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Record Benchmark: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Could be the SoC to Beat

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Additional details about Qualcomm's next-gen system-on-chip for smartphones and tablets have started to surface as we head closer to the planned launch event in October. Now, an alleged benchmark of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC has been shared, hinting at notable improvements over the preceding flagship chipset.

Chinese leaker and reliable source, Digital Chat Station, apparently posted the purported GeekBench 5 scores of the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. According to the listing, the silicon hit 1,700 in the single-core test and about 6,600 in the multicore category. This makes the new chip 12 and 20 percent higher compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 which averaged 1,500 and 5,000 points, respectively.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 vs. Apple A16 Bionic

If these scores were to materialize in the production unit of the chipset, this will place the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 below Apple's A16 Bionic (1800/5300) in the single-core segment and way above in the multicore. The Apple A16 Bionic currently powers the iPhone 14 Pro (review) and iPhone 14 Pro Max with the more efficient A17 Bionic expected to debut in the iPhone 15 this September.

In a separate leak cited by Twitter user @tech_reve, it was noted that these scores were based on the updated configuration of the chipset, which uses a 1+5+2 core cluster. However, the primary Cortex-X4 seemed to have been cranked down to 3.2 GHz from 3.4 GHz while the five performance cores are now using two different speeds, resulting in a higher multicore value.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processing blocks diagram
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processing blocks diagram. / © Qualcomm

Earlier, it was speculated that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 could achieve a peak clock speed of 3.7 GHz and up to a 50 percent increase in GPU performance. Since then, there has not been any follow-up information about this. Perhaps this custom CPU version could be reserved and exclusive to Samsung such as in the case of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 For Galaxy.

Qualcomm confirmed that it will host its next Snapdragon Summit this October where it could likely announce the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. The first smartphones to run on the platform are expected to arrive in November. Xiaomi is reportedly launching the Xiaomi 14 series at a later date.

Would you bet for Qualcomm to beat Apple in the mobile chipset race? Share your opinions with us in the comments.

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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