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Snapdragon 865 Plus vs A14 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus (Adreno 650) 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 865 Plus
  • Has 2 cores more
  • Shows better (up to 5%) AnTuTu 8 score – 616K vs 584K
Pros of Apple A14 Bionic
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
616255
584316

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 865 Plus and A14 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 3.1 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 3.1 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.8 GHz – Thunder
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3100 MHz 3100 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.4-A
L1 cache 512 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB -
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 11.8 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 645 MHz -
Execution units 2 4
Shading units 512 -
FLOPS 1365 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 2750 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s -
Max size 16 GB -

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 698 Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2732 x 2048
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP, 2x 25MP -
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS 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 X55 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 -
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced July 2020 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus official site -

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Comments

Here you can give your opinion on the comparison of A14 Bionic and Snapdragon 865 Plus or ask any questions
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Joshyysmartt 18 November 2020 18:48
Apple has always been superior over Android when it comes to performance. The tendency of Android overcoming apple in that aspect is almost impossible.
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Nunya 24 November 2020 15:17
Its coming, TRUST ME
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Dy alpha 25 November 2020 18:30
Nunya, With samsung amd, i think android have a chance. But still apple have better response, due to how its execute its process
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Fannon 17 November 2020 03:59
Later soon, the apple ipad mini 6 will come maybe the next year 2021 March, i think it is priced around $600 - $700? The proccessor i believe is A14 bionic which is not bad.
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Xyz 09 November 2020 23:34
Fuck iOS & Android Please Google take your android into your back fuck software I made my own phone.
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oleh 06 November 2020 03:07
Those stupid ios battery and charging speed make ios useless against android 140 watt charging speed
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adsf 12 November 2020 14:48
Did you know that quick charging the battery shortens its lifespan? Androids are junk that get thrown after a year, so it doesn't matter. Iphones are made to last longer.
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sid 16 November 2020 00:17
adsf, "Iphones are made to last longer." hahahahahahahaha
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CoochieMan 17 November 2020 09:03
adsf, Ikr, You can replace it with cheaper price and you could do it by yourself. Iphone? Meh...
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Huzaifa 23 November 2020 09:13
adsf, Thats why we need to change battery of iPhones every year 😂
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Nunya 24 November 2020 15:18
sid, So true They are deliberately made slower over time, so you buy new apple phones. Androids keep their speed
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Zaddy 02 November 2020 05:38
Snapdragon 875 will crush a14 bionic. It's antutu score is over 800000+ . It will take gaming to next level. Gta 5 on smartphones
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Joshyysmartt 18 November 2020 18:45
That's when you'd see the A15 bionic, it will keep going higher and antutu benchmark score only doesn't determine the speed of a phone Geek bench matters too
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Guest User 20 November 2020 12:30
Joshyysmartt, Then 885 crush the a15 😂
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Guest User 1547 20 November 2020 15:31
Antutu doesn't matter here. iOS is always a step ahead of Android. i'll say ***k android because none of them are best at security, ios is best in privacy. And if we get into software updates, apple gives software updates for 5 years. What about andriod? they give only 2 years of updates and 3 years for google devices. When we get into the games, in every flagship device i saw recently (865 and 865+) rendering lags in Andriod. But when in iOS in my xs max with a12 bionic chip i didn't saw any rendering problem.
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Dr.Drey 25 November 2020 10:15
Guest User 1547, When ios don't sell anything within their apple store roster then they let your data to be sold by those "FREE" apps. Grant Access EBRD , so your data is hahahah
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Qualcomm 31 October 2020 04:48
The 875 is gonna cost so much more than the 865+ that it’s gonna force many brands down to the 7xx series as we’ve seen with the Pixel 5. Apple has now gotten to the point where it’s impossible for Android to offer comparable performance at the same price point. The SE at $399 is only ~$250 more than the cost of the standard 865 alone. Samsung (and other OEMs) can’t justify putting the 865+ into a $399 phone, and the price will not come down because Qualcomm has to make their cut too.
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Joshyysmartt 23 November 2020 11:15
You're apparently right 👍 When it comes to Android, most Android phones renders lag issues no matter the processor. It's better to not allow the app to run on the phone than allowing it when it's still gonna cause lag.. apple phones don't lag. Speaking of the A14 bionic and the snapdragon 875... I will generalize. Android's processor can never supersede Apple's processor. The both will keep having generations, but I don't think snapdragon will ever win.
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Tech guy 18 October 2020 18:16
I have been using iOS till 2018 and android since 2013 what I will like to say is these all talk of power and scores are BS for iPhones because most of the time I have seen people using a $1000 iPhone to use Instagram (lol) While android is more flexible, hell I even use different emulators to run PC stuff and games on Android -Apple is just a self isolated jail, android is a endless horizon (speaking from experience My First Android - Samsung galaxy s duos First IOS- Ip3s Last iOS ip8plus (2018) Current Androids- Oneplus 8/Poco x2/Asus maxpro m1
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Matteo 19 October 2020 18:40
You say that like 99% of the people who spend 1000+$ on Android don’t use it the same way as the iPhone lmao Sure Android is more flexible (jailbreak is still there), but the market doesn’t really care about pc emulators etc
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Dave 20 October 2020 05:49
I don't think most general public wants to mess with system or anything. They simply wants a easy to use and seamless user experience which Apple delivers way better than Android. In terms of performance, integration of iOS and Apple chip is so much better. Want video editing acceleration in iMovie or final cut pro or games? No problem, chip team will have a core within the chip made for that purpose. Want better security integration? No problem, secure core will encrypt all your face ID, password etc.... at a hardware level. It's not something Android comes even close.
