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First benchmarks: This is how fast the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is

More power with less power. Qualcomm presented the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 at this year's Snapdragon Tech Summit, its new high-end SoC for smartphones and tablets. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is Qualcomm's first chipset manufactured on a 4 nm process and relies on a completely redesigned GPU from the Adreno 700 series. Still, the youngest dragon does not show improvements in all areas.
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As part of its Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm presented the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, its new premier SoC for Android-based smartphones and tablets, among other things. The system on a chip (SoC) is Qualcomm's first manufactured on a 4 nm process and is also based on ARM's v9 architecture. Above all, these changes promise higher efficiency compared to the Snapdragon 888. However, since the processor's clock speeds have hardly changed between generations, you should expect only minor speed advantages in this area. The situation is different with the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) though, the architecture of which has been fundamentally revised. The Snapdragon 8 Gen is the first SoC with an Adreno GPU from the new 700 series, as well.

Qualcomm has also extensively improved image processors on which a smartphone's cameras rely. Qualcomm's image processors now work at 18-bits, for reference. Additionally, Qualcomm has integrated another energy-saving Image Signal Processor (ISP) within its sensing hub. This is now permanently active too, and opening up new possibilities in the process. Also, Qualcomm has equipped the Hexagon chipset with a tensor unit that is twice as large as it was previously, which offers four times the performance for machine learning and AI algorithms compared to the one in the Snapdragon 888.

While Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered devices are yet to hit the shelves, we were able to carry out initial benchmarks with a reference design at Qualcomm's on-site summit. The reference design has a Full HD+ display (AMOLED) with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, along with 512 GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage.

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Specifications

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Snapdragon 888+ Snapdragon 888
Architecture 4 nm (Samsung EUV), ARMv9-based 5 nm (Samsung EUV), ARMv8.4A-based 5 nm (Samsung EUV), ARMv8.4A-based
CPU 1x Cortex X2 (up to 3.0 GHz)
3x Cortex A710 (up to 2.5 GHz)
4x Cortex A510 (up to 1.8 GHz)
1x Cortex X1 (up to 3.0 GHz)
3x Cortex A78 (up to 2.42 GHz)
4x Cortex A55 (up to 1.8 GHz)
1x Cortex X1 (up to 2.84 GHz)
3x Cortex A78 (up to 2.42 GHz)
4x Cortex A55 (up to 1.8 GHz)
GPU Adreno 730 Adreno 660 Adreno 660
5G modem Snapdragon X65
Download: up to 10.0 GBit/s
Upload: up to 3 GBit/s
Snapdragon X60
Download: up to 7.5 GBit/s
Upload: up to 3 GBit/s
Snapdragon X60
Download: up to 7.5 GBit/s
Upload: up to 3 GBit/s
ISP Triple 18-bit
Always-On ISP in the sensor hub
Triple 14-bit Triple 14-bt

Benchmarks - Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with a strong plus for GPU and AI

The central processor unit of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is manufactured in a more modern manufacturing process and is based on the current Cortex designs from ARM. Qualcomm divides the central processing unit into three clusters, but each cluster hardly offers improved clock speeds compared to the Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 888+.

While the prime core works unchanged at 3.0 GHz compared to the Snapdragon 888+, the frequencies of the three performance cores (Cortex A710) have been increased slightly to 2.5 GHz. By contrast, the equivalent cores in the Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 888+ work at 2.42 GHz. The four energy-saving cores (Cortex A510) work again at up to 1.8 GHz each.

Correspondingly, the performance increase in Geekbench is low. Single-core performance increases by around 10 per cent, but it does not come close to the iPhone 13 Pro with Apple's A15 Bionic SoC. In Geekbench's multi-core test, the increase was even slightly lower compared to the Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 888+.

The situation is different in the AnTuTu 9, which also only achieves an improvement of 10 per cent in the CPU benchmark. However, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is 7 per cent faster than the iPhone 13 Pro in this benchmark.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
1749 Points ∼100%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
1237 Points ∼71%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
1170 Points ∼67%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
1156 Points ∼66%
Xiaomi Mix 4
1129 Points ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
1106 Points ∼63%
Google Pixel 6
1041 Points ∼60%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
4829 Points ∼100%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
3839 Points ∼79%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
3668 Points ∼76%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
3644 Points ∼75%
Xiaomi Mix 4
3613 Points ∼75%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
3583 Points ∼74%
Google Pixel 6
2805 Points ∼58%
Antutu v9 - CPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
228047 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
213550 Points ∼94%
Xiaomi Mix 4
208053 Points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
199585 Points ∼88%
Google Pixel 6
191638 Points ∼84%

