The iPhone 14 Pro’s A16 Bionic beats the latest Snapdragon 8 chip coming to Android phones later this year
Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced its latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile chip and platform, promising to “revolutionize flagship smartphones” with “groundbreaking” experiences. The new chip is expected to launch in Android smartphones later this year, but benchmarks suggest it can’t compete with Apple’s A16 Bionic chip, which powers iPhone 14 Pro models.
While the latest chip won’t officially ship to smartphones for a few months, Geekbench scores for the chip have already been spotted on an unreleased Android handset. According to the results (via DealNTech), the latest Snapdragon 8 chip scored 1483 in single-core and 4709 in multi-core. of A16 Bionic scored 1874 in single core and 5372 in multi core. By comparison, the A15 Bionic chip, found in the iPhone 13 Pro and the lower end iPhone 14 models, too scored more than Qualcomm’s latest chip with 1709 in one core compared to 1483.
In one Press release of the new chip, Qualcomm said it will “set a new standard for connected computing, intelligently designed with ground-breaking AI across the board to enable exceptional experiences.” Qualcomm’s senior vice president and general manager of mobile, Chris Patrick, said that “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will revolutionize the flagship smartphone landscape in 2023.”
Compared to the first-generation Snapdragon 8 chip, Qualcomm says the newest platform offers a 35% increase in CPU performance, a 25% increase in GPU performance, and an increase in energy efficiency. In 2020, Apple’s A14 Bionic chip and even the A13 Bionic chip from last year beat Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip that was launched on Android devices last year.
Performance claims made by Apple during the iPhone 14 Pro keynote in September
The A16 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro, like the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, is built on TSMC’s 4nm process and both offer improved performance and power efficiency. The A16 Bionic chip contains 16 billion transistors, a 6-core CPU, a 5-core GPU and a 16-core neural engine. “The competition is still working to catch up to the performance of the A13 that we first introduced iPhone 11 three years ago,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, during the Apple event in September.
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