Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 vs A16 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 (Adreno 730) with the newer 6-core Apple A16 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
  • Shows better (up to 6%) AnTuTu 9 score – 1034K vs 971K
Pros of Apple A16 Bionic
  • 8% higher CPU clock speed (3460 vs 3200 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
971221
CPU 254517 242019
GPU 453122 407261
Memory 151409 167432
UX 173588 145864
Total score 1034111 971221
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 - 243.5 Mpixels/s
Face detection - 46.4 images/s
Speech recognition - 141.8 words/s
Machine learning - 117.1 images/s
Camera shooting - 54.3 images/s
HTML 5 - 5.9 Mnodes/s
SQLite - 1430 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 61% 78%
Graphics test 57 FPS 59 FPS
Score 9580 9856

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 89 FPS
[Ultra]
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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
[Ultra]
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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 A16 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 3.2 GHz – Cortex-X2
3x 2.75 GHz – Cortex-A710
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A510
2x 3.46 GHz – Everest
4x 2.02 GHz – Sawtooth
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3200 MHz 3460 MHz
Instruction set ARMv9-A ARMv9-A
L1 cache - 256 KB
L2 cache - 24 MB
L3 cache 6 MB -
Process 4 nanometers 4 nanometers
Transistor count - 16 billion

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 730 Apple GPU
Architecture Adreno 700 -
GPU frequency 900 MHz -
Execution units - 6
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 3200 MHz 6400 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 51.2 Gbit/s 51.2 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 2796 x 1290
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 5.3
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

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

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
1418 (55.9%)
1119 (44.1%)
Total votes: 2537

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A16 Bionic and Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, or ask any questions
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Elo 25 October 2022 20:28
there is a 2 generation performance difference between a16 and sd8pg1. first, look at sd865 vs sd8g1 and then look at a16 vs sd8g1
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Pedro 06 October 2022 21:29
Let's hope that Qualcomm starts to use the same architecture for all soc's. Snap 4 gen1, snap 6 gen 1, snap 7gen1 and now snap 8(+)gen1 they all share specifications. That's up to Google now the optimization of the android OS for all soc platforms, and with new tech coming such as Ddr5x and UFS 4.0 perhaps the new S23 ultra can beat the iphone 14 pro.
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Urboyalways 05 October 2022 10:46
No need for debate A16 can't just be compared
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#androidbetterthanapple 09 November 2022 20:41
Actually, it can. If a last-generation Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 still has a higher Antutu Benchmark than the latest-generation Apple processor, then there seems to be a problem. Even if the Qualcomm processor beats the Bionic chip by just 8%, then it seems that unless Apple doesn't fix the problem of their processors being slightly slower than other older ones, then that 8% gap might just get bigger,
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Dinervc 01 October 2022 17:22
Not all the Android Fanboys voting the 8+gen1 better.☠️☠️☠️
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#androidbetterthanapple 09 November 2022 20:41
That's not entirely true. The Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 still has a higher vote.
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Guest 26 September 2022 09:18
Apple A16 Bionic Chip Is the grandfather of all Processers... Today's Life.
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lucas 01 October 2022 22:00
that's simply not true, in a bunch of tests the S8Gen1+ beats apple to death... it's a matter of perspective. Oh and call apple, and tell them that the next time, they should add a fan to their CPU ;)
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bruh 10 October 2022 18:34
Check AnTuTu 9 benchmark then talk. The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios. So that what really matters if you look at a powerful phone.
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No one 16 November 2022 01:47
bruh, It literally said "AnTuTu results from iOS and Android are not directly comparable! They won't affect NanoReview scores."
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Sarfaraz Bhat 05 December 2022 07:11
lucas, they don't need to do that we have seen what happens to android chips in multiplayer heavy graphical games like Pubg mobile, ever wonder why all the pros use apple phones for gaming even though most of their iPhones only support 60 fps in the game, it's funny seeing android chips crumble when there are too many enemy players alive in a smaller area comparatively, I swear the game becomes unplayable on these so-called high-end snap chips. you can't compare snap chips with apple chips, how absurd can people be?
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Yaza 15 September 2022 18:15
But in real life apple beat the sh*t out of any Android. Not apple fanboy, just accepted the fact.
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Virtue 18 September 2022 16:44
It's just because of OS. IOS(iphone operating system) is really well set up for everything.
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Clicker 19 September 2022 14:54
But their OS is kind of limited, they just got AOD this year, widgets last year, and proper notification management. Nobody knows. They're fairly behind in useful features and even their implementation is worse and limited, you can't even customize their AOD.
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sammy 24 September 2022 22:57
thanks for saying the truth.
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Dinervc 01 October 2022 17:20
Virtue, Oh, that surely explains the Computing difference of up to 50%?🤦‍♂️ No, the OS is close to irrelevant.
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Dinervc 01 October 2022 17:21
Clicker, „useful features“, what you actually meant to say is „useless gimmicks“…
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lucas 01 October 2022 22:04
That's simply not true... in many tests, the A16 loses against the SD8Gen1+ it's depending on the phone and test... geekbench is a fan of apple, no surprise that the A16 won, in video encoding and rendering it struggles quite a bit, and in a stability test in 3d mark as well after 20 runs ... I can name more but you get the idea.
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im not givin out my name 06 October 2022 19:16
Dinervc, actually, os optimization is a huge part. a 5950x can lose to a Pentium e6600 in the right circumstances if the os is not optimized.
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Lucas 26 November 2022 02:25
Sorry, that's not true... From displays to cameras, open source hardware, and more... Apple just makes overpriced and very fancy copies of things that already exist.
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Ontherun 27 November 2022 18:31
I'm an Android user and I have to agree with this. It is possible for android to close the gap though and the gap has actually been getting smaller and smaller. If it wasn't for the setbacks of 888 and 8gen1 due to the Samsung process, the 8+gen1 would have been much better off.
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Justin 10 September 2022 06:31
I think a 16 is stronger. Don't look at the specs because the way apple optimizes it is very good. As you can see, the iPhone takes longer than the android phone.
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Void 13 September 2022 17:52
Apple would be much better if they would at least have 8GB ram for better gaming performance. The CPU should match the ram in.
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Void disprover. 21 October 2022 05:49
Void, That's a myth more ram does not equal better gaming performance. If the game fits into the amount of ram you already have then adding more will actually do nothing. 6 gigs of ram is more than enough for any task a mobile phone could possibly need to tackle right now.
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Void disprover (somewhat)disprover 23 November 2022 16:54
Void disprover., It really depends on the things you are doing. The more multitasking you do, the more Ram you need. When I play CODM on my Galaxy Tab S7 (SD 865 and 6 gigs of RAM) I get close to 5 gigs of RAM usage. That´s just one single task. But you´re right. You´ll never get any mobile device over 5 gigs of RAM usage unless that´s your only goal.
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Ontherun 27 November 2022 18:34
Void disprover (somewhat)disprover, Also, the frequency and speed of apple RAM are just out of this world. On a phone
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