The current-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is considered to be a decent chip, but it’s a bit underpowered when matched up against Huawei’s Kirin 980 and Apple’s A12 Bionic chip that’s used in the 2018 iPhones. Naturally, Qualcomm is expected to in forward with its next-gen chip which is due sometime in early 2019, but a new leak suggests that performance improvements could be bigger than expected.
A leaked AnTuTu benchmark score of the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 has surfaced with a total score of 362,292 and GPU score of 156,328, making the Snapdragon 8150 the most powerful smartphone chip we’ve ever seen. While the score is only 2.8% higher than the A12 Bionic’s 352,405, it’s 17% higher than the 309,628 score posted by the Huawei Mate 20 Pro which is using the Kirin 980.
For reference, OnePlus 6 with 8GB of RAM managed a score of 293,151 while our Pixel 3 with only 4GB of RAM was able to deliver a score of 279,701. Both phones are using the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, so there’s clearly a wide range in performance that needs to be taken into account.
While Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 wasn’t the most powerful mobile chipset we saw this year, it looks like the new Snapdragon 8150 take the crown in early 2019. Hopefully, Qualcomm is also working on efficiency improvements as well which will allow 2019’s smartphones to last longer on a single charge.