cores
  • Announced 4-years and 5-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (8 versus 14 nm)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 63%) AnTuTu 8 score – 281K vs 172K
  • 24% higher CPU clock speed (2300 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~15%)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Apple A9
  • Has 7 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 720G
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (14.9 against 13.91 GB/s)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
281348
172558
CPU 99886 70699
GPU 71529 36687
Memory 50549 31959
UX 52632 35338
Total score 281348 172558

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
1697
1005
Image compression 108.75 Mpixels/s 53.4 Mpixels/s
Face detection 15.55 images/s 9.04 images/s
Speech recognition 27.15 words/s 21.9 words/s
Machine learning 25.5 images/s 26.3 images/s
Camera shooting 16.15 images/s 12.2 images/s
HTML 5 2.18 Mnodes/s 1.34 Mnodes/s
SQLite 561.5 Krows/s 313 Krows/s

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 Apple A9

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.3 GHz – Kryo 465 Gold (Cortex-A76)
6x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 465 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 1.85 GHz – Twister
Cores 8 2
Frequency 2300 MHz 1850 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache - 3 MB
L3 cache 1 MB 8 MB
Process 8 nanometers 14 nanometers
Transistor count - 2 billion
TDP 5 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 618 PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600
Architecture Adreno 600 Rogue
GPU frequency 750 MHz 650 MHz
Execution units 2 6
Shading units 128 192
FLOPS 386 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 1333 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 13.91 Gbit/s 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Qualcomm Hexagon 692 DSP No
Storage type UFS 2.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 2x 22MP 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs 384 kHz/32 bit AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X15 Qualcomm MDM9635M
4G support LTE Cat. 15 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 800 Mbps Up to 450 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 5.1 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced January 2020 September 2015
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number SM7125 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G official site -

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Total votes: 101

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