Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 vs A15 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (Adreno 740) with the older 6-core Apple A15 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 2
  • Shows significantly better (up to 55%) AnTuTu 9 score – 1239K vs 798K
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Has a smaller size transistor (4 versus 5 nm)
  • Announced 1-year and 2-months later
  • Better instruction set architecture
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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
1239545
798942
CPU 264139 208246
GPU 548684 322246
Memory 227638 131426
UX 193923 135941
Total score 1239545 798942
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 251.3 Mpixels/s 224.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 46.2 images/s 43.1 images/s
Speech recognition 122.9 words/s 136.1 words/s
Machine learning 114.1 images/s 104.9 images/s
Camera shooting 51.7 images/s 49.3 images/s
HTML 5 5.81 Mnodes/s 5.64 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1510 Krows/s 1270 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
13243
8739
Stability 86% 79%
Graphics test 79 FPS 52 FPS
Score 13243 8739

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and A15 Bionic

CPU

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 3.24 GHz – Avalanche
4x 2.02 GHz – Blizzard
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3200 MHz 3240 MHz
Instruction set ARMv9-A ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache - 256 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 32 MB
L3 cache 8 MB -
Process 4 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 15 billion
TDP - 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 740 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 700 -
GPU frequency - 1200 MHz
Execution units - 5
Shading units - 640
Vulkan version 1.3 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 8400 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth - 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 24 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes 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, 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 X70 -
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 7 6
Bluetooth 5.3 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

Announced November 2022 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8550-AB APL1W07
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 official site -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A15 Bionic and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, or ask any questions
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Jojo 11 December 2022 16:03
Even though the chips are good, the android os still can't beat the apple os in terms of stability, security, etc. But it's good IF the Android os can beat the apple os since the android chip can beat the apple chip; moreover, the phone is CHEAP! I can't wait for this to happen. Common sense? Does anyone agree?
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kultar singh 19 January 2023 21:02
these benchmarks are done on android devices with snapdragon 8 gen 2 in them which means that Android os is becoming more and more stable and it is now comparable with ios.
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tim 09 December 2022 16:03
gen2's antutu gpu score is almost 2 times that of apple's. really crazy to see how far they've come
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ItzRandom 04 December 2022 13:31
Why you can't accept for once that an android flagship chips beat apple chips? Also, for those who grouse about "heating issues" on sd 8gen2, you should notice that every android flagship nowadays comes with superior liquid-cooling systems, meaning normal temperatures (
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monticello 20 November 2022 02:46
A15 heat control is better than Gen2.
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will 28 November 2022 04:05
How do you know about this?
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Lol 03 December 2022 04:49
Bruh who said that apple don't have any vapour colingwood system so it is a win-win situation
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im not givin out my name 21 December 2022 19:15
actually, the 8 gen 2 consumes less power, has better performance per watt, and is faster. that's compared to the a16, not the a15.
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