Oh no! Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 slower than Apple A16 Bionic? Is iPhone winning again? | Mobile News

Oh no! Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 slower than Apple A16 Bionic? Is iPhone winning again?

Early benchmark results have shown the A16 Bionic chip to have a significant lead over an upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip.

| Updated on: Nov 18 2022, 19:54 IST
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1/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max brings a new 48MP main camera in addition to the new 12MP ultrawide camera and the same old 12MP 3X telephoto camera. The front 12MP camera has an autofocus lens system.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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2/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max retains almost the same design as the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Deep Purple colour variant is the new colour this here; we have got the Gold version with us. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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3/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max uses the new 4nm A16 Bionic chip that promises marginal performance gains over the A15 Bionic. AnTuTu scores show a performance gain of 28 percent in graphics and 19 percent in CPU. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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5/6 iPhone 14 Pro Max gets rid of the notch in favour of a pill-shaped Dynamic Island. Other than masking the cutouts, it changes shape to accommodate the icons and widgets. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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6/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at a price of Rs. 139,900 in India for the 128GB variant and goes up to Rs. 189,900 for the 1TB version.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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The Apple A16 Bionic has an edge over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in benchmarks. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has been announced for the Android flagships of the world and Qualcomm has made some tall promises with power efficiency and overall performance. However, an early Geekbench visit of the chip in an upcoming Vivo smartphone has revealed a worrying concern for all the Android enthusiasts. For all that it promises, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 may not be any faster than the Apple A16 Bionic chip, which is said to be a mild tweak of the A15 Bionic chip from last year.

Based on a report from Gadgets360, a Geekbench test reveals that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 on an upcoming Vivo smartphone has scored a single core score of 1483 and a multi-core score of 4709. These are fairly high scores for an Android device and could make this Vivo smartphone one of the most powerful Android smartphones of 2023. However, compared to the A16 Bionic chip on the iPhone 14 Pro, these scores fall behind.

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Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 less powerful than A16 Bionic?

The A16 Bionic has obtained slightly higher scores in both single and multi-core scores. Note that Android and iOS handle their resources differently and this Geekbench data only gives us a rough idea of how capable these chips are.

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Hence, despite sharing the same 4nm TSMC manufacturing process as the Apple A16 Bionic, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could end up falling short on raw performance. Qualcomm has used a dedicated Cortex-A3 core for handling demanding performance and four additional performance cores to keep up the performance. The efficiency cores are limited to three this time.

All that remains to be seen is how Android phone manufacturers are able to tune the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and get the most out of the chip. Phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 are expected to debut before the end of 2022, and may reach our shores by early 2023.

Both Apple and Qualcomm are expected to make use of the 3nm node for their 2024 flagship devices, which is expected to bring a substantial improvement in power consumption and overall performance.

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First Published Date: 18 Nov, 19:51 IST