Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus vs SD888 Benchmarks – Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro vs 6R

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The Red Magic 6S Pro was announced earlier this week and is the second phone to be announced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+, it will also likely be available to buy before the Asus.

With a launch price of £519, you are only paying a tenner more than the existing Red Magic 6 Pro.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ vs Snapdragon 888 Specification

Snapdragon 888Snapdragon 888 Plus
CPU Cores1 x 2.84GHz Cortex X11 x 2.995GHz Cortex X1
3 x 2.42GHz Cortex A783 x 2.42GHz Cortex A78
4 x 1.80GHz Cortex A554 x 1.80GHz Cortex A55
GPUAdreno 660Adreno 660
AI EngineHexagon 780Hexagon 780
26 TOPS32 TOPS
5G ModemSnapdragon X60 (Integrated)Snapdragon X60 (Integrated)
ConnectivityFastConnect 6900FastConnect 6900
Wi-Fi 6EWi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.2
DisplayQHD+ at 144HzQHD+ at 144Hz
MemoryLPDDR5 up to 3200MHzLPDDR5 up to 3200MHz
ISP14-bit Spectra 58014-bit Spectra 580
Node5nm5nm

The specification isn’t really that different from the existing Snapdragon 888. You have a 5.5% increase on the Cortex X1 frequencies, and that’s about it.

Qualcomm state the SD888+ has 20% more performance for AI tasks than the SD888, but it uses the same Hexagon 780 AI engine. How much difference this will make

Benchmarks

Antutu v9

  • Red Magic 6s Pro with Snapdragon 888+ : 870879
  • Red Magic 6R with Snapdragon 888 : 826600

Antutu is the benchmark that shows the biggest difference, albeit still quite small. The benchmark score increased 5.3%

Geekbench

  • Red Magic 6s Pro with Snapdragon 888+ : 1190 / 3698
  • Red Magic 6R with Snapdragon 888 : 1189/3333

Geekbench is an odd result, the single-core result is identical, but the multi-core has gone up by 10.95%. Based on the specification, I’d have expected a small increase on the single-core, and that increase to be reflected with a smaller percentage gain for the multi-core.

3DMark Wild Life & Stress Test

  • Red Magic 6S Pro with Snapdragon 888+ : : 5856 high, 5806 low, 99.1% stability
  • Red Magic 6R with Snapdragon 888 : 5872 high, 5557 low, 94.6% stability

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is extraordinarily powerful, but with most phones, it suffers from thermal throttling quite badly when you run stress mark bench tests such as 3DMark Wild Life. The Red Magic 6R was the first SD888 phone I have used this year that doesn’t have this issue.

By the looks of things, Red Magic achieved this by allowing the chipset to run hotter for longer, with a peak temperature of 59-degrees, whereas other phones such as the OnePlus 9 Pro peaked at 41-degrees. A side effect to this was that the OnePlus would drop about 10% in the battery while the Red Magic 6R would eat up around 18% battery as it kept the phone going full throttle for the entire test.

The Red Magic 6S Pro has a built-in fan that runs while gaming or benchmarking, so the overall stability is improved further, with 99.1% and a peak temperature of 51-degrees. However, the actual benchmark results are effectively the same, my result shows the 6s Pro scoring less than the 6R, but this is such a small difference I’d just class it as the same.

PCMark

  • Red Magic 6s Pro with Snapdragon 888+ :13189
  • Red Magic 6R with Snapdragon 888 : 13954

PCMark is another benchmark that I find doesn’t give the most accurate representation of chipset performance. This is because it is dependant on how the device chooses to clock the chipset. In this case, the SD888+ score is lower, but looking at the monitoring data for the two phones, it looks like the Red Magic 6R keeps the CPU clock frequencies stuck at around 1.2GHz for a large portion 6S Pro keeps the frequencies low for most of the test.

Androbench Storage Benchmark

  • Red Magic 6s Pro with Snapdragon 888+ :1553 MB/s Read, 1024 MB/s write, 223 MB/s random read, 250MB/s random write
  • Red Magic 6R with Snapdragon 888 : 1450 MB/s Read, 659 MB/s write, 132 MB/s random read, 336MB/s random write

Storage benchmarks shouldn’t be influenced by the chipset too much, but there are differences between the two phones that are worth highlighting. The new Red Magic 6s Pro has improved the storage speeds a moderate amount, for both sequential read and writing but also random reads.

AI Benchmarks

  • Red Magic 6s Pro with Snapdragon 888+ : 870879
  • Red Magic 6R with Snapdragon 888 : 826600

There is one AI benchmarking app on the Play Store. However, much like PCMark, the score you get can vary wildly based on device or if a particularly chipset performs well for a specific element of the benchmark.

Looking at the official results, the Red Magic 6 Pro scores 133.9K, but the Red Magic 6R I used scores 200K and the Red Magic 6s Pro. So I would take these results with a pinch of salt.

Overall

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus doesn’t really offer much of an upgrade in terms of specifications, and this is reflected with the benchmarks.

The phone I was supplied was running an early version of the RedMagic OS, so it is quite likely that some of the benchmarks and overall day to day performance will improve slightly with more mature software.

The claimed 20% AI improvement is harder to test, and it is difficult to quantify how much of an impact this will have on real life usage.

As far as the Red Magic 6s Pro goes, the price difference between it and the Red Magic 6 Pro is so small you may as well opt for the new model, even if the performance gains are minimal.

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