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Tech guy 28 October 2020 08:54
I appreciate the response from 2 people who replied to me. And no I am not replying to start a debate lol Thing is while I agree what you call security (since I too used iOS for many years) one thing remains that nothing is totally secured, as even supercomputer was hacked this year So I'll leave the security thing other than that some mentioned that a14 or 15 will be far superior to android counterparts, again I agree but what good is all that power when you can't push it to MAX? A14 can only run on ip And run stuff from appstore (jailbreak is like dealbreak for many) On the other hand even a mere 636 or a midranger 730 can be put to brutal test Of course it's everyone's Personal opinion on what you want and desire And more importantly it's your money you spend. But for me I will never buy a iphone again, not because I cant afford it but because I feel I lose my freedom and all when I buy a apple product In the end Apple is for simplicity and should be used the way it is intended to be. Android is a open field, where you can build skyscrapers, use it as farm-sow different seeds and see what grows or can be a experiment gone wrong XD You need to decide if you want freedom or simplicity.
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Sgrg 08 November 2020 13:25
Matteo, Well y'All can talk about processors. But in this age of internet iphone's wifi antennae is rubbish comparatively like seriously. I have to go closer to router to connect than i would have to for android. I got iPhone X (birthday gift) so I know, the data cable is also rubbish 2.0... I have not been able to copy any videos to my desktop, I've tried half dozen cables, the one that came with phone as well. Pictures it can handle but videos oh it just can't take the load. oh how advanced and technologically superior! So what if the processor is fast. Its the INTERNET and DATA TRANSFER that's the other big part. And iPhones lose badly in that section.
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Jitalik 12 November 2020 21:06
Dave, True. You can do plenty of stuff on android, just dropped my third attempt to switch to it. iOS has limitations, sure, but even so, everything is so much more fleshed out and plenty of software is either nowhere to be found of android, either extremely unreliable.
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sid 16 November 2020 00:20
Dave, Android is really easy to use lmao
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Wink 20 November 2020 22:07
Tech guy, I agree, I am the type of person who likes to use/side load third party apps and fully customize my phone to my liking. I also prefer speed, efficiency, and a good battery life over something that lasts. IOS’s biggest advantage over android is its security and simplicity, but to people like me those are simply jails instead of protection. Additionally Jail breaking IOS is just a straight up pain in the neck and side loading using IPA files are also such a hassle that I don’t need. Android provides much better specs than IOS for a cheaper price, are easy to customize, and you don’t need to root your device in order to side load apps. Like you said it really does depend on the person in the end of it.
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Lmao 17 October 2020 13:43
The A14 is getting much praise for its improvement and I agree that it is a very good chip but if its barely scraping its way out on top against the 865 plus then the next test against the next chip from android will probably beat the next iPhone chip. For the price of the iPhone compared to the other gaming phones, such as the ROG, who give many more features and specs such as the 120-144 FPS or the massive battery. Apple just isn’t cutting it in my opinion.
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Philippe 15 October 2020 19:36
A14 bionic is faster but still IOS and not Android !
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Guest 04 October 2020 15:46
Wonder how snapdragon 865+ and 875 would perform on proprietary Apple iOS, instead of open Android platform?
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random-guy 27 September 2020 01:27
Antutu scores of Androids and Iphones are not comparable, so the A14 is the clearly better SoC (even the A13).
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Guest USer 25 September 2020 18:29
The 875 is going to beat the A14 in multi core performance but won't be able to get the single core performance (it will be close)
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San Adjie 17 November 2020 13:02
well, not true. depend on clock speed (Hz) it has. (Performance Without RAM, VGA, etc) little explanation, A14 & 865 both have 3,1 KHz Fast Core. the difference is A14 has 2 cores on it meanwhile 865+ only has one. that means A14 has slightly faster performance about 15%-30% than 865+. (Multi-threading) if they have same core (Single Core perfomance) and same clocking speed, Performance, on ideal condition, must be the same.
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Shadowpain 25 September 2020 01:06
Now is Apple in lead. Next step is 875. A14 is response to 865....and next step for Apple is A15. Both compainies do great job. Grats
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Kashyap 25 October 2020 05:04
Isn't the a14 the competitor to the 875 and the exynos 2100? They're only like 2 months away.
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Tree 23 September 2020 04:00
Android does have a lot more choices for cheaper devices, but right now Samsung's flagship phones are blowing Apples out of the water in every way. I guess we'll have to see what the iPhone 12 can do.
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andre 19 October 2020 11:13
what it can do : forcing you to buy adapter and earphone
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Kwakr 26 October 2020 20:34
ya brw in terms of specs good! but when it comes to user experience iphones are better choice in my opinion! after 3-4 yrs max android phones are done no software updates nothin when it comes to iphones even the 6s got the 14 update. which android has it I don’t know in my knowledge .
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Laki78 01 November 2020 11:04
Kwakr, Why would you use phone for 4+ years when it becomes obsolete anyway... not to mention degrading battery life and display? Its lifecycle is 3 year max.
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Guest User 18 September 2020 23:07
Apple has best chipset made up of 5nm. And apple has more power efficiency technology which enables device to perform smoothly and fast. But I really do appreciate Qualcomm Snapdragon for doing such wonderful work. I am amazed to see that A14 looses to 865+ in antutu benchmark test. I really do appreciate Qualcomm. But overall I so support apple because apple has best iOS and app optimization is just amazing. Android cannot stand before apple.
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Parag 10 November 2020 17:22
Apple just forces us to use itfor simplicity and doesn't even allow to test things and stuffs and on other way Android is open platform and many times better then ios
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AM007 17 November 2020 13:50
the scoring mechanisms for the iOS version and the Android version of Antutu Benchmark are significantly different, and therefore the test results of the two versions are not directly comparable..cross platform comparison is not possible ..i don’t know what makes you say that a14 lost to 865+ when the app developers themselves say you cannot compare the scores
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