Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs A16 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (Adreno 730) with the newer 6-core Apple A16 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 8 Gen 1
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Shows better (up to 8%) AnTuTu 9 score – 1045K vs 971K
Pros of Apple A16 Bionic
  • 15% higher CPU clock speed (3460 vs 3000 MHz)
  • Announced 9-months later

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
1045549
971221
CPU 249768 242019
GPU 448381 407261
Memory 172528 167432
UX 166045 145864
Total score 1045549 971221
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 243.5 Mpixels/s
Face detection 36 images/s 46.4 images/s
Speech recognition 81.2 words/s 141.8 words/s
Machine learning 83.7 images/s 117.1 images/s
Camera shooting 38.7 images/s 54.3 images/s
HTML 5 4.24 Mnodes/s 5.9 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1140 Krows/s 1430 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 88% 78%
Graphics test 54 FPS 59 FPS
Score 9076 9856

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 88 FPS
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Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
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Fortnite 42 FPS
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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 A16 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 3 GHz – Cortex-X2
3x 2.5 GHz – Cortex-A710
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A510
2x 3.46 GHz – Everest
4x 2.02 GHz – Sawtooth
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3000 MHz 3460 MHz
Instruction set ARMv9-A ARMv9-A
L1 cache - 256 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 24 MB
L3 cache 6 MB -
Process 4 nanometers 4 nanometers
Transistor count - 16 billion

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 730 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 700 -
GPU frequency 818 MHz -
Execution units 3 6
Shading units 768 -
FLOPS 2236 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 3200 MHz 6400 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s 51.2 Gbit/s
Max size 24 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2796 x 1290
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP -
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, VP8, VP9, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+

Connectivity

Modem Snapdragon X65 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.3
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

