Early Snapdragon 875 Benchmark Score Fails To Overtake A13 Bionic

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We will be having a Snapdragon Tech Summit Virtual Event somewhere in December. But before that, early Snapdragon 875 benchmark scores have surfaced, and it does not look good.

For the unaware, the Snapdragon 875 chipset will be the company's first 5nm chipset. However, early impressions from a leak by famous leaker Digital Chat Station reveal that numbers are not good enough even to beat last year's A13 Bionic chip.

One thing here to note is that this test is running on the Qualcomm's new chipset engineering sample. Moreover, the benchmark app used is Geekbench 4, because Geekbench 5 was not available to run on the available device.

Apparently, the above reason makes it difficult to compare the Snapdragon 875 chip with the A14 Bionic chip. Though the A13 Bionic chip was used for this testing.

As per numbers showcased in a tweet by Digital Chat Station, the Snapdragon 875 failed to beat Apple's A13 chip from last year in single-core test results.

Besides, it barely beat the A13 Bionic chip in multi-core test results. This is a shame as Qualcomm Snapdragon is always touted to be the best chipsets on a smartphone. But the reality is different.

Engineering sample of Snapdragon 875 was used in the test, which may require several optimizations

One reason the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 875, was unable to beat last year's A13 Bionic chip would be as it was an engineering sample.

And engineering sample chips require a significant amount of optimizations before they are readily used in smartphones. So, these are pretty early stages to arrive at a conclusion. Here are the numbers that should make things more clear.

  • Snapdragon 875
    – Single-core – 4,900+
    – Multi-core – 14,000+
  • Snapdragon 865
    – Single-core – 4,300+
    – Multi-core – 13,000+
  • A13 Bionic
    – Single-core – 5472
    – Multi-core – 13769

For comparison's sake, the Geekbench scores for Snapdragon 865 have also been included. As mentioned earlier, due to being engineering samples, these test results are too early to call-off Snapdragon 875 performance.

It would be more clearer when the Snapdragon 875 chipset comes on a commercial smartphone. Then it would be fair to compare it with Apple's A14 Bionic chipset.

We are just a few days away from the official reveal of the Apple iPhone 12 series which will pack the A14 Bionic chipset. And to see the Snapdragon 875 in action we will have to wait for 2021.

Whatever the case may be, an early sign indicates that Snapdragon has a mountain to climb in order to beat the upcoming A14 Bionic chipset from Apple.

All we can do is hope that Qualcomm does some better optimizations and tweaking before making it available to be used on smartphones so that the SD 875 is at par with A14 Bionic. And avoids being fallen face first in benchmark tests.