A13 Bionic's GPU vs Adreno 650

The Adreno 650 and Apple A13 Bionic's GPUs are two flagship GPUs that launched in Q4 2019. Both the GPUs are exceptionally powerful and can run the most graphically intensive mobile applications and games with ease.

But if you're looking for something that offers the best performance, you've arrived at the right place to compare the two.

The A13 Bionic's GPU is found in Apple's iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and iPhone SE 2020. While Adreno 650 is paired with some of the best Android flagship devices of 2020 that feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 and 865+ SOC.

So, without any further ado, let's jump right into the benchmark scores.

Performance Review

Centurion Mark

Centurion Mark represents the overall performance of this GPU. This score is based on real-world gaming performance of the GPU.

A13 Bionic's GPU 126.1
Adreno 650 122.3

Synthetic Benchmarks

Synthetic benchmarks measure the compute performance and the 3D rendering capabilities of a GPU.

Antutu GPU Score

Adreno 650 246132
A13 Bionic's GPU 205612

In real-world gaming performance, both the chips are absolute beasts and top our GPU charts. Although A13's GPU has a slight edge, most people won't be able to notice any difference when gaming on these devices side by side.

However, most Android flagships have high refresh rate displays and that will give Adreno 650 an edge in games that support Higher Refresh Rates; since the iPhones powered by this chip are limited by their 60 Hz Displays.

On Antutu Benchmark's GPU test, Adreno 650 seems to have a good edge which indicates that it could be a better choice for non-gaming 3D applications but that again will depend from application to application. Antutu does not give any indication of the performance in a real-world application.

We couldn't include the Geekbench test here as Apple only supports their proprietary Metal which can't be compared against the OpenCL and Vulkan Benchmarks on non-Apple chips.

Specification

Apple Qualcomm
Name
Apple LogoA13 Bionic's GPU
Qualcomm LogoAdreno 650
GPU Designer
Apple
Qualcomm
GPU Compute Units 4 CU 3 CU
Max Frequency - 645 MHz
Max Resolution - 4K
HDR Support HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision
API Support OpenGL ES 3.1, Metal OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 FP, Vulkan 1.1, DirectX 12
Video Playback H.264, H.265, VP8 and VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8 and VP9
Integrated in SOCs
A13 Bionic
Snapdragon 865+
Snapdragon 865
Snapdragon 870

Unfortunately, Apple doesn't reveal the full specification of their SOCs so we only have limited parameters to compare them.

A13 has 4 Compute Units compared to the 3 Compute Units of Adreno 650 but we can't directly compare that either as the two Graphics Processors are based on two completely different architectures with different IPCs (Instructions Per Clock).

Both the chips support HDR including Dolby Vision and the major Video Playback Codecs including H.265 and VP9.

The Qualcomm chip supports OpenCL, Vulkan, and DirectX 12 in addition to OpenGL while Apple only supports OpenGL and their proprietary Metal API.

Can it Run these Games?

Game A13 Bionic's GPU Adreno 650
fortnite
pubg_mobile
subway_surfers
clash_of_clans
asphalt_9
free_fire
asphalt_8
cod_mobile

In all the games that we tested, both the SOCs performed exceptionally well and it was undoubtedly one of the best mobile gaming experiences.

If you like to play graphically intensive games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Asphalt 9, or Call of Duty Mobile, you can't go wrong with either of them.

Though the iPhone 11 running A13 chip delivered better average FPS and frame time, the difference was not noticeable at all. Hence, there's only a slight difference in their Centurion Mark.

Similarly, the performance in less-intensive games like Clash of Clans and Subway Surfers was exceptional as it should be. 

In short, you can't go wrong with either of them when it comes to gaming.

Smartphones with A13 Bionic's GPU and Adreno 650

A13 Bionic's GPU Adreno 650
Apple iPhone 11
OnePlus 8 Pro
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
OnePlus 8
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
OnePlus 8T
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Asus ROG Phone 3
-
Motorola Edge+
-
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro
-
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
-
Asus Zenfone 7
-
Xiaomi Mi 10
-
Realme X50 Pro
-
Sony Xperia Pro
-
Lenovo Legion Pro
-
Realme V5 Pro
-
Xiaomi Redmi K30s
-
Xiaomi Mi 10T

The only smartphones in which you can find either of these chips are the flagship products with the exception of the Apple iPhone SE 2020 that features an underclocked A13. The entire iPhone 11 lineup comes up with the same chipset.

When it comes to Qualcomm's GPU, you can find it in the OnePlus 8 lineup, Asus ROG Phone 3, Zenfone 7, Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro, Mi 10 Ultra, Poco F2 Pro, Galaxy Note 20, and S20 Series (Snapdragon variant) and dozens of other high-end smartphones.

Which one is Better?

A13 Bionic's GPU is winner against Adreno 650

As the performance difference on either of these two GPUs cannot be easily perceived in real-world gaming, the choice boils down to the fact that whether you prefer Android or iOS. Both have pros. and cons. of their own and you should go with the one you're comfortable with.

In our testing, we were equally impressed by the two, but we declare A13 the winner due to its lead in real-world gaming performance. You're going to have an excellent gaming experience no matter which of the two you choose but make sure to watch the gaming review of the individual phones just to be certain of the same.