Apple A12 Bionic vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

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Apple A12 Bionic CPU1 vs CPU2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Apple A12 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

CPU comparison

Apple A12 Bionic or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The Apple A12 Bionic has 6 cores with 6 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.49 GHz. Up to 4 GB of memory is supported in 1 memory channels. The Apple A12 Bionic was released in Q3/2018.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has 8 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 2.84 GHz. The CPU supports up to 16 GB of memory in 4 memory channels. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 was released in Q4/2018.
Apple A series (22) Family Qualcomm Snapdragon (104)
Apple A12/A12X/A12Z (3) CPU group Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/860 (3)
12 Generation 6
A12 Architecture Kryo 485
Mobile Segment Mobile
Apple A11 Bionic Predecessor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Apple A13 Bionic Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Apple A12 Bionic has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 6 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the Apple A12 Bionic is 2.49 GHz while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has 8 CPU cores and 8 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is at 2.84 GHz.

Apple A12 Bionic Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
6 Cores 8
6 Threads 8
hybrid (big.LITTLE) Core architecture hybrid (Prime / big.LITTLE)
No Hyperthreading No
No Overclocking ? No
2.49 GHz
2x Vortex
A-Core 2.84 GHz
1x Kryo 485 Prime
1.59 GHz
4x Tempest
B-Core 2.42 GHz
3x Kryo 485 Gold
-- C-Core 1.80 GHz
4x Kryo 485 Silver

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Apple A12 Bionic Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Apple Neural Engine AI hardware Qualcomm AI engine
8 Neural cores @ 5 TOPS AI specifications Hexagon 690 @ 7 TOPS
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The Apple A12 Bionic or Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

Apple A12 GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640
1.13 GHz GPU frequency 0.25 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) 0.59 GHz
9 GPU Generation 5
7 nm Technology 7 nm
1 Max. displays 1
16 Compute units 4
256 Shader 384
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
4 GB Max. GPU Memory 4 GB
-- DirectX Version 12.0

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Apple A12 GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode Codec AVC No
Decode Codec VC-1 No
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG No

Memory & PCIe

The Apple A12 Bionic can use up to 4 GB of memory in 1 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 34.1 GB/s. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 supports up to 16 GB of memory in 4 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 34.1 GB/s.

Apple A12 Bionic Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
LPDDR4X-4266 Memory LPDDR4X-4266
4 GB Max. Memory 16 GB
1 (Single Channel) Memory channels 4 (Quad Channel)
34.1 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 34.1 GB/s
No ECC No
8.00 MB L2 Cache 1.75 MB
-- L3 Cache 2.00 MB
-- PCIe version --
-- PCIe lanes --
-- PCIe Bandwidth --

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the Apple A12 Bionic is 6 W, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has a TDP of --. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

Apple A12 Bionic Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
6 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) --
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Apple A12 Bionic is manufactured in 7 nm and has 8.00 MB cache. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is manufactured in 7 nm and has a 3.75 MB cache.

Apple A12 Bionic Characteristic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
7 nm Technology 7 nm
Chiplet Chip design Chiplet
Armv8-A (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) Armv8-A (64 bit)
-- ISA extensions --
-- Socket --
None Virtualization None
No AES-NI No
iOS Operating systems Android
Q3/2018 Release date Q4/2018
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Apple A12 Bionic (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (70%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
Apple A12 Bionic (94%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (96%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
1116 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
724 (65%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
2731 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
2578 (94%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
1286 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
960 (75%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
2353 (83%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
2819 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Apple A12 @ 1.13 GHz
576 (64%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Qualcomm Adreno 640 @ 0.59 GHz
899 (100%)

AnTuTu 8 Benchmark

The AnTuTu 8 Benchmark measures the performance of a SoC. AnTuTu benchmarks the CPU, GPU, Memory as well as the UX (User Experience) by simulating browser and app usage. AnTuTu can benchmark any ARM CPU that runs under Android or iOS. Devices may not be directly compareable if the benchmark has been performed under different operating systems.

In the AnTuTu 8 benchmark, the single-core performance of a processor is only slightly weighted. The evaluation consists of the multi-core performance of the processor, the speed of the RAM and the performance of the internal graphics.
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
425605 (98%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
432560 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
4846 (100%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
4527 (93%)

AI performance (NPU)

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is given here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher.

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. The performance is given in the number (trillions) of arithmetic operations per second (TOPS).
Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
6C 6T @ 2.49 GHz
5 (71%)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
8C 8T @ 2.84 GHz
7 (100%)

Devices using this processor

Apple A12 Bionic Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Apple iPhone XR
Apple iPhone XS
Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPad mini (5. Gen)
Apple iPad Air (3. Gen)
OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
Sony Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 5
Xiaomi Mi 9
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

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