Snapdragon 865 vs A15 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (Adreno 650) with the newer 6-core Apple A15 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 A15 Bionic
  • Higher GPU frequency (~2x)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Announced 1-year and 10-months later
  • Supports 25% higher memory bandwidth (42.7 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 23%) AnTuTu 9 score – 797K vs 648K
  • 13% higher CPU clock speed (3223 vs 2840 MHz)
  • 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
A15 Bionic +23%
797271
CPU 179581 216602
GPU 217033 336667
Memory 117282 112950
UX 135531 131916
Total score 648563 797271
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
A15 Bionic +86%
1719
Multi-Core Score
A15 Bionic +37%
4712
Image compression 164.1 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 26.1 images/s -
Speech recognition 49.6 words/s -
Machine learning 50 images/s -
Camera shooting 29.5 images/s -
HTML 5 3.25 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 880 Krows/s -

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A15 Bionic +119%
9558
Stability 99% 81%
Graphics test 26 FPS 57 FPS
Score 4370 9558

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]
-
Fortnite 30 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Genshin Impact 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
-
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 A15 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 3.223 GHz – Avalanche
4x 1.82 GHz – Blizzard
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2840 MHz 3223 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 15 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 587 MHz 1200 MHz
Execution units 2 5
Shading units 512 640
FLOPS 1228 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2750 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 8 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 -
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. 24
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, QZSS

Info

Announced December 2019 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AB APL1W07
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 official site -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A15 Bionic and Snapdragon 865, or ask any questions
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you scored 29 September 2021 16:17
iphone 13 so much better than the new Samsung's apart from camera ill say samsung has better camera
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Tim Cook 28 April 2022 15:01
Hi there, thank you for your kind and helpful review! We at Apple would like to congratulate you with a free gift card, worth 1000$. You can now purchase your new Magsafe, and that's about it. Our phones are now equipped with the latest and greatest CPUs, but sadly, you will only be using about 50% of them, but Antutu benchmarks are everything, right?! We can agree that Samsung has a better screen, camera, price/value, OS, features, repair value, and community, but our.. batteries are at least better. This is also a good time to remind you that we now have a 50% discount on our new flagship, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which is basically an iPhone 12 Pro Max, but with a bigger price tag to suit your big ego! Thank you for your review, and enjoy your purchase. Yours sincerely, Tim Cook
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