A13 Bionic vs Snapdragon 865 battle always been a race that which processors are better? Android-based Snapdragon or Apple-based A series processor? As we always know that the processors used in iPhones are almost two generations ahead of the processors used for Android. But this time scenario has completely changed.

However, 5G is supported only on Snapdragon 865. In 2020 phones such as Samsung Galaxy S20 series, Oneplus 8 series, LG V60 ThinQ, Oppo Find X2 Pro, etc uses Snapdragon 865 while A13 bionic is used in Apple iPhone 11 series and iPhone SE2. Bionic a13 processor is said to be faster than many processors than Intel for laptops.

SPECIFICATIONS 

                                                 Snapdragon 865 Apple A13 Bionic
CPU Core  8 CPU 6 CPU
CPU Architecture 1x 2.84 GHz – Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
2x 2.66 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.6 GHz – Thunder
CPU Clock Speed Up to 2.84GHz Up to 2.65GHz
L1 cache 512KB 48KB
L2 cache 1MB 4MB
L3 cache 4MB UNKNOWN
ISP Spectra 480 Apple-designed Image Processor
Camera Capability Up to 200 MP N/A
Video Capability 8K @ 30 FPS, 4K HDR @ 60FPS, 4K @ 120FPS 4K HDR @ 60FPS
Charging Technology Quick Charge 4+ Fast Charging
Modem Qualcomm X55 5G Modem
7.5 Gbps Peak Download
3 Gbps Peak Upload
Intel’s XMM 7660 LTE Modem
1.6Gbps Peak Download
225Mbps Peak Upload
GPU Wi-Fi 6-ready Wi-Fi 6-ready

A13 Bionic vs Snapdragon 865 BENCHMARK

AnTuTu Benchmark 8

Snapdragon 865-580923

A13 BIONIC-473907

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)

Snapdragon-865-914

A13 BIONIC-1323

Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)

Snapdragon 865-3383

A13 BIONIC-3472

Comparison of CPU

If we talk about A13 Bionic vs Snapdragon 865 in terms of CPU it’s well known that A13 Bionic was already 50% more powerful than last year’s Snapdragon 855. But this time scenario has completely changed.   And according to Qualcomm, the newer Snapdragon 865 is 25% faster than its previous version. Both processors are based on a 7nm manufacturing processor.

As per AnTuTu score Snapdragon 865 score 580923  and A13 BIONIC score 473907 clearly 865 wins but in Geekbench 5 (Single-Core) A13 wins with a score of 1323 while snapdragon 865 scores 914 and A13 also clearly wins in Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core) with a score  3472 while snapdragon 865 scores 3383. So according to this score, the Snapdragon 865 is not a great defender compared to the A13 Bionic when it comes to intensive multi-threaded tasks.

But if talk about the overall performance of the CPU A13 Bionic is still the king.  Because of its two broad Lightning cores are one of the most popular and powerful CPU cores designed for mobile phones right now. Snapdragon 865 pros over A13 is that it has 2 more cores and  7% higher CPU clock speed (2840 vs 2660 MHz). Power efficiency is also one of the big factors nowadays because of heavy usage.

If we compare 865 and A13 here A13 wins again where Apple takes the lead again. Apple claimed that the A13 chip uses 40% less power than its previous processor while improving the performance by 20%. That’s why iPhone 11 better are better even they have low Mah. While Qualcomm claimed that 865  is 25% more power-efficient than its previous processor, clearly A13 is more power-efficient in handling heavy tasks and gaming.

Coming to the artificial intelligence and machine learning sector both processors are equipped with the best AI and MI technology. Snapdragon 865 features a 5th- generation AI engine, which is ready to work in a wide range of applications such as translation, voice recognition, object tracking, and more. Apple uses AI and MI technology named “Neural Driver” on the A13 Bionic.

COMPARISON OF GPU OF A13 Bionic vs Snapdragon 865

GPU name Adreno 650 Apple A13 Bionic GPU
Architecture Adreno 600
GPU frequency 587 MHz
Cores 4
Number of ALUs 512
FLOPS 1228 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.1
DirectX version 12 12.1
In A13 Bionic vs Snapdragon 865 battle Apple GPU is one of the most powerful GPUs in a smartphone. Apple uses an A13 Bionic GPU in the A13 processor which is 4 core GPU that supports DirectX 12.1. This time Apple has made a great change in its GPU A13’s GPU  delivers 20% more performance and 40% less power consumption we compare with to the A12 chip while Adreno 650, is 25% more in performance and 35% less power consumption from its previous 855 processor.

Apple uses a metal engine to improve the GPU performance this time. SparseTextures, Rasterization Rate Maps, Vertex Amplification, and heavy graphics content can be created with the help of a metal engine. One of the main advantages of Adreno 650 over A13 is that it support 144Hz display and Desktop Forward Rendering for designing desktop-class gaming on mobile phones. During the GFX 3.1 Manhattan test A13 scores 120 while 865 manage to score some around 90.

COMPARISON OF CAMERA

Snapdragon 865 uses a Spectra 480 ISP (image signal processor) which is much improved if you compare it with the 855 image signal processor.Spectra 480 is capable of shooting 8K HDR videos at 30FPS and can capture images of up to 200 megapixels that is really insane. Gigapixel Technology on the Spectra 480 ISP is also capable of shooting 960

FPS slow-motion videos at 720p quality. While Apple A13 uses an image processor that supports 4K HDR video recording at 60FPS or 1080P video recording at 240FPS.We don’t have detailed knowledge of the A13 image signal processor since Apple has not shared much details.But A13 latest computational photography and Neural Engine technology which gives excellent night photography very detailed and sharp photography which are much more similar to Android phones equipped with 865

CONNECTIVITY

Snapdragon 865 wins against Apple A13 Bionic because it is a 5G supported processor.A13 Bionic is equipped with Intel XXM 7660 and Snapdragon 865 is equipped with X55 5G Modem. Snapdragon 865 comes with an exceptional speed of up to 7.5Gbps on 5G and an upload speed of 3Gbps 5G support.A13 can support speed up to 1.6Gbps 4G and 225Mbps upload 4G. so this is a huge difference if we compare the overall speed support of both processor.

CONCLUSION

We have given almost a detailed comparison of almost all segments. As per comparison, Snapdragon 865 is behind Apple A13 Bionic in the CPU AND GPU segment. As we know that Snapdragon flagship was almost two-generation slower as compare to the Apple flagship processor but this time the gap has become narrow. This time Qualcomm uses better AI and ML technology. And Modem of 865 with 5G support gives one of the main factors that makes 865 better in terms of connectivity. As well as you can get an 865 processor in affordable phones such as Oneplus 8 series,iQOO3, OPPO find X2, etc.