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Snapdragon 845 vs A12 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (Adreno 630) with the newer 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 845
  • Has 2 cores more
  • 12% higher CPU clock speed (2800 vs 2490 MHz)
Pros of Apple A12 Bionic
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (7 versus 10 nm)
  • Performs 38% better in floating-point computations
  • Announced 9 months later
  • Supports 14% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 29.8 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 14%) AnTuTu 8 score – 407K vs 357K
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
A12 Bionic +155%
1138
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
A12 Bionic +70%
2967
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
A12 Bionic +14%
407124

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 845 and A12 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.8 GHz – Kryo 385 Gold (Cortex-A75)
4x 1.5 GHz – Kryo 385 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 2.49 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.6 GHz – Tempest
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2800 MHz 2490 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 8 MB
L3 cache 2 MB -
Process 10 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion 6.9 billion

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 630 Apple A12 Bionic GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 710 MHz -
Cores - 4
Number of ALUs 256 -
FLOPS 727 Gigaflops 1000 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 1x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth 29.8 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 685 Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution 1x 32MP, 2x 16MP 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs DSD 32-бит/384 кГц Protected AAC, AAC‑LC, Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+, HE‑AAC v2, MP3

Connectivity

Modem X20 LTE -
4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo

Info

Announced December 2017 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SDM845 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
5 (33.3%)
10 (66.7%)
Total votes: 15

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