Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 isn’t as fast as Apple’s A14

Qualcomm’s latest chip launch intended for future Android smartphones may be powerful enough to be an improvement, but it’s seemingly not offering the same performance as Apple’s A14 SoC.
The Snapdragon 888 system-on-chip is Qualcomm’s newest release, revealed at the start of December and expected to arrive in new Android smartphones starting in early 2021. Made from a 5nm process, the chip includes a variety of architectural advances including the Kyro 680 CPU, which offers 15% higher performance than previous generations, and the Adreno 660 GPU with 35% faster graphics rendering.The chip, which includes the 6th-generation Qualcomm AI Engine with the Hexagon 780 processor, has yet to be provided to third-parties for testing of Qualcomm’s performance claims, but the company has issued benchmark scores for the SoC which it has performed in-house. While many of the benchmarks can be compared to other ARM chips used in Android devices, some of the testing was performed on platforms that can measure the performance of devices like the iPhone.

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