You mean the latest ARM Snapdragon CPUs from Qualcomm typically used in Android phones and tablets?

These are to my knowedge far behind. I don't think anybody even really discuss them in this context. M1 is in the same league as high performance desktop chips from Intel and AMD.

Qualcomm chips are not really desktop class chips. The problem for Qualcomm was that it did not make economic sense for them to make as powerful chips as Apple. Apple could afford making more expensive and powerful chips as they really only cover the premium market and they had a long term plan to use their ARM chips in desktops and laptops.

Qualcomm did not have that as a realistic goal. Since they don't build computers they did not have a roadmap which could guide their investment in powerful chips.

Even Google don't seem to have that much faith in Qualcomm and their ability to deliver high performance chips as they have started making their own ARM chips to use in their Android products.

The only way Qualcomm has managed to retrain the appearance of competing with Apple has been by throwing in lots of cores. That can give you okay numbers on synthetic benchmarks but doesn't help much on real world workloads.

On a mobile phone a few strong cores like what Apple does is going to give you better performance.

Qualcomm has gone with lots of weak cores instead. But if software is not sufficiently multithreaded these extra cores don't give much speed boost.

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