Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus vs Apple A12 Bionic vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus (855+) Mobile Platform is a high-end smartphone and tablet SoC that Qualcomm announced in 2019. Compared to the normal Snapdragon 855, the 855 Plus offers higher clock speeds of the GPU and CPU. The SoC integrates a fast ‘Prime Core’ that clocks up to 2.96 GHz (up from 2.84 GHz in the 855) and three further fast ARM Cortex-A76 performance cores, which can reach up to 2.42 GHz. These are complemented by four power-saving ARM Cortex-A55 cores that clock up to a maximum of 1.8 GHz.

The SoC also integrates the new X24 LTE modem that Qualcomm promises will deliver up to 2 Gbit/s maximum download speed over LTE Cat.20 and up to 316 Mbit/s upload speeds. The Snapdragon 855 can be configured with the company’s new X50 5G modem too.

Qualcomm has also improved the integrated Wi-Fi modem, which is Wi-Fi 6-ready, has 8x8 Sounding and supports up to 802.11 ay Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi modem can utilise the 60 GHz mmWave band for up to 10 Gbit/s internet speeds.

The Hexagon 690 DSP has undergone the most revisions of that which Qualcomm has integrated into the Snapdragon 855. The new DSP incorporates a neural processing unit (NPU) with dedicated Tensor-cores that can execute up to 7 trillion operations per second in conjunction with the CPU and GPU. In short, the Snapdragon 855 should be three times faster than the Snapdragon 845 and two times faster than the Kirin 980 SoC.

The Snapdragon 855 also has a Spectra 380 ISP onboard, which is the world’s first chip to incorporate a Computer Vision Engine (CV-ISP) that can perform depth calculations in videos at up to 60 FPS. The Snapdragon 855 should deliver real-time portrait modes or be able to detect objects with relatively low power consumption.

The built-in memory controller supports up to 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM (4 x 16-bit). As the SD855, the 855+ integrates an Adreno 640 graphics card that is now higher clocked and should offer a 15% higher performance.

Qualcomm will manufacturer the Snapdragon 855+ at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) using a 7 nm FinFET process. 

Apple A12 Bionic

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The Apple A12 Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPhone Xs and Xr. It was announced late 2018 and offers 6 cores divided in 2 performance cores and four power efficiency cores. Compared to the previous A11 Bionic, the A12 should offer a 15% improved CPU performance for the performance cores and a 50% lower power consumption for the efficiency cores (both according to Apple).

The chip also includes a new GPU that is advertised as 50% faster, the M12 Motion co-processor and a Neural Engine with 8 cores for up to 5 trillion operations per second.

With 6.9 billion transistors, the A12 Bionic is a big chip especially compared to the Snapdragon 835 (3 Billion) or a Skylake desktop quad-core Soc (1.75 Billion). Compared to the A11, the A12 integrates 60% more transistors.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is a high-end smartphone and tablet SoC that Qualcomm announced in December 2018. The SoC integrates a fast ‘Prime Core’ that clocks up to 2.84 GHz and three further fast ARM Cortex-A76 performance cores, which can reach up to 2.42 GHz. These are complemented by four power-saving ARM Cortex-A55 cores that clock up to a maximum of 1.8 GHz. The higher ‘Prime Core’ clock speed should provide significantly better single core performance than the Snapdragon 845, but we suspect that the Snapdragon 855 will fall short of the Apple A12 Bionic. The new SoC should have up to 45% faster single-core performance and 35% multi-core performance than its predecessor. Qualcomm praises the Snapdragon 855’s ability to maintain its performance when faced with sustained load, beating the Apple A12 Bionic SoC and the HiSilicon Kirin 980.

The SoC also integrates the new X24 LTE modem that Qualcomm promises will deliver up to 2 Gbit/s maximum download speed over LTE Cat.20 and up to 316 Mbit/s upload speeds. The Snapdragon 855 can be configured with the company’s new X50 5G modem too.

Qualcomm has also improved the integrated Wi-Fi modem, which is Wi-Fi 6-ready, has 8x8 Sounding and supports up to 802.11 ay Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi modem can utilise the 60 GHz mmWave band for up to 10 Gbit/s internet speeds.

The Hexagon 690 DSP has undergone the most revisions of that which Qualcomm has integrated into the Snapdragon 855. The new DSP incorporates a neural processing unit (NPU) with dedicated Tensor-cores that can execute up to 7 trillion operations per second in conjunction with the CPU and GPU. In short, the Snapdragon 855 should be three times faster than the Snapdragon 845 and two times faster than the Kirin 980 SoC.

