Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2: Here are the first benchmarks

At the Qualcomm Summit 2022 in Hawaii, I had the opportunity to run the first benchmarks with the new SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. As one would expect, there is a considerable jump in performance. However, the results should of course still be treated with some caution, also because of the conditions under which they were obtained.

This enabled me to carry out the tests with a reference smartphone from Qualcomm. In general, the manufacturer will of course also have specifically selected chips that do particularly well – there are also certain deviations with SoCs. The results can only be generalized to a limited extent because each manufacturer adapts and optimizes Android for itself – which then also leads to different performance scores. It may even be that there is more to be gained from the hardware.

In addition, benchmark results not only depend on the chipset, but also on other factors such as the cooling used. You should keep all of this in mind when you look at my tests of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and the resulting results. By the way, I’m intentionally leaving the scores for you so that you can form your own opinion.

The scores from 3DMark come from the off-screen tests (Unlimited) from “Wild Life” and “Wilf Life Extreme”. So they really target the SoC because the screen resolution isn’t factored in. But in PCMark 3.0 I can e.g. For example, as a comparison, what the Black Shark 5 Pro achieved with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: 13,121 points. The Xiaomi 12 Pro was in a similar position. The jump through the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 does not seem huge with 14,023 points.

In the AI ​​benchmark, the device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 achieves 1,536 points. In my tests, smartphones with the predecessor SoC were e.g. B. at 1,045 points (Xiaomi 12 Pro). That’s a significant increase. I haven’t used AnTuTu for the blog for a long time, but here I get a whopping 1,276,060 points.

In Geekbench, it again rains 1,493 points for the single and 5,243 points for the multi-core performance. Let’s look again at the Xiaomi 12 Pro with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – as a comparison, it is “only” 1,237 (single) or 3,748 (multi-core) performance. It is important to remember that synthetic benchmarks only say something about your everyday use to a limited extent. In addition, it is of course important that the performance can be maintained for as long as possible and is not only available in short peaks.

This is exactly where the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 should also, according to the manufacturer, not only surpass the previous model, but also all competing platforms. The SoC is therefore the first choice for gamers. But you have to let that stand as a marketing statement until you can test it yourself extensively. And I haven’t been able to try games on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 yet.

Further test results from the wild, i.e. with smartphones that are actually commercially available, can be expected from the end of 2022. Then the first devices with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 should appear.

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