As you know Qualcomm recently at its annual Tech summit in huawei introduced the Snapdragon 865 chipset along with discreet X55 5G modem. The chip maker’s new crown jewel is all set to become the buzz word of 2020 as top Android smartphone brands are lining up to introduce in their upcoming flagships. The new SoC boasts a noticeable gain over the older Snapdragon 855/855+ chips with new features like LPDDR5 RAM support, ISP that could handle 200MP sensors, 8K230fps, endless [email protected] slow-motion capture, and lot more.

Now that the Snapdragon 865 details are out, its that time of the year when most of us try to compare Qualcomm’s best Snapdragon SoC with latest chipsets from the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and MediaTek. So, the obvious question we like to ask is which one’s better ?

Let’s try and find that answer in this comparison down below. Let’s cut to the chase and see the clash of chipsets.

The on-stage presentation highlighted a huge gap between its A13 Bionic and the competition. Apple’s presentation claimed the A13 to be about 50% better than the Snapdragon 855 SoC and roughly around 35% better than the 855+ edition.

Although Qualcomm cites a 25% gain over SD855 on both performance and power efficiency fronts, it’s still bested by a A13.

Well, if Geekbench scores of A13 Bionic, Kirin 990 and so-called Snapdragon 865 (posted by IceUniverse) are anything to go by the Apple’s chip seems superior in single-core performance while the multi-core performance is almost neck-to-neck.


From the looks of it, Apple still does better in CPU and GPU scores. But, it’s too early to comment on a real-world performance for obvious reasons. Once phones running on Snapdragon 865 hits the market, we could compare them with the Apple handsets.

Furthermore, the competition, especially Qualcomm seems to have plunged ahead in areas like video capabilities, imaging, LPDDR5 RAM and 5G support. Agreed, we still have time until the mainstream expansion of 5G, but a little bit of future-proofing is good to have.

Snapdragon 865 vs Apple A13 Bionic vs Kirin 990 vs Exynos 990 vs MediaTek Dimensity 1000


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Model Snapdragon 865 Apple A13 Bionic Kirin 990 Exynos 990 Mediatek Dimensity 1000
Core Architecture Octa-core 1x 2.84GHz Kryo 885 (Cortex A77) 3x 2.42GHz (Cortex A77) 4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A55/Efficiency cores) Hexa-core 2x 2.65GHz (Lightning /Performance) 4x 1.8GHz (Thunder/ Efficiency) Octa-core 2 x 2.86GHz (Cortex A76) 2x 2.36GHz (Cortex A76) 4x 1.95GHz (Cortex A55) Octa-core 2x Exynos M5 (20-percent performance boost) 2x Cortex A76 4x Cortex A55 Octa-core 4x Cortex A77 at 2.6GHz; 4x Cortex A55 at 2.0GHz
Fabrication Process 7nm 7nm+ 7nm+ 7nm 7nm
GPU Adreno 650 @587MHz Custom quad-core Mali-G76 MP16, @700MHz Mali-G77 MP11 Mali-G77 MC9
Supported RAM (up to) [email protected] 2750MHz LPDDR4X LPDDR4-4266 LPDDR5 @ 2750MHz 4x 16b LPDDR4x
Modem Qualcomm X55 5G Modem Discreet 7.5 Gbps Peak Download; 3 Gbps Peak Upload Intel’s XMM 7660 LTE Modem 1.6Gbps Peak Download 225Mbps Peak Upload Integrated Balong 5G up to 2.3 Gbps download 1.25 Gbps upload Exynos 5123 Discrete Integrated 5G Sub-6 DL = 4600Mbps; UL = 2500Mbps
WiFi-6 ready Yes Yes John NA Yes
ISP Spectra 480; Up to 200 MP Custom-designed Image Processor; Computational photography ISP 5.0 Block-matching and 3D filtering for noise reduction Single: up to 108MP Dual:up to 24.8MP 80MP/ 32MP + 16MP 5-core ISP
AI Hexagon 698 15 TOPs octa-core Neural Engine 2 + 1 Da Vinci Dual NPU + DSP >10 TOPs APU 3.0 + 4.5 TOPS performance
Video 8K HDR @30fps 4K HDR @120fps [email protected] 4K HDR @60fps [email protected] [email protected]/60fps [email protected] [email protected] 8K HDR at 30fps 4K HDR at 120fps 4K60 with multi-exposure

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