Snapdragon 888 vs A13 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (Adreno 660) 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.

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 888
  • Performs 2.3x better in floating-point computations
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Shows better (up to 27%) AnTuTu 9 score – 800K vs 628K
  • Announced 1-year and 3-months later
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2840 vs 2660 MHz)
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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
800743
628607
CPU 211249 166601
GPU 304417 255111
Memory 139986 90801
UX 152836 116310
Total score 800743 628607
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 +18%
1323
Multi-Core Score
3662
3497
Image compression 177.1 Mpixels/s 155.7 Mpixels/s
Face detection 26.5 images/s 30.2 images/s
Speech recognition 67.7 words/s 89.8 words/s
Machine learning 59.9 images/s 73.1 images/s
Camera shooting 37.5 images/s 33.8 images/s
HTML 5 3.96 Mnodes/s 3.81 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1060 Krows/s 899.2 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A13 Bionic +48%
7553
Stability 91% 72%
Graphics test 30 FPS 45 FPS
Score 5119 7553

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 83 FPS
[Ultra]
57 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 26 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends 89 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 112 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact 58 FPS
[Ultra]
59 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Asus Zenfone 8
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.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 888 and A13 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.84 GHz – Kryo 680 Prime (Cortex-X1)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 680 Gold (Cortex-A78)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 680 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 2.66 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.6 GHz – Thunder
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2840 MHz 2660 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.4-A ARMv8.4-A
L1 cache 512 KB 832 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 12 MB
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 8.5 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 660 Apple A13 Bionic GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 840 MHz -
Execution units 2 4
Shading units 512 -
FLOPS 1720 Gigaflops 736 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.1
DirectX version 12 12.1

