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Snapdragon 870 vs A13 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 (Adreno 650) with the older 6-core Apple A13 Bionic (Apple A13 Bionic 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 870
  • Performs 86% better in floating-point computations
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Announced 1-year and 5-months later
  • 20% higher CPU clock speed (3200 vs 2660 MHz)
  • Shows better (up to 9%) AnTuTu 9 score – 674K vs 619K
Pros of Apple A13 Bionic
  • Better instruction set architecture


Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU 189629 144483
GPU 239863 262635
Memory 105344 96216
UX 142979 119762
Total score 674492 619116
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
A13 Bionic +34%
Multi-Core Score
Image compression 180.6 Mpixels/s 151.6 Mpixels/s
Face detection 25.25 images/s 29.65 images/s
Speech recognition 54.7 words/s 87.4 words/s
Machine learning 56.95 images/s 72.5 images/s
Camera shooting 28 images/s 33.75 images/s
HTML 5 3 Mnodes/s 3.81 Mnodes/s
SQLite 989.1 Krows/s 901.1 Krows/s


Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 88 FPS
57 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile 59 FPS
60 FPS
Fortnite 27 FPS
60 FPS
Shadowgun Legends 102 FPS
World of Tanks Blitz 107 FPS
60 FPS
Genshin Impact 49 FPS
59 FPS
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
60 FPS
Device Xiaomi Black Shark 4
1080 x 2400
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
828 x 1792
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.


Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 870 and A13 Bionic


Architecture 1x 3.2 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 2.66 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.6 GHz – Thunder
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3200 MHz 2660 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache 1 KB 48 KB
L2 cache 1.8 MB 4 MB
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 8.5 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W


GPU name Adreno 650 Apple A13 Bionic GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 675 MHz -
Execution units 2 4
Shading units 512 -
FLOPS 1372 Gigaflops 736 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.1
DirectX version 12 12.1


Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2750 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s -
Max size 16 GB -

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 698 Yes, Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2688 x 1242
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 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+


Modem X55 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 2500 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 220 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Galileo


Announced January 2021 September 2019
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AC -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
831 (62.9%)
490 (37.1%)
Total votes: 1321


Please give your opinion on the comparison of A13 Bionic and Snapdragon 870, or ask any questions
Hamza 17 June 2021 05:06
Both Chipsets are very similar in performance but in antutu score the snapdragon 870 too good
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noderz 07 May 2021 17:21
poco f3 has the sd 870 and costs the same or even lower than an iphone se 2020. amazing value for an android gaming phone with an amazing display and battery srsly. Iphone se has weak battery and meh display while having good performance and good camera. Poco f3 has a decent camera, amazing display 120 hz amoled, amazing battery, amazing performance, and good design.(also has multiple cameras and no big bezels unlike iphone se 2020)
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Wews 25 May 2021 13:10
poco f3 overheats thats why it is cheaper. but in bs4 doesn't overheat
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William 11 June 2021 17:13
Wews, It actually doesn't overheat. It stays pretty cool compared to other snapdragon 888 phones and even the IPhone SE, which also struggles a bit with heat.
+15 Reply
Andrew 05 August 2021 13:40
Wews, Well every phone overheats, so your argument is invalid
+5 Reply
Wews 24 September 2021 13:39
William, my bad for listening to rumors😅
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Tsukasa 19 October 2021 16:34
Watched some tech reviewers and they all said it's what you'd expect at that price point, if not very average They said it not me. But I'll still choose Poco F3 anyway the value for money is just insane!
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Wews 10 March 2021 05:04
There's a motorola edge s powered by sd 870. Now pls post the fps
+55 Reply