Ever since the advent of Apple’s Bionic chips, Android has not had a solid answer to the speed and processing power of the iPhone. When looking at CPU performance it was Huawei and its Kirin CPUs that came the closest to challenging Apple. On the GPU front, Snapdragon put up quite the effort with Adreno and even started bringing overclocked versions of its chipsets in an effort to close the performance gap to Apple with absolutely no luck.
That has all changed with their latest silicon branded the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and it’s definitely pulling out the big guns. In some tests done against the A16 bionic that’s in the iPhone 14s, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 had higher GPU scores.
Looking at the data posted by Golden Reviewer, in the GFXBenchmark running the 1080p offscreen test, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 GPU was 12.5% faster than the one in the A16 bionic chipset. Snapdragon is achieving this whilst consuming 12% less power than the A16 bionic. So not only is Snapdragon’s GPU faster than Apple’s but it’s also more power efficient.
In 3Dmark’s Wildlife Extreme benchmark, the Adreno 740 GPU in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 performed 9.2% better than the 5-core GPU in the A16 bionic but this time power efficiency was quite close between the 2 at just a 1.3% difference in favor of Snapdragon.
Then in the GFXBenchmark running the 1440p offscreen Vulkan/Metal test, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 extends its lead here at 23% better performance than Apple’s A16. Power efficiency during this test is also 2.6% better in favor of Snapdragon.
So the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has one very powerful GPU and has comfortably dethroned Apple. What I did not expect was that Mediatek would also push Apple to the 3rd spot. The Mediatek Dimensity 9200 GPU, a Mali-G715 MC11 outperformed the A16 bionic in all three tests. Yes, it did so by sheer brute force. After all, it’s the most power-hungry chipset of the 3 by a good margin. So smartphones that will come using the Mediatek Dimensity 9200 will definitely have a solid GPU but at the expense of battery life.
These are just GPU benchmarks. Apple’s A16 is still performing better than Snapdragon’s 8 Gen 2 when it comes to CPU benchmarks. According to benchmarks run by Phone Arena, Apple has a 26.5% lead in single-core performance and a 4.8% lead in multi-core performance vs Snapdragon.
On single core performance, nothing much has changed seeing the gap dropped from 35% in the A15 vs 8 Gen 1 to 26.5% in the A16 vs 8 Gen 2 in favor of Apple. However, in the multi-core tests, the gap in performance dropped significantly from 26% between the A15 and the 8 Gen 1 to 4.8% on the A16 vs 8 Gen 2 in favor of Apple.
Gone are the days of Apple chipsets being a generation ahead of everyone else on performance. Android has caught up in a very big way and this is even before we see what the overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 rumored to come in the Galaxy S23 will deliver.