Snapdragon 888 Plus vs A15 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus (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 Plus
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Supports 20% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 42.7 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 8%) AnTuTu 9 score – 873K vs 808K
Pros of Apple A15 Bionic
  • Higher GPU frequency (~43%)
  • 8% higher CPU clock speed (3223 vs 2995 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
873664
808910
CPU 218734 216265
GPU 326250 339795
Memory 153870 112472
UX 166641 133063
Total score 873664 808910
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
Multi-Core Score

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 888 Plus and A15 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.995 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 2995 MHz 3223 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.4-A ARMv8.5-A
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
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, 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. 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 June 2021 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number SM8350-AC APL1W07
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus official site -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A15 Bionic and Snapdragon 888 Plus, or ask any questions
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Me. 29 November 2021 06:34
Bruh the supportive settings (120fps/Ultra FPS) in codm is nothing for A15.
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1+1=2 01 November 2021 04:14
Bruh the next generation flagship snapdragon and exynos chips will crush the a15 because the SD 898 will be 4 nm+ which makes it more power efficient and allows for more transistors which makes the chip faster, while the exynos 2200 will be better because of Samsung's partnership with AMD.
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King 26 November 2021 00:25
Samsung have also 4nm chip.
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Dunno 17 October 2021 15:28
The fact that the new generation A15 just is barely better then this generation Snapdragon + is kinda funny. I don't get how Apple still dominates the Premium Phone market when they always are 1 generation behind in every aspect of hardware...
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Sri 18 October 2021 05:52
Their ui is joke nothing in that lots of memory cpu performance save when you take benchmark not unnecessary load..these benchmarks not consumer edition
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Samuel 24 October 2021 19:55
Welp...they are not a silicon company.
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Ryan 21 November 2021 00:33
I just wish Samsung finally reaches parity in terms of processor power, just to shut up apple fanboys. They probably beat out Apple in GPU performance next-generation since AMD is no joke, and hopefully a node shrink will do them a little better.
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Anonymous 12 October 2021 07:32
If you prefer budget friendly You should go with SD 888+ If you're key focus is on performance then A15 Bionic Chip is better + It has a Retina display
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Yousaf khan 10 October 2021 18:49
Apple A15 Bionic doesn't support 90fps gaming in pubg
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Miaw 11 October 2021 14:02
Because it's new chip.
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Lord 30 October 2021 02:52
Yes that is the pros of snapdragon
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nick gurr 07 October 2021 17:51
i would love to put apple ios and chip in an s21 ultra
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Charlie 21 November 2021 22:52
iOS is trash, android is much better
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Tron 29 November 2021 18:34
Charlie, True though, you can't even access work files as easily as android, plus their price for the phone is very high, you can buy a brand new 70-inch tv for that price of iPhone 13 pro max.
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munipet 07 October 2021 04:47
The speed of both already too fast u wont notice any difference!
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Jk3 03 October 2021 04:26
Its so close how SD 888 plus comes to a15 bionic in gaming performance. Can't wait for SD 898 and SD 898 plus even tho it still won't match the speed of a15 but only the a14 which will be slightly faster. Qualcomm needs to step up their game and stop rushing things with their overheating processor. This is not the Qualcomm we're used to. Sd 865+/870 is really like a rebranding of SD 888 and plus. Barely any difference. Disappointed in Qualcomm. Only test they win is on Antutu v9.
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Wews 18 October 2021 03:19
And when sd 895 overheats, they will make an sd 890 which is based on 5nm with a clock speed of 3.2 ghz cpu and 900 mhz gpu based on adreno 660😂😂
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raheel 25 November 2021 11:31
The new Snapdragon chip is going to crush a15 don't worry. Apple is better because they launched the new chip 9 months later snapdragon 888. Even Exynos would beat A15 because of AMD.
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Wews 29 September 2021 04:13
Fun fact: if all android chipsets are on ios software it will reach its full potential
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Me. 17 October 2021 14:32
Enthusiastically approved!
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Wews 18 October 2021 03:21
Me., But will also throttle quicker due to its ios limitations when the phone overheats
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Wews 18 October 2021 03:21
Me., I mean it will throttle quicker
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Amigo 27 September 2021 21:38
A15 has Qualcomm X60 modem
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Roland2 17 September 2021 23:01
A15 have not 8 GB support.
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Gurvinder 23 September 2021 18:53
iPhone 13 pro and upper models have 8 gb ram
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Aaaa 25 September 2021 09:00
Gurvinder, @Gurvinder they don’t have 8GB of RAM, but 6 GB Is enough already as iPhones are optimised for iOS.
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Me. 19 October 2021 06:07
Oh yeah, this is why the A15 iphone doesn't have 120fps on codm. This is why i need 8gb ram of iphone and newer chipset. (Also An high like 300 Sampling rate tho)
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Micale 24 October 2021 19:58
Me., Uhh iPhone 13 Pro Max WILL have 120FPS. Just wait for the game updates. And 6GB RAM is more than enough since iOS is better optimized.
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Brian 26 October 2021 07:58
Android users: i have 16gb ram Iphone users: what is ram btw ?
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Charlie 21 November 2021 22:54
Brian, I have 24 gb of ram
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Me. 29 November 2021 06:41
Micale, There's no 120 FPS in codm tho, Except for the RPGs 120 fps. Even how powerfully insane the Apple and A15 are.
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