Snapdragon 898, here is the first benchmark on a mysterious device

Snapdragon 898, here is the first benchmark on a mysterious device

Snapdragon 898

The debut on the market of the next Qualcomm mobile platform is expected: the successor of Snapdragon 888 should arrive in December in conjunction with the Tech Summit and, one month (almost) exactly from the expected presentation, the photo of a mysterious device with the Snapdragon 898 is on board.

It is thought that the heir of SD888 will be called SD898, even if at the moment the confirmations are few. A screenshot of the well-known Device Info HW benchmarking app appears on the display of this device. Let's read some features, for now only presumed, of the new Qualcomm processor: model number SM8450 (SD888 corresponded to SM8350), tri-cluster architecture composed of a 3.0GHz Cortex X2 core, a 2.5GHz 3-core Cortex-A710 and a 1.79GHz 4-core Cortex-A510, Adreno 730 GPU. The modem integrated in the SoC should be a Snapdragon X65 5G, capable of guaranteeing a transfer speed of 10Gbps.

The image, originally shared by Digital Chat Station, does not say much about the prototype used for the test . We have no idea, therefore, which smartphone will be powered by the next Snapdragon. On the other hand, however, it is understood that it will be a high-end smartphone, due to the particularly thin bezels.

The upper part with the front camera has been cut from the frame, which makes it even more difficult identify the device.

Beyond the clues, we can think of Xiaomi and Vivo as the first manufacturers to implement Snapdragon 898 in their new products. The presentations of these two brands are expected for next month: already last year, in fact, Xiaomi Mi 11 came out in the open in December, and the same could happen for alive, with the new smartphone of the X series (or NEX) which, moreover, has already been spotted a few weeks ago.

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Next-Gen Snapdragon Flagship Flexes Big In Leaked Benchmark Runs

Qualcomm is expected to rebrand its entire Snapdragon stack in the very near future, so it's next-gen flagship probably won't be called Snapdragon 898. While we don't know yet what it will be called, we may have a hint about its performance based on a supposed benchmark leak. If the numbers hold up, it's going to be an enticing upgrade for Android handsets.

This will supplant the Snapdragon 888+ as Qualcomm's top mobile chip for smartphones (presumably, anyway). While nothing has been announced, previous rumors pegged the chip as being built on Samsung's 4-nanometer manufacturing process, and delivering a chunky 20 percent boost in performance. But will it really? That's where the latest leaked benchmark runs come into play.

According to Ice Universe, who is firmly plugged into the leaks and rumors scene, the next-gen chip scores 1,200 in Geekbench's single-threaded test and 3,900 in the benchmarks multi-threaded test. Those are probably rounded numbers, but regardless, they suggest class-leading performance among Android silicon, if true.

For context, here's our own collection of Geekbench 5 scores from existing handsets...

This is our most recent compilation of scores, plucked from our Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 review that went live last week. It gives us a bunch of interesting comparison points, especially at the top end of single-threaded and multi-threaded performance.Sorted by single-threaded performance, the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (a joint collaboration between Qualcomm and ASUS) leads the way, with a score of 1,128. And if we were to sort by mult-threaded performance, the Xiaomi M11 takes pole position with a score of 3,697.

If the leaked benchmark scores hold up, we're looking at a single-threaded score that is 6.4 percent higher than the fastest we have seen to date, and a multi-threaded score that is 5.5 percent higher. That's not a 20 percent jump as rumored, but a strong showing all the same.

Of course, this still wouldn't put the Snapdragon on even footing with Apple's silicon in this benchmark. According to Geekbench's database, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max with their A15 Bionic chips score 1,707 in the single-threaded test and 4,643 in the multi-threaded test.Qualcomm's Next-Gen Snapdragon Grins For The Camera In A Leaked PhotoClick to Enlarge (Source: Weibo)

In related news, a phone supposed powered by Qualcomm's next-gen flagship processor was caught on camera, with a screenshot purporting to show the big.LITTLE core arrangement and clock speeds (as shown above).

There's a main or prime core that is believed to be based on Arm's Cortex-X2 clocked at 3GHz. We can also see three mid-range cores (probably Cortex-710) clocked at 2.5GHz, and four power efficient cores (like Cortex-A510) running at 1.79GHz.

The last thing to note is the GPU—shown towards the bottom, it's identified as an Adreno 730, which we don't know much about just yet.

So there's your next-gen Snapdragon rumor roundup for Friday.

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