Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 vs A15 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 (Adreno 730) with the older 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 8 Plus Gen 1
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Has a smaller size transistor (4 versus 5 nm)
  • Shows better (up to 30%) AnTuTu 9 score – 1030K vs 791K
  • Supports 20% higher memory bandwidth (51.2 against 42.7 GB/s)
  • Announced 8-months later
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Apple A15 Bionic
  • Higher GPU frequency (~33%)
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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
791259
CPU 254517 208246
GPU 453122 322246
Memory 151409 131426
UX 173588 135941
Total score 1030459 791259
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
Image compression 212.4 Mpixels/s 224.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 31.3 images/s 43.1 images/s
Speech recognition 83.5 words/s 136.1 words/s
Machine learning 85 images/s 104.9 images/s
Camera shooting 43 images/s 49.3 images/s
HTML 5 4.58 Mnodes/s 5.64 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1260 Krows/s 1270 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 61% 79%
Graphics test 57 FPS 52 FPS
Score 9600 8739

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 89 FPS
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Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 47 FPS
[Ultra]
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Shadowgun Legends 114 FPS
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World of Tanks Blitz 120 FPS
[Ultra]
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Genshin Impact 56 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 58 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device ZTE Nubia Red Magic 7S Pro
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 8 Plus Gen 1 and A15 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 3.2 GHz – Cortex-X2
3x 2.75 GHz – Cortex-A710
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A510
2x 3.24 GHz – Avalanche
4x 2.02 GHz – Blizzard
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3200 MHz 3240 MHz
Instruction set ARMv9-A ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache - 256 KB
L2 cache - 32 MB
L3 cache 6 MB -
Process 4 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 15 billion
TDP - 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 730 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 700 -
GPU frequency 900 MHz 1200 MHz
Execution units - 5
Shading units - 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 Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2732 x 2048
Max camera resolution 1x 200MP -
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS 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 Snapdragon X65 -
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 5.3 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

Announced May 2022 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - APL1W07
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 official site -

