The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset was announced last week and it will be used to power many of the new and upcoming Android flagships in 2022. Qualcomm claims to offer 20% better CPU performance and 30% better GPU performance with this chipset. But do the numbers match reality?
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 benchmarks
Hot Hardware ran some tests using a phone equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. In the end, the results are very competitive when you compare them with the latest iPhone series.
Great performance in GPU
The GFXBench T-Rex off-screen test showed that the phone performed almost identically to the iPhone 13 Pro, delivering 450 frames per second (FPS) compared to the iPhone’s 451fps and iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 343fps.
According to the GFXBench T-Rex off-screen tests, the phone was able to deliver 450 FPS compared to the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which delivered 451 FPS and 343 FPS respectively. Then, in the GFXBench Manhattan off-screen ES 3.0 benchmark, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phone was able to beat iPhone 13 Pro with ease.
It’s important to note that in both tests, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phone was able to beat some of the most powerful Android phones on the market such as ROG Phone 5. You can check Manhattan test results below:
Hot Hardware also ran some 3DMark benchmarks with the Wild Life Unlimited test. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phone has second place in-between iPhone 13 Pro (1st) and iPhone Pro 12 Max (3rd).
Though, to be honest, it’s important to understand that these results might not be so trustworthy, because, in the benchmarks, a prototype with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset was used.
CPU performance of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Hot Hardware also ran some CPU-related benchmark tests. According to a Geekbench 5 test that you can see below, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phone was at the top of the list when compared with Android devices. But it wasn’t able to compete with iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. It was even behind the iPhone 11 Pro in single-core performance (ahead in the multi-cores though).
After running many more tests they found that the prototype device is 142% faster than the top Android phones on the market right now.
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In a nutshell, it definitely seems like the performance gains from the GPU and the machine learning are far more impressive than the CPU improvements. Check out the full results here.