Legend

 
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Asus ROG Phone 5s Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Xiaomi Mix 4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Apple A15 Bionic, Apple A15 GPU 5-Core, 256 GB NVMe
 
Google Pixel 6 Google Tensor, ARM Mali-G78 MP20, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Samsung Exynos 2100 5G, ARM Mali-G78 MP14, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash

The new Adreno 730 GPU shows itself to be extremely strong, demonstrating enormous improvements when interacting with the Vulkan API, in particular. In the current 3DMark Wild Life (Extreme), the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 achieves 77 per cent or 68 per cent higher scores than its predecessor. Only the iPhone 13 Pro is faster than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in this benchmark, but it also uses the in-house metal interface. If we use the older OpenGL ES, Apple's chipset can no longer keep up, putting the Snapdragon 8 clearly out on top. Switching to this API demonstrates relatively small increases in the total score. It is a different story again when assessing a pure graphic calculation though, where the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 enjoys at least a 50 per cent lead over its rivals.

The Adreno 730 in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is dominant in GFXBench too, in which it even outperforms Apple's A15 Bionic in every test. Similarly, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 offers almost double its performance compared to its predecessor SoC. Using the Vulkan API, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC can still achieve a few more frames than its competitors. This is an excellent thing in itself, but Qualcomm claims that 95 per cent of all games still utilise the OpenGL ES API.

3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10726 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9553 Points ∼89%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8770 Points ∼82%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8345 Points ∼78%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7906 Points ∼74%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6606 Points ∼62%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
5956 Points ∼56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
19392 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
16221 Points ∼84%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
12752 Points ∼66%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11571 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10794 Points ∼56%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10256 Points ∼53%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8605 Points ∼44%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5087 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4748 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4651 Points ∼91%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4387 Points ∼86%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4183 Points ∼82%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3643 Points ∼72%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
1852 Points ∼36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
12119 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11389 Points ∼94%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10206 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9245 Points ∼76%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9174 Points ∼76%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
7773 Points ∼64%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7344 Points ∼61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
31940 Points ∼100%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
26049 Points ∼82%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
17018 Points ∼53%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
15118 Points ∼47%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13387 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13273 Points ∼42%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11005 Points ∼34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5278 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4775 Points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4483 Points ∼85%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4365 Points ∼83%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4220 Points ∼80%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3393 Points ∼64%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
2130 Points ∼40%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
11700 Points ∼100%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10412 Points ∼89%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7064 Points ∼60%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5875 Points ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5873 Points ∼50%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5824 Points ∼50%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4274 Points ∼37%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
2864 Points ∼100%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2577 Points ∼90%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1823 Points ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1758 Points ∼61%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1532 Points ∼53%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1509 Points ∼53%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1147 Points ∼40%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - 1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
450 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
417 fps ∼93%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
197 fps ∼44%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
194 fps ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
154 fps ∼34%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
144 fps ∼32%
GFXBench 3.0 - 1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
265 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
229 fps ∼86%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
134 fps ∼51%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
129 fps ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
117 fps ∼44%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps ∼34%
GFXBench 3.1 - 1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
175 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
151 fps ∼86%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps ∼50%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
74 fps ∼42%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼34%
GFXBench
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
95 fps ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼59%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
55 fps ∼56%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
51 fps ∼52%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps ∼41%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
131 fps ∼100%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
130 fps ∼99%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
119 fps ∼91%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
81 fps ∼62%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
69 fps ∼53%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps ∼50%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61 fps ∼47%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps ∼37%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps ∼100%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps ∼88%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
39 fps ∼80%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps ∼61%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28 fps ∼57%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
24 fps ∼49%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
23 fps ∼47%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps ∼45%
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Since the system speed does not only depend on the SoC, the values in PCMark indeed leave a lot of room. However, they are already relatively high in Android 12, installed on the reference design. It is also worth mentioning that the AnTuTu score reaches seven digits for the first time.

The AImark only covers a particular part of the performance for machine learning and AI algorithms. Here, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 lags behind its predecessor and must admit defeat to Apple and Samsung's Exynos 2100.

We would not recommend overestimating these scores though, because AImark is yet to be optimised for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. We expect to see significantly higher scores when the first final devices arrive. 

