Each year, Qualcomm introduces a flagship SoC that nearly all major Android OEMs use for their top-of-the-line smartphones. Similarly, the Apple iPhone launched every year come with a brand-new chipset alongside the smartphones’ themselves.
At its September 12 event, Apple will unveil its A12 SoC for the 2018 iPhone line-up. Obviously, Qualcomm’s been working at its own flagship chipset as well, most likely to be called Snapdragon 855. We know that both are going to be more powerful than their respective predecessors, but how do they stack against each other?
Well, it seems that Qualcomm’s upcoming beast is only as good as Apple’s last year’s top-dog.
An unknown Qualcomm SoC – codenamed ‘msmnile’ – was recently spotted on benchmarking portal Geekbench, as mentioned by a GSMArena report. Most probably the Snapdragon 855, the chipset got a single-core score of 3,697 and a multi-core score of 10,469. While the latter is comparable to Apple A11 Bionic’s multi-core performance, the former still falls behind the 4,311 scored by Apple’s 2017 flagship SoC.
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If these scores are truly those of the Snapdragon 855, it’s clear that the upcoming A12, which is obviously going to be faster than the A11, will leave Qualcomm’s newest chipset biting the dust.
Apple has collaborated with long-time partner TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) for the A12, which will be based on the 7nm fabrication process.