Just over two weeks ago, Qualcomm introduced the newest member of its extensive SoC family of mobile platforms: the Snapdragon 888. This top-of-the-line Snapdragon mobile platform is the successor to the Snapdragon 865/865 +, and will feature top-of-the-line Android smartphones like Samsung’s OnePlus next year. , LGa and countless others.
At the time of release, Qualcomm gave us some high-end specifications for the Snapdragon 888, including the fact that it has one core core based on the new Arm Cortex-X1 microarchitecture clocked at 2.84 GHz, three performance cores at 2.42 GHz and four efficient core clocked at 1.8 GHz. Qualcomm claims that its new Kryo 680 CPU architecture brings a 25 percent performance improvement over its predecessor, while its Adreno 660 GPU is up 35 percent over the previous generation Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU. In addition, Qualcomm has made further claims about significantly better machine learning (AI) workload performance, as well as great advances in computer photography.
While we wish we had gotten our hands on an actual Snapdragon 888 reference phone to do our own testing, it just wasn’t on the cards. Today, however, Qualcomm delivered the next best thing, and that is to send its own internal data from reference values that it ran with the Snapdragon 888 reference design smartphone.
According to the company, this reference smartphone is paired with a Snapdragon 888 with 12 GB of LPDDR5 memory, 512 GB of UFS 3.1 memory, a 6.65-inch FHD + (2340×1080) screen and a 3,790 mAh battery. Qualcomm says he spent each benchmark three times and took an average run, and those numbers are what we’ve presented to you below.
Again, The Snapdragon 888 results listed below are not representative of our internal test results, but were provided by Qualcomm. All other device results are actual internal HotHardware test results from currently shipped retail devices.
In Geekbench, the Snapdragon 888 shows a healthy ~ 23 percent increase over the Snapdragon 865 in a single-core benchmark. The increase in performance in multiple cores is smaller, however, it is about 12-15 percent. Meanwhile, Apple’s A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12 mini shows about 10% multi-core lead and a big ~ 40% single-core advantage.
With GFXBench, we see an approximately 21 percent performance improvement for the Snapdragon 888 Adreno 660 GPU compared to the Adreno 650 housed inside the Snapdragon 865. But again, the GPU in the A14 Bionic flexes muscles with a 19 percent higher score than even the powerful Snapdragon 888.
AITuTu was the absolute measure of smoke emissions for the Snapdragon 888, thanks to the new Hexagon 780 AI processor. The Hexagon 780 delivers 26 TOPS, a 73 percent improvement over the previous generation, and in AITuT we see a result that is roughly twice that of the AI engine in the Snapdragon 865. It should be noted that this acceleration will help in countless application cases from referral mechanisms with the help of artificial intelligence, to computer photography and many others.
Our latest benchmark focuses on AnTuT, according to which the Snapdragon 888 brings a 24 percent improvement over the OnePlus 8T. The Snapdragon 888 even managed to outperform the mighty ASUS ROG Phone 3. Update – 19.12.20: We added the iPhone 12 mini for reference to these results, although we didn’t have a chance to launch it at the time of its first release. What’s interesting here is that the iPhone actually loses in the overall score, although since Qualcomm didn’t give details about the subtest for CPU, GPU, Memory, and UX scores, only the overall score is presented here. It should be noted that the iPhone 12 mini is actually inserted right behind or equivalent to the Snapdragon 865 phones in the subtest results. Nonetheless, we look forward to testing OEM smartphones with the Snapdragon 888 when they become available in the first quarter of 2021.
Again, these aren’t the results we personally pulled from the Snapdragon 888, and we just included the numbers Qualcomm sent to our score database for comparison. You can see the full table of data provided by Qualcomm below, along with a demo video that the company also prepared.
It is important to note that, again, these ratings are the result of a very early reference design device, not a retail shipping product. Performance will improve over time as OEMs customize and optimize their design and devices.
Even with these early benchmarks, we can see that Qualcomm has made some big performance improvements over last year’s flagship Android. However, there still seems to be some time between the Snapdragon 888 and Apple’s latest 5nm A14 Bionics, in terms of CPU and GPU performance. However, we are eager to see what efficiency can be achieved with the Snapdragon 888, thanks to the new 5nm manufacturing process node that Qualcomm uses for its latest silicon, and the fact that its Snapdragon X60 5G modem is now fully integrated into the Snapdragon 888 SoC instead of a discrete chip.
In this regard, we will not announce the winners yet, until we start working with retail smartphones with the new year. And if the rumor is right, we may not have to wait long, as the Samsung Galaxy S21 family will likely be the first to come out with the Snapdragon 888 here in the United States, perhaps sometime in mid-January.
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