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First Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 benchmark surfaces

The Snapdragon 845 will power next year's Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: Qualcomm)
The Snapdragon 845 will power next year's Samsung Galaxy S9. (Source: Qualcomm)
Next year's flagship SoC from Qualcomm seems to be a bit better than Apple's A9 chip, but it's still behind the A10 and most likely A11 chips when it comes to single core performance tests.

It seems like the Snapdragon 835 SoC will remain Qualcomm’s flagship for 2017, as the Google Pixel 2 smartphones are unlikely to come with a more powerful SoC. In this case, the Snapdragon 845 will probably end up in next year’s high-end models. The wait could be long, but, thanks to a recent Chinese leak, we can at least get a taste of the power behind the Snapdragon 845. The GeekBench4 results reveal that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 is better than the Apple A9 chip for single core performance. 

The Apple mobile processors are known for their top single core performance, even though the multi-core performance might not be on par with what Qualcomm or Samsung have to offer. For reference, the 2015 A9 chip scores around 2500 points in the GeekBench4 single core test, but the Snapdragon 845 manages to score 2600+ points. Noteworthy here is the fact that the GeekBench4 results are most likely using a prototype for the Snapdragon 845, and the final version could perform even better. How much better? Apple’s A10 Fusion chip from last year scores 3000+ points in single core tests, so maybe at least that much better.

We shouldn’t forget that Apple is launching the iPhone 8 with the new A11 chip that can clearly perform better than its predecessor, so it seems the Snapdragon 845 already has its work cut out in the single core performance department.


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Bogdan Solca, 2017-09-11 (Update: 2017-09-11)