Wednesday, Jan 06, 2021, 15:00 Hardware

Benchmark: A14 Leaves Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888 in the Dust

Apple's new A14 chip has followed through and the future of performance for the iPad 4 and the new A14 iPhones is looking bright. Thanks to Apple's exclusive rights to their new in-house A14 chip, other smartphone manufacturers have to resort to the alternative – normally Qualcomm. Qualcomm has released benchmarks of the new Snapdragon 888, with an expected release in 2021's 1st quarter. The new SoC (system on a chip) will be used by most flagship Android smartphone companies, including Samsung, LG, and Xiamoi. The new benchmarks set a new reference point – for Android at least.

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The Snapdragon 888 in Detail
Qualcomm has presented their own benchmarks for their new processor, normally press representatives are given a chance to test the chips at their own events, but due to the coronavirus, Qualcomm decided to take this into their own hands. The SoC relies on the new Cortex-X1 core from ARM, with a clock rate of up to 2.84 GHz. There are also 3 Cortex A78 cores on the chip, clocking up to 2.4 GHz and 4 A55 cores with a clock rate of up to 1.8 GHz. In comparison to its predicessor, hte 865, the 888 offers a 25% improvement in CPU performance.

A Clear Leap in Performance
AnandTech has drawn on the benchmarks from Qualcomm and compared them with those of other processors – the single thread performance in the GeekBench 5 assessment noted a 23.5% improvement of the new Qualcomm chip over its predecessor. Qualcomm used a QRD (Qualcomm Reference Design, a smartphone with 512 GB of flash memory, 12 GB of RAM, and a 6.7" 2340x1080 pixel display) to test the chips.



Apple at the Forefront
Despite the impressiveness of Qualcomm's new chips – they don't stand a chance against Apple's new processors. The iPhone 12 took the lead according to GeekBench 5, even the iPhone 11 with its A13 was able to keep up with the Qualcomm SoC and even at times surpass it in terms of single-threaded performance. When it came to graphics testing, Apple's new chips were only more impressive, in the graphics benchmark the new Snapdragon chip acheived 86 FPS, the iPhone 12 102 FPS. The results are clear, Apple's competition has a long ways to come before they can adequately compete with Apple's hardware.

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