Snapdragon 865 vs A14 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (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
  • Has 2 more cores
Pros of Apple A14 Bionic
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Supports 25% higher memory bandwidth (42.7 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • Announced 10-months later
  • 9% higher CPU clock speed (3100 vs 2840 MHz)
  • Shows better (up to 11%) AnTuTu 9 score – 716K vs 645K
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
A14 Bionic +11%
716200
CPU 179581 185695
GPU 217033 285023
Memory 117282 118389
UX 135531 131689
Total score 645169 716200
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
A14 Bionic +70%
1583
Multi-Core Score
A14 Bionic +19%
4094
Image compression 164.1 Mpixels/s 174.85 Mpixels/s
Face detection 26.1 images/s 33.7 images/s
Speech recognition 49.6 words/s 95.65 words/s
Machine learning 50 images/s 95.8 images/s
Camera shooting 29.5 images/s 38.45 images/s
HTML 5 3.25 Mnodes/s 4.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 880 Krows/s 1060 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A14 Bionic +82%
7612
Stability 99% 77%
Graphics test 25 FPS 45 FPS
Score 4176 7612

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 61 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 30 FPS
[Ultra]
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World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Genshin Impact 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Xiaomi Mi 10 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 865 and A14 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.84 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 2840 MHz 3100 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache 128 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB 8 MB
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 10.3 billion 11.8 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 587 MHz -
Execution units 2 4
Shading units 512 -
FLOPS 1228 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2750 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 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 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 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 5.1 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced December 2019 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB APL1W01
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A14 Bionic and Snapdragon 865, or ask any questions
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Lee 08 July 2021 06:40
A14 is overprice. In fact Snapdragon 865, is running pretty close to neck to neck race. The A14 lead with a small margin only. So Snapdragon 865 price is value for money
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mkay 04 November 2021 10:57
“small margin” lol ..........
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a Martin 10 November 2021 13:59
mkay, Is +71% single core performance for the A14 ”small margin”? :D Even +18% in multicore performance for the A14 despite having to cores less than the 865. 🤷‍♂️
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Noremil Ferraren 22 November 2020 10:46
I’m a fan of apple product so i choose a14 bionic chip rather than snap dragon 865
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lol 20 November 2020 15:21
a14 is so strong but it price..................... :(((((
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