Snapdragon 888 vs A15 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (Adreno 660) 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 888
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Supports 20% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 42.7 GB/s)
Pros of Apple A15 Bionic
  • Higher GPU frequency (~43%)
  • Announced 10-months later
  • 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
800950
CPU 212299 216265
GPU 302110 339795
Memory 135341 112472
UX 150913 133063
Total score 800246 800950
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 +54%
1720
Multi-Core Score
A15 Bionic +28%
4704
Image compression 176.7 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 27.4 images/s -
Speech recognition 68.35 words/s -
Machine learning 66.45 images/s -
Camera shooting 36.4 images/s -
HTML 5 3.91 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 1060 Krows/s -

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A15 Bionic +79%
9594
Stability 93% 80%
Graphics test 32 FPS 57 FPS
Score 5373 9594

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 83 FPS
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Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
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Fortnite 26 FPS
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Shadowgun Legends 89 FPS
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World of Tanks Blitz 112 FPS
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Genshin Impact 58 FPS
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
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Device Asus Zenfone 8
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 888 and A15 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 3.223 GHz – Avalanche
4x 1.82 GHz – Blizzard
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2840 MHz 3223 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.4-A ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache 512 KB -
L2 cache 1 MB 8 MB
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 5 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 15 billion
TDP 10 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 660 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 600 -
GPU frequency 840 MHz 1200 MHz
Execution units 2 5
Shading units 512 640
FLOPS 1720 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 3200 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 24 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Hexagon 780 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 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, AV1, 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. 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 December 2020 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8350 APL1W07
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 official site -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A15 Bionic and Snapdragon 888, or ask any questions
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Jayfo 03 November 2021 10:28
Hmmm A15 still the fastest and the badass chipset out there
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Bruh deez nuts be like 13 October 2021 18:14
I have the iphone 11 and seeing my sister with the oneplus 9 pro it makes me jealous I love apple and android, because they both offer unique features: -android supports apk files and more software 'freedom' (I just need apk for free netflix) -apple has a very user friendly UI, with less bugs and lag in general. Also its cool that you can actually force stop processes on apple (if the screen freezes, I can just turn off the phone, whereas with android sometimes, the power button wont even work when the phone is bugged out) -apple has pretty damn amazing cameras, but I love the google pixel 360 photo option and its various camera features -apple display sucks- its 2021 and their phones dont even have anything more than 60 hz, unless if you get the 13 pro :( (even have it on their ipads so long ago). But apple does have good displays, even for lcd battery life on android is also pretty bangin
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GB0TiX 09 November 2021 21:13
True Tone Retina Apple displays are actually made by Samsung, their biggest mobile competitor. Apple has a set number of PPI, color accuracy, and a multitude of additional display specs that they have developed and put millions possible billion into researching as far as what truly looks better on a 5 to 7 inch display held with a meter of viewing distance. Ultimately Apple focused on display quality over hard specs for their flagship phones. Having True Tone, HDR, 458-460 PPI with Pro Motion aka adaptive 120hz without any motion blur on it could have come sooner yes. But at the same quality of display? Maybe not. Samsung has 120hz on a 511 PPI display starting with the S20. But it wasn’t adaptive until the S21 which has been out a year and came out off cycle to the iPhone 13 series. I don’t think apple would have done true 120hz displays because of how wasteful it is to battery life. It seems later to the party because a ton of Android devices actually beat Samsung to 120hz. Samsungs been dropping flag ship displays down to 1080p with adaptive 120hz refresh except on their ultra and you get above 460 PPI and 458 PPI with pro motion on both the pro and pro max. Just saying, only a year after Samsung isn’t as bad as you think!
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Miko 28 September 2021 19:47
I admitted that new iPhone is good but not that good. I can only gives 7/10 since it based on my perspective and the facts Bad Side:- - It has bad speakers, sounds like laptop or cheap speakers from 20 dollar. - No USB-C [5 GB/s], still using lightning port[480 MB/s]. For PC enthusiast like me, I really need it and maybe you don't. Durability doesn't really concern me on apple product, "1 year then throw your older device" quote heard over major of users. Trying to say that you can use over 2-3 years, that's good. I'm also using same 3-5 years old 400 dollar Android phone, still good. - Price~ oh if you can afford it why not. Even Linus hates the metal fruit. - [Not important but if you were the same] iOS not really a friendly product for emulator nor 3rd party program, that's good for apple users that trying to say "security". I will say "yes" for them but not for my beneficial. - [Most people likes about Apple] Design and luxury brand, just made it good to show off your fruits logo in front of your friends/public and milk your wallet. Unless you don't care about your money, right? Don't get me wrong if you don't. Good Side:- - Adaptive refresh rate, considerably a brilliant idea to save your battery. But I don't really trust when it comes to Apple battery duration/life, so far this year quite little bit amusing. - Camera, well rarely the best camera but not like it ranked as top 1 nor 2. - Smaller notch, "okey". - Throttling test, quite good. Lower heat issues than SD 888. - Higher CPU/GPU stats than SD888, surprisingly good. But Apple said 50%, for me its not. It's just x% differ. Please always take a note, high frequency/digits calculation doesn't mean that it deliver an equal potential of your performance rate.
