I have already covered the new technology in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system on chip (SoC) but that doesn’t mean a great deal without some real-world results.
Qualcomm has finally started demoing units built on the Snapdragon 845 SoC to selected press. The tests are not ideal as the hardware is Qualcomm's demo units, so you don’t know what has been done to tweak the results. However, it is nice to see in the absence of any new products running the chip.
This new chip is very likely to be in the new EU Samsung Galaxy S9, the upcoming new Sony flagship, Xiaomi’s next flagship as well as potentially the Nokia 9 at MWC.
Regardless of the hardware set-up, the initial impressions look very positive for the latest Snapdragon.
The specs of the reference phone include:
- 5-inch LCD screen with 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution
- Dual rear cameras: 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel
- Front-facing camera: 12-megapixel
- 8GHz Snapdragon 845 processor
- 6GB RAM
- No headset jack
The benchmarks carried out were only able to test the CPU, GPU and the system memory, and to some extent power efficiency. One important test that can’t be carried out with these benchmark results properly is the battery. Qualcomm claim there will be significant battery improvements, but in reality, it depends on the manufactures implementation on how well this does.
In Geekbench 4, which records the raw power of the CPU and GPU on a chip, the Snapdragon 845 achieved 8401 which is around 30% higher than the previous generation. However, it is quite a bit behind the SoC in the iPhone X which scores 10330.
In Antutu, which records the performance of UX, GPU, RAM, CPU, I/O and more the Snapdragon 845 scored 267,556 which is a comfortable lead over every other system including the iPhone X which scored 226,844
The GFXBench benchmark app is a key one to measure a phone’s gaming capabiliti