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 3200 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s -
Max size 24 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 780 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 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS 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 X60 -
4G support LTE Cat. 22 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, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced December 2020 September 2019
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8350 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 official site -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A13 Bionic and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
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Kelvin 22 January 2023 23:29
I'm a gamer and I have used both chipsets, if your looking for stability when playing you can take A13 but Snapdragon 888 is just something else, it's stable plus ways faster than A13, it's just incredible when you use Snapdragon with its outstanding upload and download speed. Apple is for child's play.
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Derek 26 April 2022 14:12
I moved from a Galaxy Note 9 (I really liked that phone, but only had it 1 year and 10 months because I got it late) to a used iPhone 11 Pro with the A13 Bionic. There are things I love about Android, and things I love about IOS. It really does come down to what you want in a phone. I think Android (Samsung, in my case) is a better movie consumption device. Gaming really depends on the CPU/GPU, but even as the specs above show, the old A13 is still about 60fps or higher in pretty much all of those games. It's really a great chip. One of the major reasons I moved to Apple, however, is the speed at which it surfs. There really is no contest, if you spend most of your time surfing the net, and you can get a used iPhone with an A13 for $350 to 400. The FASTEST $1,000 to 1,200 Android phones are just up there in speed with the A13 (probably for about 2 years until they slow) in surfing, but they're not really a lot faster when it comes to this boring task most of us spend our day on. The Apple software is just optimized to work with it so well, and surfing is just zip, zip, zip everywhere. Take a look at the Jetstream 2 test numbers to give you an idea. And BTW, try surfing on the newer A15. It's just insane how quickly you can zip around on that. I really enjoy the Android OS, but the value just isn't there for me, at the moment. It's a better deal for me to buy a 1 to 2-year-old Apple phone.
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beermuscle77 15 January 2022 05:03
The Snapdragon 870 and 888 are definitely more powerful chips here but have seen heating issues. These chips will thermally throttle if the internals of the phone is not well cooled. So just talking about the chips here and not talking about Android or iOS, 888 is better at multimedia and heavy usage, A13 is better for longevity.
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Reddelicious 30 September 2021 18:18
iPhones on average last around five years if you don’t break them physically. I’ve never had an android over two years.. and the last year was brutal. iPhones aren’t as fun but everything works at such a high quality and consistency that I don’t mind it. iOS is tailor made for a handful of devices, whereas android had to work on like 500,000+ devices. Apples always gonna win in the longevity department.
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Guest 31 December 2021 14:23
If you can't hold dear an Android phone just because you think it's not durable, or cheap, you are so wrong. If your "elite" iPhone (for more than a thousand dollars) is so favorable between you and lasts five years, you seriously value only expensive stuff, you cuddle with your iPhone at night whilst you forgot your Android in the garden. Apple wants you to act the way you are right now, worship it, kiss it, wipe it with a cloth every hour. Apple doesn't care about you, I think you should realize that.
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Gee 15 March 2022 23:25
Guest, These days most Samsungs cost more than their iPhone counterparts… or at the least, they are on par. When you look at iPhones they have a history of being updated for 5+ years while androids receive major updates for about 2-3. With the question of durability in mind, it honestly depends on the device. iPhones are much better built than some androids but there are many androids that are physically more reliable than any iPhone. There are many points but all In all android and iOS devices are pretty much on an equal playing ground. This was not the case many years ago when the first iPhone launched, it was years ahead of its time and apple as well as other companies are constantly improving upon design, software, and performance. If you’re involved in the Apple ecosystem it makes sense to stay, it all works fluidly like one device, android has much more customization and features though. It really depends on the person, not the device.
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iPhone gang 09 September 2022 01:24
Guest, Call it whatever you may, but the fact remains that iPhones made in 2019 (iPhone 11) will typically outlast any Galaxy S22 ultra today, just give the S22 ultra 3 years and you will see how that thing will just bug out on you!!. I'm sick of it honestly. 🤦🏼‍♂️ Don't care if it folds, flips, twists, or whatever the fuck they are going to do with it, the inconsistencies of Android OS just kill it for me. I switched from the Galaxy S20 to the iPhone 12 pro and even though it had a 60hz display, it was an absolute joy to use compared to my fancy S20 5G.. I'm sorry Samsung but Android will always hold you back from achieving pure seamless operations and optimizations, especially in social media apps too, let's not forget about what a nightmare it is to record videos via Instagram on a Samsung S22 ULTRA, it is just horrendous..🥺😭
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Aman Saxena 18 September 2021 09:08
iPhone ios chipset is more powerful better than 888 because ios chipset very optimized as compared to android.
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Guest 352 28 November 2021 09:06
Did you even see the Comparision? Snapdragon 888 has better performance and has higher frame rate in games.
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Unknown 15 January 2022 21:27
Guest 352, Thermal throttle pulls FPS down in 888 within an hour 😞👎🏻 The chip is definitely performed good than A13 but it loses in longevity and efficiency.
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Sanjit Midya 30 March 2021 18:35
A13 is better than snapdragon 888
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anonymous 08 April 2021 03:33
no 888 is between a13 and a14.
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Slm 05 May 2021 14:42
anonymous, Whattt 😂😂😂 Apple A13 Bıonıc is better Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
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James 05 August 2021 13:45
Slm, Slm , whattt 😂😂😂 888 > a13 888 possess better ram 888 possess better GPU 888 possess better power consumption 888 possess better architecture 888 has better antutu scores 888 has better multimedia accessibility 888 has better pricing (realme Gt at around 300$)
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Guest 352 28 November 2021 09:07
See the comparison again snapdragon 888 is better.
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Unknown 15 January 2022 21:29
James, Realme 😹 full of ads, no privacy, trash OS this happens when you put a flagship chip in budget-oriented smartphone xD
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WTF do u mean 24 April 2022 18:03
James, A13 has a better Single-core(1300+ which is not even in some of the gaming desktops today) score which modern games require the most. A13 has better graphics (see 3d mark test, which is used today for almost all Nvidia and AMD cards) It has better architecture.
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Guest 18 August 2022 02:57
James, & now it’s cheap shit. A13 still powerful and effective. Be mad 😡
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lianmou 19 November 2020 20:04
a13 is better than 875 what about a14 (doge)
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