Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 vs A16 Bionic: Here’s the key specs’ comparison

October 23, 2023

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Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 vs A16 Bionic is a comparison we’re all expecting. Both powerful chipsets going head to head: Qualcomm is getting deeper in its venture into the AI race, while Apple has already even introduced the A17 Bionic not too long ago.

Rumors of which upcoming Android devices will be powered by Gen 3 are still pretty much up in the air, but from the leaked documents that we obtained, it seems like we’re in for a good run. 

The tech maker boasts that Gen 3 will be adopted by a lot of brands, including ASUS, Honor, iQOO, MEIZU, NIO, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, Redmi, RedMagic, Sony, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE.

On the other hand, Apple is — as expected — keeping its A16 Bionic exclusive to the 14 Pro and its Pro Max version, as well as 15 and 15 Plus.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 vs A16 Bionic: Key comparison

Which one of these chips holds up better? That’s the burning question we have. Without further ado, here’s a key comparison between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 vs A16 Bionic from Apple. 

Model Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, 64-bit Apple A16 Bionic, 64-bit
Clock rate Up to 3.3 Ghz Up to 3.46 GHz
GPU Adreno GPU with ray tracing support Apple-designed 5- core GPU, no ray tracing support
Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3
CPU Cores 1 Prime core, up to 3.3 GHz, 5 Performance cores, up to 3.2 GHz, 2 Efficiency cores, up to 2.3 GHz 6 cores,  (4 @2.02 efficiency, 2 @3.46 performance)
Transistors count 16 billion, 4 nm 16 billion, 4 nm
Memory LP-DDR5x @ 4800 MHz, max. 24 GB LPDDR5 @ 3200 HMz, max. 6 GB

Also, remember how Apple has a closed ecosystem that lets its devices, like iPhones, Mac desktops, and iPads share files easily? Snapdragon will also have a similar experience.

It’s called Snapdragon Seamless. And, as first reported by Windows Report, there’ll be so many cross-platform device experiences and it’s definitely one to watch out for. 

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