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Snapdragon 855 vs A13 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (Adreno 640) with the newer 6-core Apple A13 Bionic (Apple A13 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 855
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Performs 22% better in floating-point computations
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2840 vs 2660 MHz)
Pros of Apple A13 Bionic
  • Shows better (up to 23%) AnTuTu 8 score – 519K vs 420K
  • Announced 9-months later
  • 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
A13 Bionic +23%
519316
CPU 142660 158367
GPU 172185 218423
Memory 56295 65604
UX 53180 80367
Total score 420582 519316

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A13 Bionic +80%
1318
Multi-Core Score
A13 Bionic +36%
3493
Image compression 143.55 Mpixels/s 151.6 Mpixels/s
Face detection 23.7 images/s 29.65 images/s
Speech recognition 44.8 words/s 87.4 words/s
Machine learning 45.65 images/s 72.5 images/s
Camera shooting 24.2 images/s 33.75 images/s
HTML 5 2.93 Mnodes/s 3.81 Mnodes/s
SQLite 783.05 Krows/s 901.1 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
57 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 56 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 28 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends 51 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 59 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact - 59 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 57 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
1080 x 2340
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
828 x 1792
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 855 and A13 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.84 GHz – Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Gold)
3x 2.42 GHz – Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Gold)
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55 (Kryo 485 Silver)
2x 2.66 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.6 GHz – Thunder
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2840 MHz 2660 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.1-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache 384 KB 48 KB
L2 cache 768 KB 4 MB
L3 cache 2 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 6.7 billion 8.5 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 640 Apple A13 Bionic GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 585 MHz -
Execution units 2 4
Shading units 384 -
FLOPS 899 Gigaflops 736 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.1
DirectX version 12 12.1

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s -
Max size 16 GB -

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 690 Yes, Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.0 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution 1x 192MP, 2x 22MP -
Video capture 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, 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+

Connectivity

Modem X24 LTE, X50 5G -
4G support LTE Cat. 20 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 2000 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 220 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo

Info

Announced December 2018 September 2019
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8150 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 official site -

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