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Processors around the globe are getting better every year and their effect on smartphones is no different, whether you’re looking at Intel’s and AMD’s processors powering the latest computers or just at Qualcomm and Apple, getting ready for the next generation of flagships, we’re sure to see advancements done in all aspects of technology in this battle for performance.

Qualcomm has been the brain behind many high-end high-performance smartphones, with their Snapdragon processors powering Android devices whereas Apple has been the brain behind their own handheld devices.

The next generation of Android phones however are going to be powered by the Qualcomm 820, yet there are still quite a few out there who think that Qualcomm has failed to deliver once again.

This isn’t something new, Apple has been known to have one of the best minds working around the clock to improve their devices and to power them with the ideal processor, after all, such is the benefit of making your entire device yourself, instead of depending on a third party for their processors, Apple has been manufacturing high-end tech which not only outperforms but is also optimized solely for their own devices, giving them an edge that is rarely present in Android devices.

Performance: iOS vs Android

There’s no point arguing that as far as general user satisfaction is concerned, iPhones have been outperforming Android devices since the rivalry began, the reason for Android’s success has purely been due to the relative cheapness of Android devices as well as the far more freedom that Google allows to users of said devices.

Whether it’s the countless applications available on Google Play or the ease with which one is able to root their devices and completely unlock all functionality, Apple will always outperform Android devices for one simple reason, optimization.

With the Snapdragon 820 processor finally being able to stand its own ground in benchmark tests against the Apple A9, we can surely expect Android devices to perform a lot smoother than they did in the past, there’s still a long way to go before they’re able to the catch up with the level of optimization that Apple is known for.

As for raw stats, the Apple A9 has a max clock rate of 1.85 GHz with a six-core GPU whereas the Snapdragon 820 has a maximum clock rate of 2.15 GHz and an Adren 530 GPU, even though on paper, the Snapdragon 820 seems much better than Apple’s A9, only time will tell how the different manufacturers optimize their devices to perform at a competent level, until then, we can only speculate.

The Snapdragon 820 finally gives us the graphic processing power we had hoped to hold, it finally sheds light on the possibility of making smartphones compatible with the next-gen virtual reality technology we’re going to receive this year, only time will tell us what the future holds for us.