Snapdragon 888 Plus vs Apple A15 Bionic chip: benchmarks and reviews

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We have arranged a complete comparison of Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus vs Apple A15 bionic where Qualcomm and Google launched these SoCs, respectively. We have compared these two 8 core processors based on their pros and cons, Geekbench, Antutu, and technical specifications.

CPU Performance

Snapdragon 888 Plus
89

Apple A15 Bionic
99

Gaming Performance

Snapdragon 888 Plus
95

Apple A15 Bionic
96

Battery Life

Snapdragon 888 Plus
95

Apple A15 Bionic
96

Tenzys Tech Score

Snapdragon 888 Plus
92

Apple A15 Bionic
97

Major differences between Snapdragon 888 Plus Vs Apple A15 Bionic

Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus

  • Snapdragon 888 Plus has 7.99% higher Antutu 9 score than Apple A15 Bionic (865k vs 801k).
  • Snapdragon 888 Plus supports 19.90% higher memory bandwidth than Apple A15 Bionic chip (51.2 vs 42.7 GB/s)
  • SD 800+ has 2 more CPU cores than Apple A15 Bionic chip.

Pros of Apple A15 Bionic Chip

  • Apple A15 Bionic chip is announced 3-months later than Snapdragon 888 Plus, hence better.
  • Apple A15 Bionic chip has a 7.61% higher CPU clock speed(frequency) than Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus (3223MHz vs 2995 MHz).
  • Apple A15 Bionic chip has a 42.85% higher GPU clock speed(frequency) than Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus (1200MHz vs 840 MHz).
  • Instruction set is latest hence better.

Full comparison between Snapdragon 888 Plus vs Apple A15 Bionic Chip

SoC:Snapdragon 888 PlusApple A15 Bionic

Antutu 9

Total Score:

Snapdragon 888 Plus
865495

A15 Bionic
801595

CPU218734 216265
GPU326250 339795
Memory153870 112472
UX166641133063

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GeekBench 5

Single-Core Score

Snapdragon 888 Plus
1191

A15 Bionic
1728

Multi-Core Score

Snapdragon 888 Plus
3695

A15 Bionic
4656

Display

Max On-Device Display4K @ 60 Hz, QHD+ @ 144 Hz4K, QHD+
Max On-Display Resolution3840 x 21603840 x 2160
HDRDolby Vision, HDR10+, HLG, HDR10HDR10+, HDR10
Color DepthUp to 10-bitUp to 10-bit
Color GamutRec2020Rec2020

CPU

Architecture1x 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
Cores86
Base Frequency1800 MHz1820 MHz
Turbo
Frequency
2995 MHz3223 MHz
Instruction setARMv8.4-AARMv8.5-A
L1 cache
L2 cache1 MB
L3 cache4 MB8 MB
Process5 nanometers5 nanometers
TDP10 Watt6 Watt
Transistor Count15 Billion

Graphics

GPU nameAdreno 660Apple GPU
ArchitectureAdreno 600
GPU frequency840 MHz1.2 GHz
Execution units25
Shading units512640
FLOPS
Vulkan version1.1
OpenCL version2.0
DirectX version12

Memory

Memory typeLPDDR5LPDDR4X
Memory frequency3200 MHz4266 MHz
Bus4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth51.2 Gbit/s42.7 Gbit/s
Max size24 GB8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU)Hexagon 780Neural Engine
Storage typeUFS 3.0, UFS 3.1 NVMe
Max display resolution3840 x 2160 2732 x 2048
Max camera resolution1x 200MP, 2x 25MP
Video capture8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS4K at 60FPS
Video playback8K at 30FPS4K at 60FPS
Video codecsH.264, H.265, VP8, VP9H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecsAAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAVAAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+

Also Read: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 vs Google Tensor

Connectivity

ModemX60
4G supportLTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 24
5G supportYesYes
Download speed7.5 Gbps
Upload speed3.5 Gbps
Wi-Fi66
Bluetooth5.25.0
NavigationGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVICGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

AnnouncedJune 2021September 2021
ClassFlagshipFlagship
Model numberSM8350-AC APL1W07
Official pageQualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus official site

Additional

ChargingQualcomm Quick Charge 5 technology
Qualcomm Quick Charge AI(0-100% in less than 15 minutes)

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Review by Tenzys Tech

CPU

The CPU of Snapdragon 888 Plus is clocked up to 2.995 GHz while Apple A15 Bionic is clocked up to 3.223 GHz. However, Apple A15 Bionic chip has 6 Cores(Hexa-core) while Snapdragon 888 Plus has 8 cores(octa-core). But on the basis of CPU configurations, we can’t judge the real-time performance because both SoCs operate on different OS or platforms (Apple- IOS, Snapdragon 888+: Android).

GPU

GPU of chipset snapdragon 888 Plus is equipped with Adreno 660 while the Apple A15 Bionic Chip is equipped with Apple GPU. Frankly, Apple GPU is much better than Snapdragon 888 Plus because Apple GPU has a clock speed of 1.2 GHz while SD 888 Plus is clocked up to 840 MHz. Also Read: Snapdragon 888 vs Snapdragon 888 Plus

Memory

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus comprises a memory type of LPDDR5 which is energy efficient while Apple A15 Bionic Chip comprises LPDDR4x which is less energy efficient as compared to LPDDR5. But the memory frequency of SD 888+ is 3200 MHz while in Apple A15 Bionic it is 4266 MHz. Also, Snapdragon 888 Plus supports the extension of RAM up to 24 GB while the Apple A15 Bionic chip supports the extension of RAM up to 8 GB only. So both the SoCs have advantages and disadvantages so choose wisely.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus

Tenzys Tech

Snapdragon 888 Plus
CPU
GPU
Memory
Energy efficiency and battery life

Summary

The best chipset in a flagship series of Qualcomm in 2021.

4.5

Apple A15 Bionic

Tenzys Tech

Apple A15 Bionic Chip
CPU
GPU
Memory
Energy efficiency and battery life

Summary

The latest and best processor of 2021 from Apple.

4.8

Q n A

Which is better Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus or Apple A15 Bionic Chip?

Based on technical specifications, we can’t judge the real-time performance of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888+ and Apple A15 Bionic chipsets as both the SoCs operates on different OS or software platform i.e. IOS and Android. But for the graphical intensive task, the Apple A15 Bionic chip is quite better than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset(1200 MHz vs 840 MHz). However, based on Antutu 9 benchmark score, Snapdragon 888 Plus has 865k score and Apple’s A15 Bionic chip has 801k score. But it doesn’t justify the concluded result of performance for both SoCs because based on past experiences the software optimization is better found in Apple’s IOS operating system. So overall Apple’s A15 Bionic chip is better than Snapdragon 888 Plus.

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