Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 leaks with respectable gains

Leaks of what must be Qualcomm’s upcoming 2020 flagchip have surfaced revealing a respectable 20% improvement to performance, in Geekbench at least.

Qualcomm has been the top-dog of mobile chipsets for the last decade, in no small part due to their open market vs the proprietary chipsets of companies like Huawei and Samsung, but also because by-and-large they’ve offered the best all-round chips for the majority of the decade; though there have been some notable exceptions in the Snapdragon 810, and 820 (to an extent).

Their last two years of chips have also both featured impressive 30+% and even nearly 50% performance gains from the 835 – 845 and 845 – 855 respectively, whether or not those gains are particularly noticeable.

Well now we’re seeing our first leak of the Qualcomm’s upcoming 7nm Snapdragon 865 and it shows a respectable, though lesser gain of approximately 20% over the 855.

Scoring approximately 4150 SC / 13000 MC compared to the 3500/10500 of the Snapdragon 855, 3600/11000 of the recently superfluous Snapdragon 855+, 4300/10000 of the Exynos 9820 (or 9825), and 3400/10000 of the Kirin 980, the Snapdragon 865 is certainly very powerful scoring on par with much higher wattage Intel and AMD mobile chips (not that the different architectures are directly comparable), but methinks its also not enough to provide any really noticeable improvement over the 855 or its ilk which are already stellar.

Qualcomm announces its latest flagchips in December so we’re likely to see a few more leaks in the next few months leading up to the official announcement, possibly with some slight improvements over time.

Source: Geekbench

Located in Melbourne, Australia, Oscar has been a tech enthusiast for a decade, though only finally getting his first smartphone with an HTC One M7, and moving to a OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3, and now an Essential Phone. Now studying astrophysics and linguistics, Oscar has become immersed in the evolving phone industry, with a great memory for specs and details, he is always looking to find the greatest value and most innovative phones.

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