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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.


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 more cores
Pros of Apple A14 Bionic
  • Has 4 MB larger L3 cache size than the Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Better instruction set architecture


Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU 17849 173864
GPU 236287 208037
Memory 98253 106696
UX 99657 93575
Total score 623344 618129
AnTuTu results from iOS and Android are not directly comparable! They won't affect NanoReview scores.

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Image compression - 174.85 Mpixels/s
Face detection - 33.7 images/s
Speech recognition - 95.65 words/s
Machine learning - 95.8 images/s
Camera shooting - 38.45 images/s
HTML 5 - 4.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite - 1060 Krows/s


Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 74 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
Fortnite 28 FPS
World of Tanks Blitz 104 FPS
Genshin Impact 56 FPS
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
Device Asus ROG Phone 3
1080 x 2340
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.


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


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 – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
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 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 11.8 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W


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 type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2750 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 6 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+


Modem X55 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 18
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


Announced July 2020 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB APL1W01
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus official site -

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Please give your opinion on the comparison of A14 Bionic and Snapdragon 865 Plus, or ask any questions
Fuchsia 14 December 2020 15:05
Android has significantly more features than iOS. Both mobile systems are Unix-like systems. With Android 10 or 11, you can customize a lot more. For example, I can create a local personal Wi-Fi hotspot, I can do Wi-Fi sharing, I can create a 5Ghz Wi-Fi hotspot and there is no timeout. With iOS 14 it is only since iPhone 12 possible to create a 5Ghz Wi-Fi hotspot, but the Wi-Fi hotspot has a time out of 15 minutes (never changed with iOS). There is no setting to allow the Wi-Fi hotspot to stay on until the battery is empty or to turn it off manually, as is the case with Android or a mobile Wi-Fi router. There are many more details differences. Android is freedom, I don't need a Google account to install apps. I can download open source apps (apk file). On Android, custom Tastutar APP are much more seamlessly integrated into Android system than iOS. On iOS there are constant lag and bugs with custom keyboard. Android you can set up and use completely locally. With iOS you need a data connection without a data connection you can't complete iOS setup = no local use possible (you can't take photos either). Privacy. When you use Android with Google services, by default a lot of data is connected to external servers without asking the user, same for iOS. On iOS there are less external servers, but Google and Apple always know when you were online and always track you. With Apple it's even worse, because as I said before, if you don't want a data connection, you can set up and use an Android with Google service locally. With iOS products it is not possible, you need a data connection in the setup and later an Apple ID account to download apps. Sideloading on iOS is not user friendly, completely limited, requires external devices and online account. Conclusion: Android and iOS are not the perfect mobile systems for me in my eyes. Best are micro kernel systems or live systems that will come in the future. They are optimized for freedom, performance, security and works on a lot of devices more than a smartphone product. For example Fuchsia from Google or HarmonyOS (Huawei).
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Peter 15 December 2020 05:18
You will really talk about privacy and security when android is owned by one of top privacy/etc abusers Google? Not to say that its US company, hence you can forget about security as they are obliged to work with authorities lol Stop living in dream world or hollywood, wake up.
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Isabelle 15 December 2020 16:48
Peter, Apple is a US company and has the same privacy problems as Android (Google service) or Android (other service). Both US companies are complete dependence to the governments and money system. Only Android (AOSP) itself without Google service and other service are freedom and open source. Currently there are 3 different Android versions. Android with Google service, Android with Huawei service and Android (AOSP). The last is the original so similar to many Linux systems. No proprietary services are installed. The problem is simply that originally Android was free and google with their market power bought Android and thus prevented a successful mobile operating system from becoming independent and funded and supported by the community. why it is generally not possible is also because many areas in politics, economics and financial systems are dominated by men. Men tend to use power and hierarchy. more competent women and men who do not have these characteristics need to be in position to enable a harmonious way of life.
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Paul 16 December 2020 07:45
Harmony? That's a Chinese shit which ill never switch to.
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Barry 17 July 2021 06:11
You really wanna say that Android is more private than iOS when Google 84% revenue comes from Google Ads which is by selling users data. Whereas Apple makes no income from any ads. In fact they added App Transparency where you can control if you can share your information or not. I don't recall Google taking any decisions like that
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iDroid 08 December 2020 15:58
Android vs iPhone - the same age old argument. Who cares whether one OS is faster that the other on paper? At the end it's just figures. It really has become a game of cock worship - who's got the biggest one when praying at the benchmark alter. At the end of the day, it's what works best for YOU. Raw figures don't mean anything - just a fact of life - some prefer Android, some prefer iOS - for me, I switched to iOS after using Android for the past 10 years - something I never thought I'd do - guess I've grown up.
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Lmao 29 November 2020 11:35