AImark - Score v2.x
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
258869 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
241222 Points ∼93%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
105536 Points ∼41%
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
96317 Points ∼37%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28727 Points ∼11%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
27321 Points ∼11%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5723 Points ∼2%
Antutu v9
Total Score
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1003590 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
815115 Points ∼81%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
800608 Points ∼80%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
791672 Points ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
749520 Points ∼75%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
702981 Points ∼70%
CPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
228047 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
213550 Points ∼94%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
208053 Points ∼91%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
204793 Points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
199585 Points ∼88%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
191638 Points ∼84%
GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
428067 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
317151 Points ∼74%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
313479 Points ∼73%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
312396 Points ∼73%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
277129 Points ∼65%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
270503 Points ∼63%
MEM
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
175864 Points ∼100%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
145111 Points ∼83%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
141557 Points ∼80%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
135717 Points ∼77%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
125451 Points ∼71%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
103108 Points ∼59%
UX
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
171611 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
148354 Points ∼86%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
147949 Points ∼86%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
137732 Points ∼80%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
137089 Points ∼80%
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe
129551 Points ∼75%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
17025 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
16592 Points ∼97%
Xiaomi Mi 11i
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
15024 Points ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14339 Points ∼84%
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14214 Points ∼83%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13127 Points ∼77%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10409 Points ∼61%

The memory connection has been improved, especially in terms of write speeds. Additionally, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 delivers significant improvements when writing small data blocks compared to the Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 888+.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Xiaomi Mix 4
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Read 256KB
1866.37
1971.76
1938.11
1606.78
1545.59
1710.18
Sequential Write 256KB
1275.05
769.84
750.98
765.26
233.43
1077.13
Random Read 4KB
302.85
297.77
242.12
285.79
126.19
316.7
Random Write 4KB
412.71
287.23
284.18
254.94
190.29
279.54

Stress test - Long term performance is on par with Apple's A15 Bionic

High performance usually creates a lot of heat, a problem that many manufacturers have not gotten to grips with the Snapdragon 888 and Snapdragon 888+. Even the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 reference design is not immune to this, as our 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited stress test results below demonstrate.

The new Snapdragon SoC reaches its lowest point by its seventh run, losing around a quarter of its initial performance. Still, it remains around 50 per cent faster than its predecessor with good cooling. Incidentally, the Apple A15 Bionic drops to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1's level from the fourteenth run, where the pair remain locked until they complete the test.

Therefore, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1's long-term performance is equivalent to that of Apple. In saying that, the A15 Bionic only proves to be stronger in terms of peak performance.

Wild Life Unlimited stress test

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash: Ø51.1 (47.4-62.5)
Asus ROG Phone 5s Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash: Ø33.9 (32-35.4)
Apple iPhone 13 Pro A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe: Ø51.5 (47.1-70.2)
Google Pixel 6 Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash: Ø28.2 (19.7-42.9)
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Mali-G78 MP14, Exynos 2100 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash: Ø26.9 (19.9-36.7)

Conclusion - A successful evolution

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

As expected, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 improves in all areas over its predecessors. The CPU gains are not particularly big, but the situation is different with the Adreno 730. The new GPU is at least on par in most areas with Apple's seemingly formidable competition.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 offers some significant innovations. We are curious to see which ones will be exhausted when flagship smartphones arrive in 2022.

The first benchmark results for the AI performance are a little sobering and even lag behind those of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1's predecessor. However, we expect better results with final devices. Nevertheless, Qualcomm's insistence that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 offers the best AI performance per watt implies that the SoC will not turn out to be a high-flyer in this regard. In short, the manufacturer wants to be more efficient than offering the highest acceleration, which will be a battery-saving decision. This is particularly apparent with a view to the Always-On-IPS and the Always-On-AI.

The new ISPs also promise better photos and videos in 8K HDR. There are only a few innovations regarding connectivity, but the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 does not fall short in this area. This is a plus point, in our opinion, especially with the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 on the horizon, which should not be underestimated.

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Daniel Schmidt
Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - 416 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
As a child I was fascinated by my Commodore 16, and this sparked my enthusiasm for computers. Using my first modem, I surfed the BTX videotext system and later the World Wide Web. I have always been captivated by the latest technologies, and this is especially true for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. I’ve been part of the Notebookcheck team since 2013 and have also on occasion written for Notebookinfo.de, and I’m looking forward to testing new innovations for our readers. I like to spend my spare time indulging in photography and barbecues and being with my family.
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Daniel Schmidt, 2021-12- 7 (Update: 2021-12- 7)