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Man from 876 05 October 2021 15:20
But iPhones have the best camera in any phone…
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My pardon 19 October 2021 11:57
Man from 876, One of the best out there not the best. The camera give out the most reliable pic out there tho
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smiley 20 October 2021 22:01
bad speakers?! compared to what? of anything you could compare to flagship phones the speakers on iphones clap pretty hard
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Shans 23 October 2021 15:00
smiley, Exactly the new iPhones speakers are better then my s20u. And way better then my 1byr old 12 pro
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BS Buster 27 October 2021 17:42
I stopped reading at "PC enthusiast". Another linus tech tips/louis rossman zealot.
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loading... 21 December 2021 02:53
-first off, bad speakers? (u alright? :/) -whoever told you that "1 year then throw your older device" is bullshit. Apple keeps updating their software every single year, unlike android where you can guarantee only 2 updates once your phone is launched and that's it. I've been using my 6s from the day I bought it (I'm not sure but if it was December 2015). And it still supports ios 13. - I don't hate linus but he's only stating his opinions and you still have your right to explore and find out which is better. - I agree with you about the whole security thing so that's a huge downside. - you have to agree that apple phone designs are by far one of the best.
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Anonymous 28 September 2021 08:11
Finally Apple has a good GPU going. I'm interested in what the new Snapdragon 898 has to offer, although I'm not very confident in the new Exynos, considering its mediocre past... I'm expecting it to top the GPU of the A15, considering the input from AMD but it will still probably overheat and throttle
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Mert 17 September 2021 20:02
888 was better than a14 in terms genshin impact performance. I want to see how a15 performs. Throttling is a fact. Everyday usage is obviously pretty easy task for evet upper mid range chips. With these chips maybe we can get better quality games or programs for mobile platform.
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Ivy 17 September 2021 01:09
Man I can't wait how the new Snapdragon 898 and Exynos 2200 fare against this new A15 Bionic chip. The more aggresive the competition the better it is for us consumers.
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Jimmy 18 September 2021 05:52
According to some leaks Exynos 2200 GPU will beat A15 GPU And A15 cpu will beat 2200 Cpu Snapdragon 898 is stated to be a balance but not better than A15 cpu and 2200 GPU MediaTek has been increasing in Market share recently so they might come up with something Good Kirin 9020 is stated to be in 3nm so they might take the lead
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Dude 19 October 2021 11:05
Jimmy, With extra 2 cores and nearly double the wattage 10w vs 6w, ddr5 vs ddr4, if you can't beat apple, you better start from scratch.
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Ivy 30 October 2021 16:18
Jimmy, Jimmy, yea, Mediatek has been dominating the smartphone SoC market share as of Q4 2021. I can't wait to see how this new, almost similar to each other, MTK Dimensity 2000 and Snapdragon 898 fare against each other; each manufactured by TSMC's 4nm and Samsung's 4nm fabrication process respectively.♥️
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Linus 04 January 2022 00:36
Jimmy, The thing is, you can't really trust that Media Tek will be truthful with the performance of their processor because of the scandal that happened with them rigging the benchmarks. They basically made it so that their processor works double-overtime whenever it detects that any benchmark is running. This is good and all but it is misleading because the processor cannot remain consistent with that performance for more than a minute or so.
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sus 16 September 2021 05:35
F in the chat for Fandroids, looks like Apple is still 3 years ahead in terms of silicon. Of course fandroids will talk about how their phone has more fEaTuReS and fReEdOm LOL
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Green 16 September 2021 12:08
Don't be salty because fruit based phone still can't do 8k video :-p The A15 is an impressive chip though. lol
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Sussy 16 September 2021 13:30
Finally it took 8+months for fruity to beat a 2020 processor that too only few aspects I hope this fruity processor doesn't throttle after 1 hour of genshin🥶🥶
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James 16 September 2021 13:31
Also Ish*t is years behind of technology lmao Took them years to come with OLED and 60+hz
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blue 16 September 2021 16:58
Green, No one needs 8k video anyway lol
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Anonymous 16 September 2021 21:16
Sussy, Snapdragon 888 and 888+ heat up very much when you play Genshin Impact at maximum graphics for long times. Exynos 2100 is not as powerful as Snapdragon 888, but I'll guess it's fine. Kirin 9000 is really only available in Huawei devices. And all processors can throttle when you play a demanding game such as Genshin Impact. Take it or leave it. A15 shouldn't throttle at all or lag even once in normal everyday conditions, and should lag only when it throttles (which is EXACTLY what happens when you STRESS your phone out).
