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Snapdragon 845 vs Apple A9

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (Adreno 630) 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 845
  • Has 6 more cores
  • Shows significantly better (up to 2.1x) AnTuTu 8 score – 361K vs 173K
  • Announced 2-years and 3-months later
  • Supports 100% higher memory bandwidth (29.8 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • 51% higher CPU clock speed (2800 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 14 nm)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~9%)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Apple A9
  • Has 6 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 845

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
361734
173117
CPU 101932 70699
GPU 144105 36687
Memory 56515 31959
UX 57020 35338
Total score 361734 173117

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Apple A9 +7%
547
Multi-Core Score
2206
1003
Image compression 128.5 Mpixels/s 53.4 Mpixels/s
Face detection 20.4 images/s 9.04 images/s
Speech recognition 37.8 words/s 21.9 words/s
Machine learning 35.8 images/s 26.3 images/s
Camera shooting 19.4 images/s 12.2 images/s
HTML 5 2.62 Mnodes/s 1.34 Mnodes/s
SQLite 686.3 Krows/s 313 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 53 FPS
[Ultra]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 55 FPS
[High]
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Fortnite 28 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Shadowgun Legends 48 FPS
[High]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 56 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Device Xiaomi Pocophone F1
1080 x 2246
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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 845 and Apple A9

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.8 GHz – Kryo 385 Gold (Cortex-A75)
4x 1.5 GHz – Kryo 385 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 1.85 GHz – Twister
Cores 8 2
Frequency 2800 MHz 1850 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 256 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB 3 MB
L3 cache 2 MB 8 MB
Process 10 nanometers 14 nanometers
Transistor count 3 billion 2 billion
TDP 9 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 630 PowerVR GT7600
Architecture Adreno 600 Rogue
GPU frequency 710 MHz 650 MHz
Execution units 2 6
Shading units 256 192
FLOPS 727 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1333 MHz
Bus 4x 16 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 685 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 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 120FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs DSD 32-бит/384 кГц AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X20 LTE Qualcomm MDM9635M
4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1200 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 GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced December 2017 September 2015
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SDM845 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
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Total votes: 43

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