The best Androids of 2023 will be slower than the iPhone 14 Pro

Launched earlier this week, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 represents what Qualcomm currently knows how to do best on the high end. However, it would remain far behind the Apple A16 Bionic chip in the benchmarks.

No offense to Qualcomm, the Apple A16 Bionic chip would be more efficient than the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 // Source: Qualcomm

The brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 embarrassed against the Apple A16 Bionic in the benchmarks? This is what seems to be taking shape. Presented this week in HawaiiQualcomm’s new high-end chip won’t hit smartphones until later this year, but it’s already been flashed on GeekBench through an unreleased Android device.

And in this case, the scores emanating from this first benchmark do not necessarily reach the expected peaks… especially when we compare these first performance indices to the scores recorded on the same tool by the chip. A16 Bionic of Apple, exploited since September on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.

A Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that relied too much on AI?

What we remember are quite evocative figures… but which will of course deserve to be confirmed or invalidated when the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be available on a large scale. On GeekBench, Qualcomm’s new high-end SoC thus recorded a first score of 1483 points in single-core and 4709 points in multi-core index. For comparison, the Apple A16 Bionic, its main competitor, rose for its part to 1874 points in single-core and 5372 points in multi-core on the same utility.

The mass therefore seems to be said, but there is even more concern for Qualcomm. As pointed out MacRumorseven the A15 Bionic chip, launched in 2021 on the iPhone 13 and reused this year on the “classic” iPhone 14, shows better scores on GeekBench with 1709 points recorded in single-core calculation.

Source: Apple

Note that this year, Qualcomm has focused much of its communication on the greatly improved performance of its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the field of AI. If these first scores are confirmed, the American giant may have bet too much on artificial intelligence to the detriment of the raw performance of its new chip. Only time will tell. Qualcomm has nevertheless announced a 35% jump in CPU performance and 25% in graphics performance for its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

The apple brand was already rubbing its hands when announcing its A16 Bionic last September. Quite arrogant vis-Ă -vis Apple’s competitors, Greg Joswiak (Senior VP of Marketing at Apple) declared for example at the start of the school year that “the competition is still striving to catch up with the performance of the A13, which was first introduced with the iPhone 11 three years ago“. The first results observed on Geekbench could, at least in part, prove him right.


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