All told, the Snapdragon 845 general performance can be summed up as "a mixed bag", meaning the chip is excellent but will not necessarily redefine the standard set by the Snapdragon 835 in the past, perhaps owing to the Snapdragon 845's lack of new manufacturing node. OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy S9 are not an exception; in fact, a benchmark reveals that these handsets will be insanely fast.
These are all very encouraging words and numbers, and we recently visited Qualcomm's San Diego headquarters to see how they translate into measurable CPU and GPU performance.
According to a listing on the Geekbench website, the Exynos 9810 variant of the Samsung Galaxy S9 with the model number SM-G960F was managed to score 3648 and 8894 in single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. At the time, I speculated that Samsung's Exynos 9810, which will power the global Galaxy S9 phones, might be faster than the Snapdragon 845. Meanwhile, the report also hints that iPhone X's A11 chips are "severely thermally constrained and are only able to achieve these scores when the devices are cold". The SoC beats Snapdragon 845 with a single core score of 3,648 points and multi-core score of 8,894 points. That's practically imperceptible from the iPhone 8 Plus' 85fps, and another big improvement on the Snapdragon 835 and its Adreno 540 GPU; the older chip struggles to even break 60fps.
Making up the rest of the Snapdragon 845 SoC is the new X20 LTE modem that can handle up to 1.2Gbps speeds. The Snapdragon 845 reference device easily outpaced all existing Android phones on simulated work tasks, although on web browsing, Apple's notoriously efficient Safari browser keeps iPhones ahead.
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However, Geekbench results are not hard to spoof but this result not only corroborates the previously revealed benchmarks but is also consistent with the past performance trends of Exynos-powered devices. Furthermore, it is expected that many smartphone giants will launch their new flagships at the event.
It will probably fall to things like battery life to see how manufacturers harness the latest chipset, but the 845 might have one more trick.
In addition to having increased performance of between 20% and 30%, the Snapdragon 845 also features a power reduction of about 20%-30% when running at the same performance as the previous generation. That, for now, will have to wait until 2018's flagship smartphones begin to appear on store shelves.