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Snapdragon 835 vs Apple A9

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (Adreno 540) with the older 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR 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 835
  • Has 6 more cores
  • Supports 100% higher memory bandwidth (29.8 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Announced 1-year and 3-months later
  • Shows significantly better (up to 64%) AnTuTu 8 score – 283K vs 173K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 14 nm)
  • 32% higher CPU clock speed (2450 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~9%)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
283991
173117
CPU 81260 70699
GPU 109179 36687
Memory 49789 31959
UX 38165 35338
Total score 283991 173117

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Apple A9 +39%
547
Multi-Core Score
1715
1003
Image compression 95.3 Mpixels/s 53.4 Mpixels/s
Face detection 13.3 images/s 9.04 images/s
Speech recognition 31.5 words/s 21.9 words/s
Machine learning 24.1 images/s 26.3 images/s
Camera shooting 14.5 images/s 12.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.99 Mnodes/s 1.34 Mnodes/s
SQLite 534.8 Krows/s 313 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 835 and Apple A9

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.45 GHz – Kryo 280 (Cortex-A73)
4x 1.9 GHz – Kryo 280 (Cortex-A53)
2x 1.85 GHz – Twister
Cores 8 2
Frequency 2450 MHz 1850 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.1-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 128 KB -
L2 cache 2 MB 3 MB
L3 cache - 8 MB
Process 10 nanometers 14 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion 2 billion
TDP 9 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 540 PowerVR GT7600
Architecture Adreno 500 Rogue
GPU frequency 710 MHz 650 MHz
Execution units 2 6
Shading units 256 192
FLOPS 558 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1333 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 29.8 Gbit/s 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 682 No
Storage type UFS 2.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 1920 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 32MP, 2x 16MP 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs Qualcomm aptX, Qualcomm Aqstic AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X16 LTE Qualcomm MDM9635M
4G support LTE Cat. 16 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1000 Mbps Up to 450 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced November 2016 September 2015
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number MSM8998 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 official site -

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So, which SoC would you choose?
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Total votes: 37

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