Qualcomm today shared the benchmark results for the Snapdragon 888 SoC, which will be used on the flagship Android phones to be launched in 2021, and is unable to keep up with the A14 chip from the iPhone 12 and the A13 from the iPhone 11.
AnandTech compared Qualcomm’s benchmarks to Apple’s benchmarks, with the iPhone winning the Geekbench 5 and GFXBench tests.
The Snapdragon 888 chip got a single-core score of 1,135 and a multi-core score of 3,794, while the iPhone 12 Pro with A14 chip got a single-core score of 1,603 and a multi-core score of 4,187.
In the GFXBench test, which measures GPU performance, Samsung scored 86 (in frames per second), compared to 102.24 of theiPhone 12 Pro. Sustained performance is still unknown and will depend on the power consumption of the chip, but AnandTech believes that the Snapdragon 888 could eventually win over the “iPhone” if power consumption is competitive.
Although the Snapdragon 888 does not seem to match the top performance scores of the A13 or A14 SoCs used on Apple iPhones, the sustained performance will depend quite a bit on the power consumption of the chip. If this is between 4 and 4.5 W, then most of the flagship Android phones of 2021 will be able to support this peak performance figure and will allow Qualcomm to regain the crown of mobile performance from Apple. Otherwise, if the chip needs to accelerate significantly, then 888 will probably fail to resume the crown. But even if that’s the case, Android users shouldn’t care too much: the generational leap over 2020 phones would still be huge and by far one of the biggest GPU performance leaps Qualcomm has made. successful so far.
The Snapdragon 888 chip isn’t performing well on Apple’s A13 or A14 chips, but it’s a significant improvement over previous-generation Snapdragon chips used on today’s top Android smartphones. The performance of the processor increased by 25%, and that of the GPUs increased by 35%.
AnandTech says that because these benchmarks were provided by Qualcomm and were not obtained independently, we need to be confident that Qualcomm’s numbers are correct, but the site expects the figures to be “correct and reproduced on commercial devices”.