Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 plays third fiddle to the Dimensity 9000 and Snapdragon 870 in power consumption tests
The issues with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 are well-known at this point. The flagship chipset has demonstrated power consumption and thermal shenanigans in several benchmarks and real-world gaming tests. The latest such test pits it against the MediaTek Dimensity, Kirin 9000, and its older stablemate, the Snapdragon 870. Results are more of the same.
According to the source, this test was done on PeaceKeeper Elite, essentially a PUBG Mobile clone for China released by Tencent. The numbers give a huge advantage to the MediaTek Dimensity 9000, with the chipset consuming a paltry 3.92 W. Following it in second is Huawei's Kirin 9000 with 4.57 W. In third place is the Snapdragon 870 with 4.8 W, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 comes in last with 5.3 W.
While the source indicates that these tests were carried out on early firmware of an unspecified device, they match up with the results of prior tests. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 typically performs a tiny bit worse than the Dimensity 9000, while consuming more power. The Kirin 9000, short-lived as it may have been, remains an excellent chipset and generally competes well in terms of efficiency.
The Snapdragon 870 continues to look like Qualcomm's best recent premium chipset, as it has been shown to keep up with the company's more recent flagship chips, while not suffering from thermal or efficiency issues. The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 does look like a home run but is yet to hit the market. It's expected to debut on the Redmi K50 and OPPO Find X5 series, though, so we won't have to wait much longer for real-world tests.