It was just recently that Qualcomm unveiled their next flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 865. This is meant to be the company’s most powerful chipset to date where we’re hearing a lot about what it could be doing for Android phones come 2020, but recent benchmarks suggests that it might still lag a teensy bit behind Apple’s 2019 A13 Bionic chipset.
This is according to a recent Geekbench 5 test that the folks at HotHardware ran the chipset on where based on the results, it seems that the Snapdragon 865 is trailing behind ever so slightly the A13 Bionic. The difference is marginal and honestly, we doubt that in day-to-day use, it would be noticeable, if at all.
Now, before our readers get up in arms over this comparison, we should note that Geekbench only tests the CPU cores of the chipset. Also, HotHardware got an early preview of the chipset and it is possible that with additional tweaks and improvements, the final version could very well pull ahead of the A13 Bionic.
It’s not all bad though as it does show that the Snapdragon 865 does perform much better compared to its predecessor. Also, further testing on AnTuTu reveals huge gains over the Snapdragon 855, where Android Authority found that Snapdragon 865 scored a whopping 540,000. This is versus the Snapdragon 855 which score 420,000. It also beat out the A13 bionic which scored 506,000.
That being said, benchmarks don’t always tell the whole story as there are many factors that are taken into consideration into what makes a phone good, so this is just one aspect of it. Hopefully once we start seeing more Snapdragon 865 phones in 2020, we’ll be able to get a better idea of how well it really handles.