One thing you can always count on in the battle for value for money devices is that chip makers will tout the breakthrough performance of their latest CPU. Earlier this week, Qualcomm unveiled its new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, and the company, of course, touts performance improvements of up to 35 percent over its predecessor, the Snapdragon Gen 1.
While iPhone users probably wouldn’t care about a chip that’s for Android phones, it’s interesting to see how it compares to Apple silicon in the real world. According to DealNTech, Geekbench 5 scores for Qualcomm’s latest chip have already been posted, and Apple’s A16 Bionic is faster, by a wide margin. In single-core performance, the A16 Bionic is 28 percent faster, and in multi-core testing, the A16 Bionic is 14 percent faster.
In fact, Apple’s older chips, the A15 Bionic and A14 Bionic, are also faster than the Snapdragon Gen 2 in single-core performance, which is arguably more important on a phone. The new Snapdragon chip slightly outperforms the A15 Bionic and A14 Bionic in multi-core testing, but still comes very close.
While Qualcomm’s press release states that the Snapdragon Gen 2 will “revolutionize flagship smartphones for truly extraordinary experiences,” there are no direct references to the iPhone or Apple’s A-series processors. So to be fair, Qualcomm’s claims are probably made in the context of Android phones, and as PCWorld points out, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 brings interesting features like ray tracing and a new AI Sensing Hub, and will “probably give you next Android smartphone.”
Well, okay, no your Android phone, because this is Macworld and you’ve probably been a dedicated iPhone user for a long time and you don’t have an Android phone. You just need to sit back and enjoy the benefits of the fastest CPU from each mobile phone.