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Snapdragon 855 vs A14 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (Adreno 640) with the newer 6-core Apple A14 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 855
  • Has 2 more cores
Pros of Apple A14 Bionic
  • Has 6 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 855
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 42%) AnTuTu 8 score – 598K vs 421K
  • Announced 1-year and 10-months later
  • Supports 25% higher memory bandwidth (42.7 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • 5% higher CPU clock speed (2990 vs 2840 MHz)
  • 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
A14 Bionic +42%
598304
CPU 142660 173864
GPU 172185 208037
Memory 56295 106696
UX 53180 93575
Total score 421015 598304

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A14 Bionic +116%
1582
Multi-Core Score
A14 Bionic +47%
3826
Image compression 143.55 Mpixels/s 174.85 Mpixels/s
Face detection 23.7 images/s 33.7 images/s
Speech recognition 44.8 words/s 95.65 words/s
Machine learning 45.65 images/s 95.8 images/s
Camera shooting 24.2 images/s 38.45 images/s
HTML 5 2.93 Mnodes/s 4.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 783.05 Krows/s 1060 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Call of Duty: Mobile 56 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Fortnite 28 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Shadowgun Legends 51 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 59 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 57 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
1080 x 2340
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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 855 and A14 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 2.99 GHz – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2840 MHz 2990 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.1-A ARMv8.4-A
L1 cache 384 KB -
L2 cache 768 KB -
L3 cache 2 MB 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 6.7 billion 11.8 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

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

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2133 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 690 Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.0 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2732 x 2048
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, 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 X24 LTE, X50 5G -
4G support LTE Cat. 20 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2000 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced December 2018 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8150 APL1W01
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 official site -

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