The Samsung Galaxy S21 shows up on Geekbench running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 888 (formerly known as the Snapdragon 875) is no stranger to Geekbench. The chipset has shown up on the benchmarking site on a host of devices from companies such as Xiaomi, Vivo, and Samsung. It has made yet another appearance on Geekbench, this time alongside the Samsung Galaxy S21.
Twitter leaker Abhishek Yadav stumbled upon the smartphone's newest Geebench listing. It essentially reaffirms what we already know about the chip's performance. A single-core score of 1,075 and multi-core score of 2,916 falls in line with the Snapdragon 888's earlier showings, although the latter seems to be a tad low. We can chalk that down to the test running on a pre-production version of the smartphone. Despite the seemingly accurate scores, some scepticism is in order, as there appears to be no record of the listing in the Geekbench listing at the time of writing.
Qualcomm has made it clear that the Snapdragon 888's primary goal is efficiency and not raw performance, which is made abundantly clear by its choice to run the chipset's 'prime' Cortex-X1 core at a conservative 2.8GHz. Samsung, on the other hand, has to play catchup with Qualcomm after the Exynos 990 debacle. Several alleged Geekbench scores of the Exynos 2100 have surfaced, but their legitimacy is in question as they come without a listing.
It shouldn't be long before we find out how the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 fares in the real world, as it will be launched alongside the Xiaomi Mi 11 later in December 2020. On the other hand, we may have to wait until February 2021 to see the Exynos 2100 in action. Die-hard Samsung enthusiasts have their hopes up high, as the Exynos 2100 will reportedly push its Cortex-X1 core to 3.0GHz. Its ARM Mali-G78 MP24 GPU also managed to beat the Adreno 660 by a narrow margin in one benchmark.