The Snapdragon 855 also has a Spectra 380 ISP onboard, which is the world’s first chip to incorporate a Computer Vision Engine (CV-ISP) that can perform depth calculations in videos at up to 60 FPS. The Snapdragon 855 should deliver real-time portrait modes or be able to detect objects with relatively low power consumption.

The built-in memory controller supports up to 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM (4 x 16-bit). Moreover, the Adreno 640 has 50% more compute units (ALUs) than the Adreno 630, while Qualcomm claims that it should be 20% faster than its predecessor. We currently do not know what clock speeds the Adreno 640 will operate at as Qualcomm did not announce these during the announcement of the Snapdragon 855.

Qualcomm will manufacturer the Snapdragon 855 at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) using a 7 nm FinFET process. The switch to 7 nm manufacturing should make the SD855 20% more efficient than the SD845. Qualcomm has not officially announced the thermal design power (TDP) of the SD855, but we suspect that the SoC will reach a maximum of 5 W and will average around 3.5 W under load.

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Performance Rating - Geekbench 5.1, PCM Work, Sling Shot Physics, Antutu v8 CPU
58.5 pt (84%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 30069     avg: 34737     median: 32129 (37%)     max: 42240 Points
min: 27400     avg: 27548     median: 27547 (32%)     max: 27717 Points
min: 20636     avg: 32923     median: 31198 (36%)     max: 45072 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 3137     avg: 4371     median: 4659 (58%)     max: 4737 Points
min: 2723     avg: 3060     median: 3030 (38%)     max: 3347 Points
min: 1934     avg: 3937     median: 4112 (52%)     max: 5024 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 3143     avg: 4323     median: 4560.5 (79%)     max: 4725 Points
min: 2880     avg: 3129     median: 2961 (51%)     max: 3493 Points
min: 2345     avg: 3892     median: 4095.5 (71%)     max: 4703 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
1 SD 855+ +
2627 Points (21%)
73%
1 SD 855 +
min: 1658     avg: 1926     median: 1926 (16%)     max: 2194 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
1 SD 855+ +
3579 Points (32%)
119%
1 SD 855 +
min: 3919     avg: 4247     median: 4247 (39%)     max: 4575 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
1 SD 855+ +
17637 Points (35%)
84%
1 SD 855 +
min: 11986     avg: 14903     median: 14902.5 (29%)     max: 17819 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
1 SD 855+ +
7818 Points (16%)
85%
1 SD 855 +
min: 5470     avg: 6620     median: 6619.5 (13%)     max: 7769 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
1 SD 855+ +
9887 Points (26%)
87%
1 SD 855 +
min: 7059     avg: 8575     median: 8574.5 (22%)     max: 10090 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 SD 855+ +
8497 Points (13%)
0 Points (0%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 SD 855+ +
3359 Points (68%)
0 Points (0%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 SD 855 +
9555 Points (17%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 SD 855 +
2891 Points (59%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
1 SD 855 +
min: 3295     avg: 3548     median: 3548 (56%)     max: 3801 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
1 SD 855 +
min: 10163     avg: 10529     median: 10529 (26%)     max: 10895 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 3603     avg: 3654     median: 3654 (58%)     max: 3705 Points
min: 4750     avg: 4779     median: 4774 (75%)     max: 4824 Points
min: 3406     avg: 3480     median: 3491 (55%)     max: 3537 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 9705     avg: 10547     median: 10546.5 (18%)     max: 11388 Points
min: 11244     avg: 11418     median: 11480 (20%)     max: 11598 Points
min: 10187     avg: 10955     median: 10987.5 (19%)     max: 11388 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 761     avg: 782     median: 787.5 (55%)     max: 792 Points
1118 Points (78%)
min: 725     avg: 742     median: 742 (52%)     max: 750 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2519     avg: 2788     median: 2846.5 (17%)     max: 2940 Points
2910 Points (18%)
min: 2441     avg: 2616     median: 2589.5 (16%)     max: 2852 Points
