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iPhone 12 may still be more powerful than 2021 flagship Android phones

In the Geekbench 5, a popular CPU benchmarking tool, while Apple iPhone 12 Pro (A14 Bionic) scored 1603 in single core performance, the Snapdragon 888 scored lesser at 1135.

Apple iPhone 12.
Apple iPhone 12. (Unsplash)

Those familiar with Qualcomm chipsets would know that the company, every year in December launches its flagship processor for smartphones that will be used by OEMs the next year. This year as well the firm has introduced Snapdragon 888 flagship system on a chip. This is supposed to power all the premium Android phones in 2021. But the performance of the SoC might still not be as good as Apple's processor used in this year’s iPhones. 

Anandtech recently received the benchmarks from Qualcomm, which were compared with the known scores of the Apple’s 14 bionic and last year’s A13 chipsets.

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In the Geekbench 5, a popular CPU benchmarking tool, while Apple iPhone 12 Pro (A14 Bionic) scored 1603 in single core performance, the Snapdragon 888 scored lesser at 1135. It was even lesser than iPhone 11 Pro’s (A13) 1331 score. In terms of multicore performance, the iPhone 12 Pro again scored higher at 4187 as compared to Snapdragon 888’s 3794.

The website also tested the GPU performance using GFX bench results. According to the results, iPhone 12 Pro scored 102.2 peak frames per second. The Snapdragon 888 reached 86 peak frames per second. This is even lower than the scores of iPhone 12, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 and even the iPhone SE (2020). 

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However, on the brighter side, in both Geekbench and GFX Bench results, the Snapdragon 888 performed better than some of the current high-end Android flagship phones like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Huawei 40 Pro and the Asus ROG Phone 3.

It's worth adding that Snapdragon 888 and Apple A14 Bionic are made using 5nm process. Qualcomm's chipset also uses Cortex X-1 as a part of its big-little design, similar to the one used in A14 Bionic.

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