Snapdragon 865 vs Apple A13 Bionic vs Kirin 990 vs Exynos 990 vs MediaTek Dimensity 1000

As you know Qualcomm recently at its annual Tech summit in Hawaiintroduced the Snapdragon 865 chipset along with discreet X55 5G modem. The chipmaker’s new crown jewel is all set to become the buzz word of 2020 as top Android smartphone brands are lining up to introduce in their upcoming flagships. The new SoC boasts a noticeable gain over the older Snapdragon 855/855+ chips with new features like LPDDR5 RAM support, ISP that could handle 200MP sensors, 8K230fps, endless 720@960fps slow-motion capture, and lot more. 

Now that the Snapdragon 865 details are out, its that time of the year when most of us try to compare Qualcomm’s best Snapdragon SoC with latest chipsets from the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and MediaTek. So, the obvious question we like to ask is – which one’s better?

Let’s try and find that answer in this comparison down below. Let’s cut to the chase and see the clash of chipsets.

Snapdragon 865 vs Apple A13 Bionic vs Kirin 990 vs Exynos 990 vs MediaTek Dimensity 1000

Models

Snapdragon 865

Apple A13 Bionic

Kirin 990

Exynos 990

Mediatek Dimensity 1000

Core
Architecture

Octa-core

1x 2.84GHz Kryo 885 (Cortex A77)
3x 2.42GHz (Cortex A77)

4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A55/Efficiency cores)

Hexa-core
2x 2.65GHz (Lightning /Performance)

4x 1.8GHz (Thunder/ Efficiency)

Octa-core

2 x 2.86GHz (Cortex A76)
2x 2.36GHz (Cortex A76)

4x 1.95GHz (Cortex A55)

Octa-core

2x Exynos M5 (20-percent performance boost)

2x Cortex A76

4x Cortex A55
Octa-core

4x Cortex A77 at 2.6GHz;

4x Cortex A55 at 2.0GHz

Fabrication Process

7nm

7nm+

7NM+

7nm

7nm

GPU

Adreno 650  @587MHz

Custom quad-core

Mali-G76 MP16, @700MHz

Mali-G77 MP11

Mali-G77 MC9

Supported RAM (up to)

LPDDR5@ 2750MHz

LPDDR4X

LPDDR4-4266

LPDDR5 @ 2750MHz

4x 16b LPDDR4x

Modem

Qualcomm X55 5G Modem Discreet


7.5 Gbps Peak Download; 3 Gbps Peak Upload

Intel’s XMM 7660 LTE Modem

1.6Gbps Peak Download

225Mbps Peak Upload

Integrated Balong 5G

up to 2.3 Gbps download

1.25 Gbps upload

Exynos 5123 Discrete

Integrated 5G Sub-6 DL = 4600Mbps; UL = 2500Mbps

WiFi-6 ready

Yes

Yes

NA

NA

Yes

ISP

Spectra 480;

Up to 200 MP

Custom-designed Image Processor; Computational photography 

ISP 5.0

Block-matching and 3D filtering for noise reduction

Single: up to 108MP

Dual:up to 24.8MP

80MP/ 32MP + 16MP

5-core ISP

AI

Hexagon 698 15 TOPs

octa-core Neural Engine

2 + 1 Da Vinci

Dual NPU + DSP >10 TOPs

APU 3.0 + 4.5 TOPS performance

Video

8K HDR @30fps


4K HDR @120fps


720p@960fps

4K HDR @60fps

1080p@240fps
2160p@30/60fps

1080p@960fps


720p@7680fps

8K HDR at 30fps

4K HDR at 120fps

4K60 with multi-exposure


Apart from Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset and Kirin 990 others are yet to become available in retail market. Therefore, here we have to bank on whatever available in public. Let’s start with the iPhone 11 series launch event where Apple bragged the A13 Bionic to be the one with the world’s fastest CPU and GPU.

Apple A13 Bionic CPU performance vs its Android counterparts.

The on-stage presentation highlighted a huge gap between its A13 Bionic and the competition. Apple’s presentation claimed the A13 to be about 50% better than the Snapdragon 855 SoC and roughly around 35% better than the 855+ edition.

Apple compares its A13 Bionic GPU performance with its Android counterparts.

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Although Qualcomm cites a 25% gain over SD855 on both performance and power efficiency fronts, it’s still bested by A13.

Well, if Geekbench scores of A13 Bionic, Kirin 990 and so-called Snapdragon 865 (posted by IceUniverse) are anything to go by the Apple’s chip seems superior in single-core performance while the multi-core performance is almost neck-to-neck.

A13 Bionic Geekbench Score

Alleged Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 Geekbench score. Source: Ice Universe.
Krin 990 based Huawei Mate 30 Pro Geekbench score.

From the looks of it, Apple still does better in CPU and GPU scores. But, it’s too early to comment on the real-world performance for obvious reasons. Once phones running on Snapdragon 865 hits the market, we could compare them with the Apple handsets.

ALSO READ: Snapdragon 865 does not have an integrated 5G modem: Here’s why

Furthermore, the competition, especially Qualcomm seems to have plunged ahead in areas like video capabilities, imaging, LPDDR5 RAM and 5G support. Agreed, we still have time until the mainstream expansion of 5G, but a little bit of future-proofing is good to have.

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