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Snapdragon 855 vs A12 Bionic

Snapdragon has been making news ever since it announced its brand new SoC, the SD855, at the Snapdragon Summit in Maui, Hawaii, last year. The company has claimed substantial performance boosts, comparing the SoC to Apple’s very best A12 Bionic.

The Snapdragon 855 is the company’s first 7nm manufacturing process, allowing better efficiency and battery life. The SoC is also the first to feature 5G.

The SoC has a new Kyro CPU core that can increase the performance by 45% over the previous SD 845. The new Adreno GPU also promises a boost of about 20%.

There’s support for Vulkan 1.1, HDR10+ and physically-based rendering as well. All of this should contribute to more realistic-looking games.

The Snapdragon 855 also powers the new Samsung Galaxy S10 and has allowed the company to implement its ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Read about how it’s better than the optical sensor found on OnePlus 6T here.

In theory, the SD855 is expected to be better than the A12 Bionic.

Also read: Intel Core i9 vs Core i7 vs Core i5 vs Core i3.

A12 Bionic vs Snapdragon 855

Here’s a side by side comparison of the two.

CatagoryApple A12 BionicSnapdragon 855
Design Process7nm7nm
Architecture64-bit64-bit
CPU6-core processor (2x Performance cores + 4x Efficiency cores)8 x Qualcomm® Kryo™ 485 CPU up to 2.84GHz
GPUApple Designed 4-core GPUQualcomm Adreno 640 Visual Processing Subsystem
CameraApple’s ISPDual 14-bit CV-ISPs, Hardware accelerator for computer vision (CV-ISP), Qualcomm Spectra™ 380 image signal processor
ChargingWireless charging, Normal Charging via USBQualcomm Quick Charge 4+
SecurityNeural Engine for Face IDFace, Fingerprint, Iris, Voice

Apple A12 Bionic

  • Design Process: 7nm
  • Architecture: 64-bit
  • CPU: 6-core processor (2x Performance cores + 4x Efficiency cores)
  • GPU: Apple Designed 4-core GPU
  • Camera: Apple’s ISP
  • Charging: Wireless charging, Normal Charging via USB
  • Security: Neural Engine for FaceID

Also read: Apple’s A12 Bionic vs. Snapdragon 845: iOS’ best vs Android’s

Snapdragon 855

  • Design Process: 7nm
  • Architecture: 64-bit
  • CPU: 8 x Qualcomm® Kryo™ 485 CPU up to 2.84GHz
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 640 Visual Processing Subsystem
  • Camera: Dual 14-bit CV-ISPs, Hardware accelerator for computer vision (CV-ISP), Qualcomm Spectra™ 380 image signal processor
  • Charging: Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+
  • Security: Face, Fingerprint, Iris, Voice

Also read: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 845

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