Who cares about strong a14 chip if the phone cant go above 61hz refresh rate lol
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Cool dude 01 December 2020 05:56
Dude, with the upcoming ipad Pro 2021, it will have the a14x, which is confirmed to have 120 hertz and possible 144 hertz display. Now lol to you haha
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Cooler dude 01 December 2020 19:10
Cool dude, it already has 120hz....
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Ramdom txt 02 December 2020 19:42
dude they just didn’t do it this year because of battery issues
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Josh 08 December 2020 20:27
A14 can run most games at the highest settings at 60 fps, for the 865 it doesn't run higher than 60 stable so what's the point in the higher refresh.
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Paul 16 December 2020 07:47
Josh, Facts to the Fandroids, XD
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Asep 04 January 2021 15:37
Josh, "for the 865 it doesn't run higher than 60 stable", can u clarify ur sentences? I don't get it
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120HZ 13 March 2021 17:42
They didn't put 120hz on iPhone because they didn't have much time and it would cost more, which might lead to less than enough sales for them.
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Jordan 27 April 2021 16:56
Josh, Higher refresh rate goes further than just gaming. It also helps with smoothness in videos (60hz runs smoother on 120 than on 60). Along with that, it helps with the smoothness of scrolling. A 120 panel will scroll smoother than a 60hz panel. Gaming is a good way to determine how the GPU will perform. Adding a screen that the native resolution is 120hz but the gpu won't handel 120 on ultra (which is what most people run. I personally run at whatever I can play with a smooth fr) For instance, I have a 3070 BUT still have a 1080p monitor that runs 240. Why???? Because at ultra (or even medium) with all settings tweaked for my liking (only game I play is r6) it plays so much smoother than my 4k ips display at 120 ( even though the gpu won't handle 4k 120hz unless i use Vulcan.....which still will drop fr in demanding frames i.e. nitro cells or any other explosion along with quick peaks with firefights. Overall I prefer a higher refresh panel that can handle the ghosting of low fps with a higher native panel......which this panel can handel. This phone is on point for the price no doubt.
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ARM 26 November 2020 04:12
The reason apple is faster is because it can optimize for one brand and one OS. Android is open source and has to optimize for a wide range of products. The big difference is the open source software in android! Android phones can be rooted much easier and you have the freedom to install whatever you please and do what you want with your phone. But, if you want security and a fast phone that just works, Apple is for you. One problem with iphones are that they slow with age through updates. This done to keep an aging battery to spec. Apple finds it better to underclock your phone and keep your battery hours up. Both are good phones and 99% of people on here will never use any of these phones to their full potential! The difference is so minimal in real life, that you can't tell. Also apple and samsung make each other's parts anyway. Then they sue each other. So you probably holding a "samapple"!
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Hello 04 December 2020 10:52
Actually, compared to android, apple ages well - today you can still use an iphone 6 and it will be pretty crisp, compared to samsung galaxy s6, or other android phone at that time, so the problem is across all platforms and mostly for Android phones!
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^ this person is wrong 10 January 2021 22:04
Hello, Dude my friend has an old iPhone 6 and even after replacing the battery that iPhone 6 according to him lags a lot even in instagram or sometimes even whatsapp and sometimes has ghost touching. My s6, which hasn't had a battery replacement in closer to 6 years (while the iPhone has been in use for less than 5 years) still performs good enough and suffers *almost* zero lag in instagram or whatsapp
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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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Random txt 02 December 2020 19:46
A14 has much better score thn 888 not 875 😂
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AlphaCentauri 03 December 2020 13:57
Guest User, Then apple will start putting M1 chip on their phones.....
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Samsung Lover 03 December 2020 21:07
Guest User 1547, Everything you say to siri is stored in Apple's Office then it is analyzed and stored,and you say that this is Privacy !!
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Aditya 10 December 2020 03:02
Samsung Lover, Well no one can say anything to change your mind if your name is samsung lover it's just a waste of time
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Paul 16 December 2020 08:09
You people will always fight the older generations. come on show what you have fight the A15
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The Guy 24 December 2020 05:08
Samsung Lover, That isn’t true. The data they store is to better tailor your iOS experience to you and you can opt out of it. Apple is the best in privacy because they not only offer you that choice, but they won’t give it to anyone. The most sensitive of information never even gets to them. It’s encrypted and stored on the phone itself. Dunno if google can say the same about their android os.
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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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aditya 26 November 2020 07:57
LMAO SE... No-one gonna buy a ferrari with 2 gallon fuel tank.
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Name 05 January 2021 15:13
aditya, The iPhone SE goes a long way on such a small "fuel tank."
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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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Chris 05 December 2020 20:42
Playing genshin impact: My rog 3 overclocks even lowest settings WHEN run on 60 fps.. My ipad air with a14 bionic does not overclock using 60 fps on high settings.
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Jake 10 December 2020 10:33
Chris, You are right, but i am seeing heavy frame drops since they haven't fully optimize the game
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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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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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