Qualcomm this week unveiled the next flagship chip for Android, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Just on paper, the chip already looking compelling, but some early Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 benchmarks show that the new chip even rivals Apple’s 3nm chip in the iPhone 15 Pro.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is a 4nm chipset built using a 1+5+2 core layout, headlined by a main Cortex-X4 core, and backed up by five performance cores (Cortex-A720) and two efficiency cores (Cortex-A520). Qualcomm claims the chip’s raw power is up 30% faster and significantly more power efficient. There’s also a heavy AI focus with the Hexagon NPU which is said to be 98% faster and enables impressive on-device models such as stable diffusion and photo expansion.
But, how does the chip compare? Qualcomm shared a brief video (via Sparrows News) which shows the benchmark results on their own.
GSMArena, meanwhile, shows these results in context.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, in a multi-core test in Geekbench 6, scored 7,501, up from the iPhone 15 Pro Max and its Apple A17 Pro (a 3nm chip) which scored 7,237. In a single-core test, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 fell about 600 points short of Apple’s 2,926 score, but still gained 400 points over last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Qualcomm also scored a huge win on AnTuTu’s benchmark, with a score of 2,139,281, up from Apple’s 1,487,203.
Effectively, Qualcomm is very much now playing the same game as Apple with its flagship chip, which is doubly impressive as Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is a 4nm chip, where the A17 Pro is a 3nm chip.
We generally don’t talk about benchmarks all that often because, typically speaking, they’re not reflective of real-life usage. However, in the case of directly comparing two chips, not two devices, it’s certainly a helpful way to get an…
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