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Yellow 17 September 2021 02:17
blue, Content creators need that lmao Also supporting 8K just shows how Powerful a chipset is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Sussy 17 September 2021 16:13
Anonymous, A15 upgrade from A14 is below 20% That's it A14 throttle quite fast with genshin and A15 with that below 20% improvement won't differ much in results Also the most stable cpu to even produce stable performance in extreme stress will be Kirin 9000 Go check benchmarks and throttle test Kirin 9000 performance remains the most stable after long run on heavy apps Exynos 2100 performance drops alot when throttle and doesn't recover from it 888 gives performance drops from certain times(alot) A14 gives good result but when it starts to stress it struggles alot and performance remain unstable 888+ is just 888 with very small improvement that it
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John 20 September 2021 22:55
Green, 8k in low quality? Is useless wtf, u know what u said? Watch ur words:)
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Tripmachine 22 September 2021 12:29
Green, What's the use of 8k, when video looks like crap at 24 frames, instead 4k 60 fps is the one I vote and remember iPhone has the best video output on any other phone
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Green 22 September 2021 16:21
Tripmachine, 8k 30fps btw Anyways Cinematics shots are usually capped at 24fps bruh And 888 can push 4k to 120fps iPhone video output is great when they are compared to android in unedited videos And at night scene iphone confuses with light focus more over Android Anyways 8k 24fps edited cinematics >
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Green 22 September 2021 16:28
John, What ur words???? Huh? Supporting 8k is a feat Not all cpu(with GPU) supports 8k And yeah content creators utilizes 8k recording Low quality??? 8k captures great detail And is excellent for cinematics shots With proper settings and editing it has the power to match cinematic camera shots bruh
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Green 22 September 2021 16:31
John, "watch ur words:)" Ok sorry John Yea I take back saying A15 being an impressive chipset Happy now?
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Android fan 24 September 2021 23:47
Yes apple is 3 years ahead. I did buy ios last week. I totally like because they didn't sell your data. And not Chinese brand. You don't need 120hz refresh rate when your only browsing Google Chrome and using facebook. I like the app optimization and ram management on ios. Ios is a beast. And has good after sale support.
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Shuaige 26 September 2021 06:14
Green, A15 can not do 8k video, because A15 is designed for iPhone, and iPhone have a 12 megapixel camera... which is not enough pixel to record 8k. So why would Apple make the A15 support 8k if the hardware in which he should run do not support 8k? Be logic. The A serie will support 8k, the day Apple decide to have 8k on their phone, as now, they do not things it is useful (as take a shitload of space when recording, for basically nearly no 8k screen on the market).
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Brio 26 September 2021 11:20
Yellow, A15 can do 8K with ease...but what for?...most phones,tablets and laptops displays are 4K and thats where we mostly watch the short videos like youtube 10 mins or tiktoks. it's not like I'm gonna shoot a full movie/documentary with a phone..think BIG
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Yellow 27 September 2021 04:53
Brio, Don't put tiktok video creator under "content creators" Most tiktok users are busy with cringe compilation
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Yellow 27 September 2021 05:00
Brio, So ironic XD You stated - "THINK BIG" also- "It's not like I'm gonna shoot full movie/documentary with a phone" Lmao stop thinking about cringe tiktoks here Have you ever went to a photography/videography institute Cause when you are given tasks to do 'big' then cringe tiktok is not the answer Usually wildlife presentation are mostly given And 60fps recordings are never recommended 24fps are highly recommended And these videos are gonna be played on a presentation on big screen This is what you should "think Big" Instead of "tiktok" This just shows how "smart phone" are reaching the level of "video-camera"
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Green 27 September 2021 05:05
Shuaige, Come back to 2021 and talk :v 8k cinematics are at demand And showing that it being done on smartphones give a plus point Apple laze off Abit If Steve jobs was still alive then no doubt apple will support 8k Steve jobs made apple ahead of everything (past) But now shitty androids are catching up to apple
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Erin 28 September 2021 02:46
John, Bro, your phone screens don't even push 8k out anyways. Nor do they push 4k. They compress 4k down to get better quality 2k res on your phone screen anyways.......
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Erin 28 September 2021 02:50
Green, Everyone is acting like they can see 8k reso on a 2k screen anyways.....
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Yeah 28 September 2021 02:54
Green, 8k? Lol I love gimmicks. The 8k is god awful because it’s a tiny sensor and can’t capture any of the light it needs. Need paper spec to tell people. This is why at least vs Samsung’s 108mp apple holds the lead over them in the camera department with 12mp. Mainly because megapixels aren’t everything (3k Sony cameras don’t use that high of megapixels and destroy all phones for like a decade in the future, partly because massive high quality sensors).
