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Early benchmarks of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 show promising performance

By Liu Hongzuo - on 23 Nov 2022, 12:51pm

Early benchmarks of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 show promising performance

Reference design phone by Qualcomm containing Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit 2022 in Hawaii, U.S.A, the Qualcomm team availed several reference design phones with a functioning Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform within.

That allowed us to quickly run some common benchmarks to see if the 2023 premium Android phone processor can live up to its reported performance gains – at least, synthetically speaking.

When compared to the preceding Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm said its new Gen 2 chip is supposed to have 25% faster GPU performance and 40% more CPU efficiency than before. 

AI workloads are supposed to be 4.35x faster too, but that’s difficult to check since there’s no consistent way to benchmark AI workloads on consumer mobile devices (there are options, but just not as consistent as testing GPU and CPU).

Running 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited.

In our preliminary runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 pulled in scores of 14,000+ easily on the GPU-focused 3DMark Wild Life (Unlimited) benchmark. That score is ~27% higher than SD8+G1 phones we’ve tested, and nearly ~30% higher than its direct predecessor, the Gen 1.

Running 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test.

The Stress Test version of the same benchmark also saw consistent, sustained GPU performance in the first 13 loops of the benchmark (out of 20 total). That’s much longer-lasting than before, as powerful phone processors tend to see dips in graphics-intense apps much earlier on. Also, the phone kept its temperatures around a lukewarm 37°c to 42°c, which indicates good heat management (even though Qualcomm did not share its heat dissipation techniques used in these devices).

Running Geekbench 5.

Its CPU single- and multi-thread performance were also very high, with Geekbench 5 reporting scores close to 1,500 and 5,100, respectively. Single-core performance is nearly double that of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones we’ve reviewed before, and multi-core performance saw 45% improvements. That should mean Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones would be more efficient with app usage, bootup, and general use.

Running PCMark for Android Work 3.0.

To simulate daily use (like browsing, photos, surfing, etc.), we’ve also had a chance with PCMark for Android’s Work 3.0 test. It gave us nearly 19,000, which is significantly higher than the 11,000 to 13,000 we’ve seen on its predecessor chipset.

Testing web-browsing ability using the latest Google Chrome build also saw ~40% higher performance than its predecessor.

Note that these scores we’ve acquired are sampled from reference design prototype handsets procured by the Qualcomm team, and that synthetic scores do not represent real-world use or eventual OEM performance.  We can’t wait to see how the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 would fare in upcoming premium flagship mobiles.

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