Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 benchmark results surface online
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 reference design (Source: PCMag)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 reference design (Source: PCMag)

As the first wave of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered handsets is still in the making, a reference handset coming from Qualcomm is showing noticeable improvements over existing mobile processors. The benchmarks reveal that the upcoming chip is faster than its predecessor and Apple’s A16 Bionic.

Last week, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. While the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was limited by Samsung’s 4LPX node, the new chip is based on the improved TSMC N4P. While this makes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 a sibling of the Apple A16 Bionic in terms of fab technology used, the tests conducted on a reference design prove it to be even faster.

The reference design provided by Qualcomm for testing the new processor features 12 GB of memory and 256 GB of storage. However, the chipmaker did not specify the memory and storage type, so they might have used LPDDR4x or LPDDR5x combined with UFS 3.1 or UFS 4.0 storage. The handset came with a 3,550 mAh battery, quite mediocre cameras (15 MP front and 12.9 MP back), as well as a fingerprint reader. Obviously, none of these specs and features have an impact on the performance figures of the chipset. The device ran on 64-bit Android 13 with Vulkan 1.3 and OpenGL ES 3.2 during testing, with the graphics tasks being handled by the Adreno 740 GPU.

Android Authority received from Qualcomm a list of benchmark results for the new chip and managed to confirm some of them. However, they did not manage to run all the tests in the list during the time spent with the device at the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2022. These are the highlights of the list:

Test Suite Results
Geekbench 5 1,485 – 1,495 single-core and 5,050 – 5,200 multi-core
AnTuTu 1,270,00 – 1,280,000
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 Offscreen: 329 – 332
T-Rex Offscreen: 481 – 484
Manhattan 3.1 Offscreen: 224 – 226
Car Chase Offscreen: 129 – 130
Aztec Ruins Vulkan High Tier Offscreen: 65
Aztec Ruins OpenGL High Tier Offscreen: 60
Aztec Ruins Vulkan Normal Tier Offscreen: 178
3DMark Wildlife Unlimited: 82 fps
Wildlife Extreme Unlimited: 23 fps

On the other hand, the list of results achieved by PCMag includes the following: 

  • Geekbench 5: 1,489 single-core and 5,178 multi-core
  • AnTuTu: 1,282,795
  • GFXBench: Aztec Ruins Vulkan High Tier Offscreen: 65

Although PCMag and Android Authority were not able to run the complete suite of tests to test Qualcomm’s claims, the results they managed to verify are enough to prove that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the fastest mobile processor unveiled so far. Real-world performance will depend a lot on the cooling, memory/storage type, as well as the screen refresh of the individual handsets that will use it.

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Codrut Nistor, 2022-11-21 (Update: 2022-11-21)