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Ben 28 September 2021 03:29
Green, Neither can the the screens in the phones nor the vast majority of screens in people's living rooms. No cinemas are 8K either. Hardly any content in 8K. No disc format yet. High bitrate ProRes 4K is probably comparable to quick compressed 8K. Plus ProRes is made for editing whereas HEVC is not. More pixels in a video doesn't necessarily mean better quality. It needs to be matched the very high bit rate compression. Suitable high colour information and a transmission medium to match. 8K isn't there yet on most fronts. The resolution is there but nothing else - Dolby Vision, etc. A15 is about power where needed (3 Ghz+ on a phone) along with managing battery and disk access (NVMe). Apple does do hardware / software integration better than Android and I expect this phone to remain usable for 5 years. Plenty of people still rocking iPhone 6's, 7's and 8's. This is what Apple is becoming more about - longevity. Apple lost their head CPU architect guy after the A14. They have brought in someone from ARM for A16. The A15 hasn't had the greatest CPU bump this year but A16 should be exciting.
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Anonymous 28 September 2021 08:09
Tripmachine, Best unedited video. If you edit your videos yourself, android's can steamroll over iphone video because you can record videos in log format which enables extreme video editing capability. You can't even click a raw photo from and iphone. They're great in individual aspects.
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Anonymous 28 September 2021 08:15
Brio, Have you ever used a live photo? Have you ever used a slo mo video? Have you ever used the cpu of your phone to its limit? Can you even tell the difference between iphone camera outputs at a glance? Having what you need and nothing else is what nokia and blackberry did. It's a smartphone for crying out loud, it's not what you need, it's what you want... 8k televisions are out by the way, and the more 8k video is made the more 8k display technology will be developed
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Anonymous 28 September 2021 08:16
Shuaige, There are a ton of 8k televisions. Even Xiaomi made an 8k TV...
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Anonymous 28 September 2021 08:22
Android fan, You've never used a high refresh rate screen before. Using Google chrome and Facebook is actually exactly where high refresh rates shine because games and video have a limited fps. "Apple is 3 years ahead" Literally just released high refresh rates when android's have had them for years now Just made widgets which have been on android's for half a decade now Just increased their pixel size in the camera AFTER android's made the trend. More things I can say, infinity display tech, BY ANDROIDS Multiple camera systems BY ANDROID Smaller notch? How about no notch? Android's are coming out with punch hole cameras, pop out cameras and even under display cameras now. While under display tech is still new it's getting really good with an almost invisible camera except at angles and the camera images are getting better although a haze does come up from time to time. Also, android's have fingerprint sensors on the power button. Much more secure than face id, if someone is collecting your fingerprint to unlock your phone however, you have a bigger problem.
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Karl 28 September 2021 19:44
Green, Yeah when you edit 8K 24fps absolutely fantastic
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Runty 04 October 2021 21:26
blue, Creators needs 8k video bruh Fruity device 🤣
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Brian 06 October 2021 03:16
Anonymous, Even apples retina displays are made by Samsung
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Klone 18 November 2021 16:29
Green, Let's be honest who takes a video on a phone in 8k There are literal thousand dollar cameras for that sh*t why the f*ck would you take 8k video on a phone. Not only would it not look as good as 8k on a camera whose main selling point is 8k video but it will take up too much memory. Like fr's who takes out their phone and is like imma video this sh*t in 8k.
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Klone 18 November 2021 16:33
Sussy, It's a beast at genshin and doesn't even flinch. Besides if you can afford an iPhone 13 to play genshin on then why the hell won't you just buy a gaming rig or at least a gaming PC.
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Klone 18 November 2021 16:43
James, I hope you know it was their choice not to go over 60hz for a while, it's not that they couldn't do it but decided that it's worth working on other parts of the phone than having a high refresh rate when other system functions are heavily lacking.
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Klone 18 November 2021 16:47
Yellow, Content creators don't film 8k on phones. They film 8k on cameras designed for 8k not on phones. I hope you understand that.
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Madhav Peddada 01 December 2021 09:44
Green, Hey, where are you watching the 8k video you’re shooting on your phone? If you are a professional where are you rendering it?
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Red 04 December 2021 01:24
Green, Does your mobile phone can display 8k video??
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some random guys 13 December 2021 15:14
Tripmachine, Bruh do u know that almost every film at the cinema is shown in 24fps?
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red 21 December 2021 02:58
Yellow, Content creators don't use phones for content creation. Plus, not many people even have 8k displays so what's the point? :/
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Name 21 December 2021 03:07
Anonymous, like that one TV is gonna change the whole world. Plus its Xiaomi, they scam people
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