Qualcomm has provided information about the Qualcomm 888 processor, and they show mediocre performance compared to the iPhone 12, and even lose to older iPhones running the A13.
Qualcomm 888 processor is not as fast as A14
Qualcomm announces its new processors each year in mid-December to anticipate the arrival of products at CES. In 2020, the announcements were made online and the company provided baseline data.
The Snapdragon 888 performed well compared to the current line of Android devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. But it didn’t outperform Apple’s latest iPhones. Even the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE lineup running the A13 processor outperformed the new Qualcomm processor.
Qualcomm is using some powerful new technologies in its Snapdragon 888, making it a very competitive processor. It uses the Cortex-X1 as part of a similar large-small design that the A14 implements. The new SoC also includes the Adreno 660 GPU, which is expected to perform 35% better than previous GPUs.
Anandtech received the benchmark data from Qualcomm and compared it to known scores for other products. The first is Geekbench 5, the well-known CPU benchmarking tool that provides scores for single-core and multi-core operation.
The single-core score increases year-over-year, this year by roughly 23.5%, from 919 to 1135. This means that it is below the iPhone 11 Pro running the A13, which scored 1,331. The multi-core score improved by 16.9% to achieve a score of 3,794, which beats the A13 processor’s score of 3,366, but is nowhere near the A14’s score of 4,187.
The GPU benchmark shows even less promising results. Using the results from GFXBench, Anandtech presented the graphical scores of various products against the new Snapdragon 888.
Scores are reported in maximum frames per second, and the Snapdragon 888 easily outperformed all current Android flagships by up to 55%. This could be an anomaly, but it is what Qualcomm reported, which previously suggested that the graphical improvements would be around 35%.
Compared to the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 11 line, it didn’t fare as well. It can be assumed that since these are maximum results during testing, the Snapdragon may perform differently under prolonged load. But those tests will have to wait until the reviewers get their hands on devices running the processor.
Qualcomm released other results like AI benchmarks, but those are not comparable to iPhone processors. Apple has powerful neural engines in its A-series chips, not to mention its M1 processor, but those haven’t been properly compared for comparison.