Announced December 2021 September 2022
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8450 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 official site -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A16 Bionic and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, or ask any questions
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Intz 30 November 2022 11:56
A16 is clearly better than Gen 1 that's out of the question. but have you thought Gen 1 is one-year old++? A16 should be compared to Gen 2 . cause they release 3 months apart. Anyway, think about that. An iPhone that came out this year has 10% better CPU, gpu performance than our last year's flagship (s22,s22 ultra, etc). But then s22 has 200% of it's ram not that it matters to iphone users. Most of them are blind anyway. Cause if they weren't they would see that Samsung's screen next to Apple's are day by night. Then after all the discussions, Apple users think they have more privacy when actually they are the product themselves in some years they will pay a premium to use the basic functions of their phones. And then there is the argument about cameras. I have a lot of things to say about that but I won't analyze everything. Samsung has better hardware and Apple has better software. End product Apple has better photos and videos (1-year difference keep in mind) But there is a big but. Due to that big difference in hardware, Samsung users get a lot from updates. When Iphone devs can't squeeze that phone any further cause Camera hardware is almost at its peak potential when Samsung cameras have so much potential and still compare nicely next to iPhones. And btw if you use Raw pictures as a "pro user" then the difference is even tinnier. That's my personal opinion and I have used both phones I stack to android cause I love freedom and hate Apple's ideology as a whole. I would consider buying an Iphone but the damn phones all look the same, 0 identity phones .. So after s21 ultra I'm probably going for a Z fold 4. That's something that is definitely different and practical for me. Ah I loved the idea of Iphone minis but wtf now they stopped em. why it was lovely.. Nobody bought those? small battery complains? W/e. I see Apple copping fold or flip idea in the near future.
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Sierra 26 November 2022 07:20
As a user of both Samsung and Apple, I must say I’m very much impressed by the Apple A16 bionic. It’s down 2 cores from my beloved 8 core snapdragon series but damn does it perform better than snapdragon to date. I’m not biased towards either system, I simply switched to Apple because I’m done with google’s BS, but I still keep android around without a google account for productivity purposes.
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Reclusive 26 November 2022 06:52
I know that many people will disagree with me, but if we compare two chips, let’s talk about their performance in real tasks. We don’t even need to consider antutu benchmark because it is not clear how the points scale. Meanwhile, we have a Geekbench that shows their performance compared to i3-8300. We won’t consider it too. We can simply open a heavy game on SD 8 gen 1 and compare its FPS to the same game with A16 iPhone and clearly see which is better. We can open adobe Premiere or any cross-platform app and edit pictures/videos and will clearly see which phone is faster. We can test the battery durability and clearly see a winner (and the winner has 20-30% less battery capacity). Other things related to this comparison like “usability”, “comfort”, animations, and other personal stuff are biased. Which phone you wanna use is your personal choice but their raw performance will never be the same.
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Harry 03 November 2022 00:04
Check the price of POCO F4 GT And then check the price of the iPhone 14 Pro. If getting 7 to 10% more gaming performance and 15 to 20% of better Camera performance by paying more than double the price reasonable for you, then go for it.
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kow 30 October 2022 10:37
Just thought I'd add something here. Samsung 4nm is lower tech than TSMC 5nm (the Xnm naming scheme is all marketing past ~2005), which is to say that a 5nm chip such as say, the A15, has 26% higher transistor density than a Samsung 4nm like this snap 8 (173.1 mtx/mmA^2 TSMC N5 / 137 mtx/mmA^2 for Samsung 4LPE). The A16 runs on TSMC 4nm, which would of course have even denser transistors than TSMC 5nm and Samsung 4nm. I can't say how much more because I haven't seen charts for the N4 process... Frankly, this difference dooms the snapdragon for comparisons, especially outside performance (ex: efficiency, size).
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ea sports 21 October 2022 12:11
idk why everyone is arguing over which is better. normal use won't even need half the power either SOC has so it's pointless. if all you care about is gaming get a console or PC. if you want mobile gaming get a switch or gaming phone, not an iPhone or Samsung. yes, they both can game but that's not the intended use.
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Nobody U. Know 17 October 2022 07:22
The Windows Phone Lumia 1520 was so awesome when I got it in 2014 and it was far ahead of both Apple and SAMSUNG in stability, photography, and communications ease for social, and business utility for many years including after it was discontinued. I wish Microsoft had remained committed to its Windows Phone high-end products. Today, I settle for SAMSUNG at top of the line and there are STILL things that the old WINDOWS PHONE did better.
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ggfy 19 November 2022 14:24
I totally agree, Windows Phone misses me to this day.
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Wow 11 October 2022 16:48
Why every comment from apple fans (except Scronx) seems to be written by 5-year-old children? Use your brain and do fair comparisons! Also, don't waste your time entering this site and giving your unfounded ideas as you make it worse for yourself...
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paul 30 September 2022 17:01
it's quite hard to compare a chipset when you have different software behind it. I think both are great for the competition, I do really like the extremely fast 14 pro max.
