Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC Benchmarked, May be Better than Apple's A11

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC Benchmarked, May be Better than Apple's A11

Qualcomm has finally started demoing units built on the Snapdragon 845 SoC to selected press. However, it is nice to see in the absence of any new products running the chip.

The launch of the Galaxy S9 at the end of February will usher in the one Gbps era for the first time as an LTE smartphone.

Regardless of the hardware set-up, the initial impressions look very positive for the latest Snapdragon.

The initial Snapdragon 845 benchmarks are encouraging. Benchmarking applications tend not to test camera or battery.

When Geekbench 4 benchmark testing was used on the Snapdragon 845, the device that was utilized was able to obtain a score between 8395 and 8424 in the multi-core test.

For reference, the iPhone X, the top-of-the-line smartphone from Apple, has hit a 4204 single-core score, and 10110 multi-core score.

The GFXBench benchmark app is a key one to measure a phone's gaming capabilities. Apple has historically fielded some of the best gaming GPUs, but both the iPhone X and iPhone 8 now throttle so severely, Apple can't maintain its performance crown - and the iPhone 8 is noticeably worse than the iPhone X in this regard. They also set expectations: this is going to be a stepwise improvement in CPU performance, and new smartphones won't necessarily feel much faster in basic UI tasks. This is a huge improvement, but it'll be more interesting to see its real-world capacity. The T-Rex test shows all the phones capping out at 60FPS.

There is also an assessment on the Snapdragon 845 test device, which includes a number of graphics-focused benchmarks.

On photo editing, however, the 845 was 38% faster. Within this test, there are no noticeable gains at all.

In fact, the only significant design change between the previous generation and the upcoming refresh will be on the back of the phone. With some results coming in similar to the previous generation it shows just how good the 835 is and how powerful modern system on chips are now. They have other, bigger reasons for that. The Google Pixel 2, the OnePlus 5T, the HTC U11, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, the Nokia 8... the list goes on, and there's no reason to believe that their inevitable 2018 replacements will upgrade to the Snapdragon 845 as well.

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