Qualcomm just launched its latest top processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagship SoC. The new processor claims to “renovate premium smartphones with a revolutionary experience.” We should expect to see this new chip in Android top devices later this year. Is this new chip, however, the greatest mobile processor on the market? Can it outperform the Bionic A16 SoC that debuted with the iPhone 14 series a few months ago? Benchmark testing shows that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is still lagging behind Apple’s A16 Bionic processor.
Geekbench Scores Comparison
Following the official release of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagship SoC, we now have the Geebench results for this processor. The findings reveal that the chip has a single-core score of 1483 and a multi-core score of 4709. How does this score compare to the iPhone 14 Pro series Bionic A16 chip? The Bionic A16 has a single-core score of 1874 and a multi-core score of 5372. Because the Bionic A16 totally outperforms the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, we’ll compare its performance to the Bionic A15.
The Bionic A15, which will be introduced in 2021, also outperforms the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The single-core score of the Bionic A15 is 1738, while the multi-core score is 4766. However, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC absolutely outperforms the 2020 Bionic A14 SoC, despite being at least two generations behind the Bionic A16 SoC. These results show that Android lags behind Apple in terms of processing performance. This also implies that the majority of Android flagships that employ this technology will perform poorly. At the very least, it is less than the iPhone 14 series. Even the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus with the Bionic A15 will outperform Android flagships with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Performance
According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will define a new standard. It will usher in new computer standards. This chip is also thoughtfully engineered to offer remarkable experiences with comprehensive breakthrough artificial intelligence. “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will transform the flagship smartphone environment in 2023,” said Chris Patrick, senior vice president, and general manager of Qualcomm’s mobile device division. However, with performance significantly below that of the Bionic A16, it needs to be improved.
In comparison to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, the upgraded platform provides 35% greater CPU performance. It also improves GPU performance by 25%. According to Qualcomm, the new processor also has improved power efficiency. In 2020, Apple’s A14 Bionic chip and even the previous-generation A13 chip outperformed Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor.
The design is extremely important in chip performance. Qualcomm has been employing its old 4 + 3 + 1 design architecture for some years. Because of the chip’s age, it has four energy-saving cores, three high-performance cores, and one prime core. Qualcomm, on the other hand, created a fresh design using the new processor. The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC is built on a 3 + (2 + 2) + 1 architecture. Essentially, the new chip has five high-end cores rather than four. This should also explain why Qualcomm claims up to 35% higher CPU power. The first Samsung Galaxy S23 series benchmarks highlight this new design.
The Cortex-A710 and Cortex-A715 designs include two pairs of high-performance cores. These cores have a maximum clock speed of 2.8 GHz. It also has three ARM Cortex-A510-based, energy-saving processors. These cores have a maximum clock speed of 2.0 GHz. Qualcomm is competing against its Taiwanese rival MediaTek. As a result, it had to modify the cluster architecture of its new chip’s CPU. This is done to ensure the chip’s performance.
Qualcomm hopes to raise things by up to 40% with more enhancements. The upgraded Adreno 740 GPU on the processor is supposed to provide up to 25% better performance. However, the manufacturer claims that this chip is 45 percent more efficient. Real-time ray tracing is also supported by the new GPU. This is the first time a Qualcomm processor has provided realistic lighting and reflections in games. One of the new chip’s selling features is real-time ray tracing.
Apple A16 Bionic Architecture
The Apple A16 Bionic has six cores. This System on a Chip has two 3.46GHz performance cores and four power-efficiency cores. This chip includes a Neural Engine that still has 16 cores. However, for AI tasks, its performance improves to 17 TOPS (vs. 15.8 for the A15). Apple’s latest CPU contains approximately 16 billion transistors. Remember that the A15 Bionic has 15.8 billion transistors. Likewise, the A14 Bionic has 11.8 billion transistors. The Bionic A15 and A16 have no discernible differences. The jump from the A14 Bionic to the A15 Bionic, on the other hand, is rather significant. Apple highlighted efficiency, mentioning 20% power savings for the high-performance cores and the e-cores’ class-leading efficiency.
The A16 Bionic and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoCs are both manufactured using the same process. They both employ the 4nm manufacturing process from TSMC. Both chips outperform their predecessors in terms of performance and energy efficiency. However, it appears that the design of these chips is the most important factor in determining which one works better. The A16 Bionic processor from Apple comprises 16 billion transistors and includes a 6-core CPU, 5-core GPU, and a 16-core cognitive engine. Apple’s chip designs are pretty good. “Competitors are still attempting to catch up with the performance of the A13 processor…” stated Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president, in September during the iPhone 14 series launch event.