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A15 Bionic and Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, or ask any questions
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Malakay843 29 September 2022 09:18
Fix the Cache Memory data of A15 Bionic L1 12MB, L2 4MB, L3 (SLC 32MB).
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Sergey 29 September 2022 12:29
Can you give us source of the information?
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JLA 23 September 2022 05:17
Don't you realize that the benchmark results from a device with an active cooling fan like the Nubian Magic 7s Pro are not objective? I don't think Samsung should be the scapegoat for all heat-related issues of high-end processors. If 30% of the trouble comes from Samsung's inferiority in semiconductor technology compared to TSMC, the remaining 70% is probably in ARM's Cortex X core design. Let's look at the case of Dimensity 8100 (5nm TSMC) and Dimensity 9000 (4nm TSMC). Without the Cortex X2 core, the 8100 is actually a lot more stable than the 9000. In addition, I also used the iPhone 13 Pro this year and realized that the A15 Bionic is really not as good as people think. Apple has done a great job of optimizing their devices for common basic user tasks. That's the monopoly manufacturer's advantage when they can make the software and hardware really work together. However, when faced with heavy tasks for a long time. The A15 Bionic still overheats and has throttling issues. People think CPU A is cool because Apple never shows them CPU temperature in benchmark software =))
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Deadman'walk1n 13 September 2022 17:16
I am pretty sure that if you put coolers on both, Snapdragon will be way ahead. Because of some past years, Qualcomm has been making chipsets that were power hungry, and it couldn't use its maximum power. Like, snap 888 was a heating machine, then, 888+ heats more, and 8gen 1 heats a lot more. But Snapdragon 8 gen 1 is made by tsmc, and it can use its max performance for some time. So, 8+ gen 1 is a lot better than a15.
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LMAoo 27 September 2022 16:27
But that's the point. we test real-life performance where u couldn't possibly hold a cooling fan for the hot chip wherever u go.
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Dinervc 06 October 2022 19:02
A15 (with fan)>>>8+gen1 (with fan)>A15>8+gen1. It’s not even up for debate lmao, A15 is superior in every fair scenario. Obviously, u can make it unfair and put the A15 up against a Gaming Phone with some fancy cooling system, but even then it’ll either be around as good or better (except for long-term stress caused by cooling obviously)… Also, not having a fan is kind of the point of mobile processors…🤦‍♂️
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justin phuc 10 September 2022 06:21
A15 bionic is more stable if you play games with a cooling fan, you will find a15 bionic much stronger than 8 plus gen 1. Don't judge the performance on parameters because apple optimizes your phone too well. I think Apple optimizes well, so iPhone phones can be used longer than Android phones.
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Karl 11 August 2022 12:38
Snap gen 2 will rock the world, but why USA cant produce its chips to beat the shit out of the Chinese iphone and Korean Samsung?
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Paul 21 August 2022 20:04
iPhone is from the U.S. China has more factories and cheaper labor costs.
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John 31 August 2022 02:34
Apple is a U.S. company, but Chinese semiconductors are used too much on iPhones So iPhone users are more like communists. Rather we should buy Korean Samsung.
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Yahia Walid YT 08 September 2022 01:20
iPhone is American, not Chinese.
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Jak 15 September 2022 18:14
Actually which part of iPhone 13 pro is made by apple other than software?
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Lexus 21 October 2022 01:35
John, Apple is a trademark, no matter where the factory is located, in fact, the factory that produces the iPhone is located in China, Taiwan, India, Brazil, etc. here is more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn#International_operations
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Tâi-uan 09 August 2022 12:34
Please tell apple loudly that this is made in Taiwan, not made in China, and Taiwan is not made in China.
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Wews 27 July 2022 09:55
The SD 8+ Gen 1 is more efficient than the vanilla SD 8 Gen 1 in both CPU and GPU departments. But what's surprising is it's even more efficient than A15 but only in the GPU department. Hopefully, Nuvia+Qualcomm close the gap vs Apple's A series A good software or if Apple uses Qualcomm chipsets made by TSMC like SD 8+Gen 1, 870, 865, etc. will run rock solid.
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Samuel 21 July 2022 06:27
Qualcomm simply has more cores and is based on 4nm. If Apple is based on these, then its score must be greater than Qualcomm. Qualcomm is really rubbish.
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Wews 27 July 2022 09:42
now let's talk about GPU. A15's GPU has 4-5 cores and is clocked at 1200mhz. It scored 9500-9600 points. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ gen 1's GPU has only 3 cores and it only clocked at 900mhz but scored a whopping 10,500 points Also, SD 8+ Gen 1 is more efficient than A15 in GPU department Source: https://www.youtube.com/c/GoldenReviewer/community Hey, Snapdragon chipsets are good, if it's not paired with Samsung's nodes like SD 888, 888+, and SD 8 gen 1. The one who is trash is Samsung nodes and android's optimization. I bet that if Apple uses Qualcomm chipsets that are made by tsmc, it will run as good as Apple's A series. Qualcomm chipsets only need good software and they will run rock solid.
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Adnan 17 August 2022 12:37
Wews, Yes, optimizing is important part
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Jak 15 September 2022 18:16
Wews, For your information, the Nvidia 3000 series use Samsung nodes.
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Erick 08 July 2022 04:06
A15 bionic win because a lot of pro players on the gaming tournament are using iPhone 13 pro max.
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Wews 17 July 2022 10:20
update: the new sd 8+ gen 1 scored 185 points while consuming 7.5w while the a15 scored 180 points while consuming 7.9w Now Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is the most efficient soc and the true successor of Snapdragon 865, at least in the GPU department.
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Accept the truth 24 September 2022 15:38
You mean influencers right? Don't even talk about games lol, Snapdragon has always been ahead. People talk about heating issues of 8gen1, but that doesn't mean A bionic is all cold. Its thermals are bad as well. 8+gen1 is much better in thermals. Pro players play on iPhones. What a joke! Those pro players are idiots then! If I was a so-called pro player, I would have gone for ROG or red magic hands down. The internal fan gives a lot of stability! I am judging those pro players now lol!
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Rick 18 November 2022 16:44
That doesn't justify the performance of the bionic chip.
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Jon 06 July 2022 11:41
What do you mean? The A14 bionic is 2 years old not 5
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Morah 04 July 2022 16:42
After 5 years of use the A14 bionic can beat 8+ Gen1 😂
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Urdad 06 July 2022 03:19
Why is it better than new Snapdragon?
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Nabil 19 July 2022 06:52
the new sd 8+ gen 1 scored 185 points while consuming 7.5w while the a15 scored 180 points while consuming 7.9w Now Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is the most efficient soc and the true successor of Snapdragon 865, at least in the GPU department. You seriously need to catch up with the real world and facts.
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Ram 23 July 2022 09:48
Nabil, Will the overheating issues be fixed in 8+gen1? Or It will heat like 8gen1?
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Wews 27 July 2022 09:49
Ram, nope. The Plus version is made by tsmc thus it's more power efficient and more astounding to run on smartphones. Trust me bro I've seen lots of community that praises SD 8+ Gen 1 bcos it doesn't heat up even in essential tasks unlike the Samsung-made SD 888, 888+ and SD 8 gen 1
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Frugal 27 August 2022 07:15
Wews, wews, So most power efficient soc is combo of tdp (CPU+GPU) + nm + TMSC ? Looking for the most efficient 5g soc with the led panel - Mostly web browsing matters...sd 480, 778, 7gen1, 695, old sd 7, 8 series, etc....which is best?
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Sham 04 October 2022 16:02
In Graphic HD totally lose
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