Apple A13 Bionic vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus vs Apple A12 Bionic

Apple A13 Bionic

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The Apple A13 Bionic is a System on a Chip (SoC) from Apple that is found in the iPhone 11 series. It was announced late 2019 and offers 6 cores divided in 2 performance cores and four power efficiency cores. Compared to the previous A12 Bionic, the A13 should offer a 20% improved CPU performance at 40% lower power (according to Apple).

With 8.5 billion transistors, the A13 Bionic is a big chip especially compared to the Snapdragon 835 (3 Billion) or a Skylake desktop quad-core Soc (1.75 Billion).

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.

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Apple A12 Bionic - 2490 MHz6 / 6
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus - 2960 MHz8 / 85 MB
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3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 33864     avg: 33896     median: 33898 (39%)     max: 33925 Points
min: 30561     avg: 34029     median: 32129 (37%)     max: 41296 Points
min: 27400     avg: 27548     median: 27547 (32%)     max: 27717 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 3018     avg: 3119     median: 3118.5 (39%)     max: 3219 Points
150%
855+ +
min: 4635     avg: 4685     median: 4683 (59%)     max: 4737 Points
min: 2723     avg: 3060     median: 3030 (38%)     max: 3347 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
min: 3411     avg: 3644     median: 3644 (71%)     max: 3877 Points
126%
855+ +
min: 4517     avg: 4613     median: 4604 (90%)     max: 4725 Points
min: 2880     avg: 3129     median: 2961 (58%)     max: 3493 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
100%
855+ +
2627 Points (21%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
100%
855+ +
3579 Points (32%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
100%
855+ +
17637 Points (35%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
100%
855+ +
7818 Points (16%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
100%
855+ +
9887 Points (26%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
855+ +
8497 Points (13%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
855+ +
3359 Points (68%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
100%
855+ +
min: 3603     avg: 3654     median: 3654 (58%)     max: 3705 Points
min: 4750     avg: 4779     median: 4774 (75%)     max: 4824 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
100%
855+ +
min: 9705     avg: 10547     median: 10546.5 (18%)     max: 11388 Points
min: 11244     avg: 11418     median: 11480 (20%)     max: 11598 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1343     avg: 1343     median: 1343 (100%)     max: 1344 Points
min: 761     avg: 782     median: 787.5 (59%)     max: 792 Points
1118 Points (83%)
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 3242     avg: 3427     median: 3463 (21%)     max: 3575 Points
min: 2519     avg: 2788     median: 2846.5 (17%)     max: 2940 Points
2910 Points (18%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 570.9     avg: 572     median: 571.7 (1%)     max: 572.8 ms
min: 2006.5     avg: 2054     median: 2021.4 (3%)     max: 2133.5 ms
min: 603.1     avg: 622     median: 610.3 (1%)     max: 643.5 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 48819     avg: 49119     median: 49151 (94%)     max: 49388 Points
min: 23999     avg: 24641     median: 24571 (47%)     max: 25353 Points
min: 41367     avg: 42486     median: 42897 (82%)     max: 43280 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
min: 650706     avg: 678820     median: 683897 (90%)     max: 701856 Points
min: 237506     avg: 249793     median: 249792 (33%)     max: 262079 Points
min: 482773     avg: 486852     median: 486197 (64%)     max: 491585 Points
PCMark for Android - Computer Vision score
100%
855+ +
7424 Points (44%)
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
100%
855+ +
min: 8702     avg: 10384     median: 10571 (86%)     max: 11690 Points
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
100%
855+ +
min: 10286     avg: 12758     median: 12776 (65%)     max: 15193 Points

Average Benchmarks Apple A13 Bionic → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus → 95%

Average Benchmarks Apple A12 Bionic → 92%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)