Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Strong GPU Performance, Less of a CPU Boost

Snapdragon 845 Reference Device

Snapdragon 845 Reference Device

The phone will be powered by the chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 while the other variant will have homegrown Exynos 9810 chipset.

The new Snapdragon 845 brings a completely new generation of GPU architecture into play while still remaining on the 10nm process node. However, these tests have given smartphone fans a hint at what the Snapdragon 845 is capable of doing. The next version of Snapdragon processor for the flagship smartphones will be called as Snapdragon 845 which is the successor to the Snapdragon 835 processor which was seen on nearly all of the smartphones released in the flagship segment past year.

Furthermore, Snapdragon 845 also has a new component called X20 cellular modem, which can handle 1.2 Gbps speeds for users of Gigabit LTE. The Galaxy S9 with the processor of Samsung comes to make its appearance on Geekbench (under reference SM-G960F), and he has produced scores that all smartphones on the market could envy. The new chip also shows substantial gains around 14-31% in most GPU performance tests, showing particularly impressive leaps in the domains of texturing and ALU performance, along with reduced driver overhead.

The silicon maker didn't openly advertise design wins for the Snapdragon 845, but we'd be surprised if the upcoming Mobile World Congress ended without someone showing off a handset powered by the new chip.

What the 845 hasn't managed is to catch up to Apple and its ludicrously fast A11 Bionic chip; the iPhone 8 Plus, let's remember, scored a nigh-unbelievable 4,254 in Geekbench's single-core test and 10,517 in the multi-core test. Samsung is expected to host its Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona on 25 of February where it is expected to launch its new flagship.

The Snapdragon 845 might be narrowing the gap, that's for sure. Still, if that's going to be the case, at least they'll all be blisteringly fast. The other, running on the 835, was averaging a not-so power efficient 3,834mW.

The Snapdragon 845 technologies I'm most curious about, and most want to see, are Ultra HD Premium displays, active depth sensing AR cameras, and improved battery life, especially for true wireless headsets. That, for now, will have to wait until 2018's flagship smartphones begin to appear on store shelves.