Snapdragon 870 vs A15 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 (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 870
  • Has 2 more cores
Pros of Apple A15 Bionic
  • Higher GPU frequency (~78%)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Announced 8-months later
  • Shows better (up to 14%) AnTuTu 9 score – 797K vs 702K
  • Better instruction set architecture
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Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
A15 Bionic +14%
797558
CPU 190373 208246
GPU 246082 322246
Memory 115348 131426
UX 150956 135941
Total score 702543 797558
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 +75%
1736
Multi-Core Score
A15 Bionic +42%
4793
Image compression 180.7 Mpixels/s 224.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 25 images/s 43.1 images/s
Speech recognition 55.6 words/s 136.1 words/s
Machine learning 56.8 images/s 104.9 images/s
Camera shooting 27 images/s 49.3 images/s
HTML 5 3.11 Mnodes/s 5.64 Mnodes/s
SQLite 987.3 Krows/s 1270 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A15 Bionic +104%
8739
Stability 90% 79%
Graphics test 25 FPS 52 FPS
Score 4291 8739

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 88 FPS
[Ultra]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 59 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Fortnite 27 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Shadowgun Legends 102 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 107 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Genshin Impact 49 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Xiaomi Black Shark 4
1080 x 2400
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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 870 and A15 Bionic

CPU

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 3.24 GHz – Avalanche
4x 2.02 GHz – Blizzard
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3200 MHz 3240 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache 128 KB 256 KB
L2 cache 512 KB 32 MB
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 15 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 650 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 675 MHz 1200 MHz
Execution units 2 5
Shading units 512 640
FLOPS 1372 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 44 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 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 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, 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 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, QZSS

Info

Announced January 2021 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8250-AC APL1W07
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
5438 (89.2%)
658 (10.8%)
Total votes: 6096

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A15 Bionic and Snapdragon 870, or ask any questions
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Leo 07 November 2022 11:08
Lol, the voting is terrible, 90% voting for 870.
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Jayen 02 July 2022 10:44
Funny how ppl vote 870 over A15 Bionic...
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Someone 06 December 2022 10:21
Basically, those people who own android.
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