First benchmarks: top chip Snapdragon 888 loses against Apple's A14
At the beginning of December, the new Snapdragon 888 top chip from Qualcomm is now available for the first time. Despite performance improvements compared to the Snapdragon 865, the processor does not seem to compete with the Apple A13 and A14 chips.
The hardware experts from AnandTech first reported on the benchmark results. The Snapdragon 888 achieved a single-core value of 1,135 and a multi-core value of 3,794 in the Geekbench 5 benchmark. For comparison: The iPhone 12 Pro with the Apple A14 chip landed here at 1,603 and 4,187 points, respectively, and clearly beats the Snapdragon 888.
Even the iPhone 11 Pro, which is now more than a year old, with the Apple A13 comes in ahead of the Snapdragon 888 with 1,331 and 3,366 points, at least in the single core area.
The performance in continuous operation is also important
The results in the GFXBench graphics benchmark look similar. Here the Snapdragon 888 achieved a total of 86 fps and thus still falls behind the iPhone SE, the iPhone 11 series and the iPhone 12 series.
However, AnandTech notes a crucial point in these benchmark results: The data on energy consumption and sustainable performance of the Snapdragon 888 are not yet available. If the Qualcomm chip were to manage to deliver high performance not only under maximum load, but also in normal mode without throttling, it could still win back Apple's performance crown.
The Snapdragon 888 should be installed in numerous Android flagships in 2021.