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 738     avg: 751     median: 751 (52%)     max: 764 Points
1119 Points (77%)
min: 552     avg: 713     median: 744 (51%)     max: 751 Points
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2652     avg: 2659     median: 2658.5 (22%)     max: 2665 Points
2857 Points (23%)
min: 2164     avg: 2622     median: 2694 (22%)     max: 2856 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 2006.5     avg: 2054     median: 2032.2 (3%)     max: 2133.5 ms
min: 603.1     avg: 622     median: 610.3 (1%)     max: 643.5 ms
min: 1851.7     avg: 2147     median: 2114.1 (4%)     max: 2610.5 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
100%
1 SD 855 +
384 ms (4%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 23781     avg: 24606     median: 24571 (47%)     max: 25353 Points
min: 41367     avg: 42486     median: 42897 (82%)     max: 43280 Points
min: 17011     avg: 23240     median: 23937 (46%)     max: 25640 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
100%
1 SD 855 +
min: 239512     avg: 255436     median: 255924 (87%)     max: 268271 Points
AnTuTu v7 - MEM
12537 Points (38%)
min: 7312     avg: 9998     median: 10135.5 (31%)     max: 12409 Points
min: 9188     avg: 13484     median: 13816 (42%)     max: 19329 Points
AnTuTu v7 - UX
81494 Points (100%)
min: 59570     avg: 65177     median: 66701 (82%)     max: 67735 Points
min: 53266     avg: 73247     median: 74726 (92%)     max: 79058 Points
AnTuTu v7 - GPU
175688 Points (55%)
min: 129473     avg: 147840     median: 151931 (47%)     max: 158023 Points
min: 67537     avg: 152512     median: 156467 (49%)     max: 191221 Points
AnTuTu v7 - CPU
125546 Points (77%)
min: 106600     avg: 124761     median: 127986 (78%)     max: 136472 Points
min: 85969     avg: 115207     median: 118475 (73%)     max: 127208 Points
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score
395265 Points (70%)
min: 302955     avg: 347775     median: 358800 (63%)     max: 370545 Points
min: 217967     avg: 354450     median: 368232 (65%)     max: 398720 Points
AnTuTu v8 - UX
min: 66276     avg: 72044     median: 71855 (65%)     max: 78191 Points
71574 Points (65%)
min: 51228     avg: 63930     median: 64229 (58%)     max: 72343 Points
AnTuTu v8 - MEM
min: 64026     avg: 80567     median: 82790.5 (67%)     max: 92659 Points
45962 Points (37%)
min: 52596     avg: 61638     median: 59373 (48%)     max: 75544 Points
AnTuTu v8 - GPU
min: 169591     avg: 184179     median: 184036 (49%)     max: 199051 Points
166588 Points (44%)
min: 158097     avg: 167704     median: 167146 (44%)     max: 175532 Points
AnTuTu v8 - CPU
min: 132673     avg: 139174     median: 139170 (74%)     max: 145684 Points
146209 Points (78%)
min: 114777     avg: 135173     median: 139365 (74%)     max: 140166 Points
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
min: 462125     avg: 478464     median: 474972 (63%)     max: 501784 Points
430333 Points (57%)
min: 376698     avg: 428445     median: 432658 (58%)     max: 451559 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 237506     avg: 249793     median: 249792 (33%)     max: 262079 Points
min: 482773     avg: 486852     median: 486197 (64%)     max: 491585 Points
min: 197214     avg: 236383     median: 246456 (32%)     max: 265478 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
100%
1 SD 855+ +
min: 6325     avg: 7543     median: 7424 (32%)     max: 8880 Points
85%
1 SD 855 +
min: 5121     avg: 6872     median: 6326.5 (27%)     max: 12391 Points
PCMark for Android - Storage score
100%
1 SD 855+ +
min: 13484     avg: 15895     median: 15894.5 (54%)     max: 18305 Points
70%
1 SD 855 +
min: 5578     avg: 11793     median: 11067 (38%)     max: 18491 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
100%
1 SD 855+ +
min: 8702     avg: 10315     median: 10351.5 (78%)     max: 11690 Points
93%
1 SD 855 +
min: 8342     avg: 9710     median: 9664 (73%)     max: 11440 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
100%
1 SD 855+ +
min: 10286     avg: 13201     median: 12786 (65%)     max: 15510 Points
93%
1 SD 855 +
min: 10330     avg: 12161     median: 11890 (60%)     max: 14439 Points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus → 100% n=22

Average Benchmarks Apple A12 Bionic → 105% n=22

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 → 94% n=22

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