Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 vs A14 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (Adreno 740) with the older 6-core Apple A14 Bionic (Apple A14 GPU) SoC. Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.


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/Vulkan
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 2
  • Performs 5.3x better in floating-point computations
  • Supports 88% higher memory bandwidth (64 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 40%) AnTuTu 10 score – 1504K vs 1073K
  • Announced 2-years and 2-months later
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Has a smaller size transistor (4 versus 5 nm)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Apple A14 Bionic
  • Higher GPU frequency (~88%)


Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 10

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU 387844 264493
GPU 587109 320681
Memory 275831 180637
UX 252948 297879
Total score 1504755 1073536
AnTuTu results from iOS and Android are not directly comparable! They won't affect NanoReview scores.

GeekBench 6

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Asset compression 210 MB/sec 167 MB/sec
HTML 5 Browser 153.9 pages/sec 105.5 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 153.3 Mpixels/sec 116.4 Mpixels/sec
Image detection 128.6 images/sec 95.7 images/sec
HDR 159.7 Mpixels/sec 147.6 Mpixels/sec
Background blur 17.1 images/sec 17.6 images/sec
Photo processing 51.9 images/sec 51.5 images/sec
Ray tracing 5.92 Mpixels/sec 5.18 Mpixels/sec
Compute Score (GPU)


A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 90% 77%
Graphics test 73 FPS 45 FPS
Score 12344 7603


Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 90 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
Fortnite 56 FPS
Shadowgun Legends 118 FPS
World of Tanks Blitz 120 FPS
Genshin Impact 59 FPS
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
Device ZTE Nubia Red Magic 8 Pro
1116 x 2480
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.


Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and A14 Bionic


Architecture 1x 3.2 GHz – Cortex-X3
2x 2.8 GHz – Cortex-A715
2x 2.8 GHz – Cortex-A710
3x 2 GHz – Cortex-A510
2x 3.1 GHz – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3200 MHz 3100 MHz
Instruction set ARMv9-A ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache - 128 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 8 MB
L3 cache 8 MB -
Process 4 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 11.8 billion
TDP 6.3 W 6 W
Manufacturing TSMC TSMC


GPU name Adreno 740 Apple A14 GPU
Architecture Adreno 700 Apple GPU
GPU frequency 680 MHz 1278 MHz
Execution units 2 4
Shading units 1280 64
Total shaders 2560 256
FLOPS 3481.6 Gigaflops 654.3 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12.1 -


Memory type LPDDR5X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 4200 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 64 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 24 GB 6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.1, UFS 4.0 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2732 x 2048
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP -
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 60FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, AV1, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+


Modem Snapdragon X70 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 10000 Mbps Up to 7500 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 3500 Mbps Up to 2500 Mbps
Wi-Fi 7 6
Bluetooth 5.3 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo


Announced November 2022 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8550-AB APL1W01
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 official site -
Further details
Notes on Snapdragon 8 Gen 2:
    - There's also the "Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy," which only differs by having a 160 MHz higher CPU clock and a 39 MHz higher GPU clock, resulting in 3681 GFLOPS for the GPU. Generally, you won't notice this difference in real-life usage, including games.

Cast your vote

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Please give your opinion on the comparison of A14 Bionic and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, or ask any questions
Matt OD 11 September 2023 12:24
The competition is just going to swing back and forth. Wait until the iPhone A15 ProSuperUltra Max, they will again take the lead. Until the Snapdragon Gen 3 Type-A Turbo Boost Charger.
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Randy chan 23 February 2023 22:28
Although the Qualcomm snapdragon 8 gen 2 has higher specs(thanks to it being 26 months newer) than Apple's in-house made A14 bionic chipset powering the iphone 12, those comparisons don't tell the whole story of which phone will perform better in real-world usages. That's because the phone powered by the 8 gen 2 is android based while the iphone 12 powered by A14 bionic is ios based. For more than 5 years now, iphones have proven to have superior software-hardware efficiency optimization thanks to their in-house made ios OS vs android OS-based phones.
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AstralDice 05 September 2023 13:28
It shouldn't come to a surprise that Apple's CPUs run better on iOS than Qualcomm's CPUs running on Android OS. Apple has its own OS, resulting in Apple being able to optimize its OS down to hell. Qualcomm is running on Android which is highly customizable. At the same time, Android OS needs to be customizable to fit to any phone not designed by Apple. If take the raw performance and somehow manage to eliminate the factor of operating systems, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 would be superior in this test.
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Ehsan 07 January 2023 22:08
How did apple manage to achieve this huge of a single core score that long before?!
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guest 06 January 2023 20:36
how the hell does the a14 has a higher single core score than the brand new 8 gen 2?
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Him 10 January 2023 22:11
Most likely OS optimisation. But then again apple prioritises cpu over gpu
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Boris 02 February 2023 06:35
Design and architecture. Also cache. :) Others will always chase Apple's SoC.
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Randy chan 23 February 2023 22:36
Him, You're absolutely right about that, OS optimization is the key, and Apple's in-house closed ecosystem of making both their hardware (A14 bionic in this case) and their software ios OS gives them superior hardware-software optimization compared to android based phones.
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