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Random guy 29 September 2022 18:53
Stop arguing over chipsets made by the same companies, there are major protocols for making chipsets each year, it's not about "X cannot make a better chipset than Y". The truth is "the marketing tricks force people to comparison products" that's how both get their sales each year. No comparison = fewer sales. So don't get too zealous over X or Y.
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EMDEE 29 September 2022 06:56
You people should stop wasting your time Apple's bionic chipset is not made by apple but by a third-party company like in Asia, the apple only designs their phone and software. And most of the company that is making chipset are partners with Qualcomm so either way, Qualcomm is benefiting from Apple. Is just a marketing strategy by saying A BIONIC is better or SNAPDRAGON is better, is not that they can't make a better CHIPSET than APPLE is that they will mess up their Business... use your head.
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Asad 25 October 2022 14:13
Exactly all human technology. All about the same.
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Scronx 13 September 2022 16:01
Anyways Apple has one of the best processors for sure, they don't overheat like hell in simple tasks more over have longer update support, and simply perform better. There's no fun in having a million plus antutu score or what so over, anyways even an A14 bionic is better than 8 plus gen 1 if you don't live in a cold region cuz these new chips heat like anything. There's no way someone would actually consider 8gen 1 better than A16.
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Vincent Knorr 24 September 2022 22:21
Absolutely correct apple has the best smartphones in the world change my mind and all the others are way way behind the same with tablets and smartwatches over computers laptops airpods apple tv homepod ipad macbook imac and so on and so on.
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Marius 27 September 2022 13:48
Vincent Knorr, "Apple has the best smartphones in the world change my mind" Why change your mind while it is YOUR opinion, after all? For me, Apple does not have the best smartphones. There are several good options for anyone out there, you know - not just one platform.
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Rolly 05 October 2022 05:02
Vincent Knorr, Apple iPhone technology is at least 2 years behind that of Android.
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Apple crusher 11 October 2022 16:30
Before making such unfounded comments try to compare your needs from your phone with the money in your pocket.
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Mark 11 September 2022 13:19
Wait for snapdragon 8 Gen 2
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Alex 22 September 2022 19:23
Wait for apple bionic a17 😎
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Sammy 02 October 2022 11:01
Alex, Boring bionic, Chipsets in apple are like putting a new engine in a 30-year-old car.
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devesh 10 September 2022 02:16
Nothing beats apple's chip.
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Apple crusher 11 October 2022 16:26
Yeah, check Snapdragon 8+ gen 1.
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bruh 14 October 2022 14:00
you should check The AnTuTu 9 Benchmark vs Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 then talk again.
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Apple crusher 09 September 2022 17:21
Android flagship chips are just insane!! Absolutely perfect for gaming, where apple lacks far behind.
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Jonathan 22 September 2022 17:37
That's a big lie I have tecno camon 19 pro 5g when I tried playing PUBG it wouldn't load later I bought iphone 14 pro max any game I put I will play well. If I am lying go and compare it.
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Заглотус 26 September 2022 06:21
Jonathan, Ты реально настолько глупый? В твоём tecno camon 19 pro стоит древний чип от медиатек ( g95), который даже в момент своего выхода задумывался, как чип хуже среднего. А a16 bionic — это флагман.
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Marius 27 September 2022 13:40
Jonathan, Hahaha dude, Tecno Camon 19 Pro... is a $200 smartphone with a MediaTek chip (Helio G96, it performs at about 70% of a Snapdragon 695). Hardly 'flagship'. No wonder the iPhone 14 Pro Max performs better, it is 7-8x more expensive xD
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Apple crusher 11 October 2022 16:18
Jonathan, Are you kidding me? Do you compare a mid-range phone (dimensity 810) with a flagship? Of course, a 1700€ phone is faster than a 400€ phone! I recommend you do this fair comparison: Iphone 7 vs Xiaomi Blackshark 5 Pro 5G.
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notbias 09 September 2022 10:43
Android chips won't surpass Apple silicon forever. Change my mind.
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Marius 27 September 2022 13:44
A) There is no such thing as 'Android Chips'. B) If you mean 'other chips' then how do you know? If Apple surpassed Qualcomm at some point, why won't Qualcomm (or any other maker) ever be able to surpass Apple at some point? That's like saying nobody will ever make a faster production car than Koenigsegg because they hold the current record.
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Sammy 02 October 2022 11:03
Marius, Exactly besides apple doesn't make its chips its made by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
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bruh 14 October 2022 14:00
watch AnTuTu 9 benchmark then talk again. Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 already beat Apple with The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios. Android flagships have better GPU and more RAM so good luck apple fanboy.
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Sierra 26 November 2022 07:22
Marius, It’s the same argument for Intel vs AMD. Competition creates innovation, I’m happy Apple, google and Qualcomm are competing for the same as Intel and AMD. It produces more consumer products for the consumer.
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