Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs A12 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Adreno 730) with the older 6-core Apple A12 Bionic (Apple A12 Bionic 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 8 Gen 1
  • Performs 4x better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 2x) AnTuTu 9 score – 1037K vs 530K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (4 versus 7 nm)
  • Announced 3-years and 3-months later
  • Supports 50% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • Has 2 more cores
  • 20% higher CPU clock speed (3000 vs 2490 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Apple A12 Bionic
  • Higher GPU frequency (~38%)
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Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
1037127
530138
CPU 249768 143402
GPU 448381 186891
Memory 172528 91638
UX 166045 107048
Total score 1037127 530138
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
Image compression 192.4 Mpixels/s 132.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 36 images/s 14.5 images/s
Speech recognition 81.2 words/s 67.8 words/s
Machine learning 83.7 images/s 54.1 images/s
Camera shooting 38.7 images/s 14.6 images/s
HTML 5 4.24 Mnodes/s 3.27 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1140 Krows/s 745 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 57% 69%
Graphics test 53 FPS 31 FPS
Score 8958 5237

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 88 FPS
[Ultra]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 42 FPS
[Ultra]
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Shadowgun Legends 89 FPS
[Ultra]
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World of Tanks Blitz 114 FPS
[Ultra]
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Genshin Impact 40 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Xiaomi Poco F4 GT
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 8 Gen 1 and A12 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 3 GHz – Cortex-X2
3x 2.5 GHz – Cortex-A710
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A510
2x 2.49 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.6 GHz – Tempest
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3000 MHz 2490 MHz
Instruction set ARMv9-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache - 128 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 8 MB
L3 cache 6 MB -
Process 4 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 6.9 billion
TDP - 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 730 Apple A12 Bionic GPU
Architecture Adreno 700 -
GPU frequency 818 MHz 1125 MHz
Execution units 3 32
Shading units 768 256
FLOPS 2236 Gigaflops 560 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 3200 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 1x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 24 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon Yes
Storage type UFS 3.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP 2x 12MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AAC‑LC, Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+, HE‑AAC v2, MP3

Connectivity

Modem Snapdragon X65 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced December 2021 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8450 APL1W81
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 official site -

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