Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 scores over 2 million on AnTuTu benchmark

Qualcomm is about to announce a new, more powerful mobile chip called the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Before its release, there’s information saying this new chip is much better than the older one, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

How do we know? A trusted source shared test results. The new chip scored 2 million points on a test, while the older one scored 1.6 million. So, the new chip seems to be a big improvement


The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor offers a significant boost in graphics performance. In a test called AnTuTu GPU, it scored 840,000 points, which is a 40% improvement compared to the previous Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that scored 600,000 points.

This is great news for mobile gamers as it means that upcoming flagship smartphones with this processor will deliver even better gaming performance.

However, when it comes to the processor’s overall computing power (CPU performance), it showed less improvement. In the same test, it scored 440,000 points, which is only about 15.7% higher than the previous Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

These early performance tests for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 should be taken with a grain of caution, as the final performance of this processor may differ.

It’s important to note that the tested Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 in these benchmarks used LPDDR5T RAM, which is faster and more efficient compared to LPDDR5X RAM.

The type of RAM used in commercial smartphones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is still uncertain. If these smartphones end up using LPDDR5X RAM, the real-world performance might be a bit lower than what’s seen in the benchmarks.

In summary, while these initial benchmarks look promising, we can’t be entirely certain about how much better the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will perform compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 until it’s officially announced by Qualcomm on October 24th.

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Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 Processor is a Secret Rebrand of Last Year’s Snapdragon 6 Gen 1

Qualcomm has introduced its new Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor, but it appears to be a quiet rebrand of last year’s Snapdragon 6 Gen 1. Both of these chips have the same structure for their graphics processing unit (GPU) and central processing unit (CPU).
Additionally, they are made using the same 4-nanometer manufacturing process provided by Samsung. In essence, the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 is quite similar to the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, despite the different name.
Qualcomm’s Naming Scheme Gone Confusing (Visualised) (Leo Wong De Quan/Gizmochina)
In order to simplify the understanding of Snapdragon processors available in 2023. we’ve organized all Snapdragon mobile processors that support 5G networks into four tiers.
These tiers are categorized based on factors such as their CPU design, performance ratings, and their overall day-to-day performance when used in a smartphone.
The four tiers are: Tier D (Poor), Tier C (Fair), Tier B (Good), and Tier A (Excellent). This categorization helps readers choose the most suitable Snapdragon processor for their smartphones.

In the lowest category, Tier D, there are a total of 6 Snapdragon processors that have received a poor rating. These processors share common features, such as having a 2+6 CPU structure.

This means they consist of 2 high-performance CPU cores and 6 efficiency CPU cores to handle smartphone tasks. One interesting commonality among these processors is that they are all manufactured using Samsung’s production technology.

This technology is known for being less efficient in terms of battery life compared to TSMC’s technology due to lower yields and power efficiency.

As a result, processors like the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 in 2023 may perform worse than processors like the MediaTek Dimensity 810 and Dimensity 800U, which have been used in smartphones released over three years ago.

Snapdragon Chip High Performance CPU Cores Efficiency CPU Cores GPU Node Process Antutu Score
Snapdragon 480, 480+ 2x ARM Cortex A76 6x ARM Cortex A55 Adreno 619 Samsung 8nm 350,035
Snapdragon 765, 765G, 768G 2x ARM Cortex A76 6x ARM Cortex A55 Adreno 620 Samsung 7nm 385,681
Snapdragon 690 2x ARM Cortex A77 6x ARM Cortex A55 Adreno 619L Samsung 8nm 361,536
Snapdragon 750G 2x ARM Cortex A77 6x ARM Cortex A55 Adreno 619 Samsung 8nm 438,295
Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Snapdragon 695 2x ARM Cortex A78 6x ARM Cortex A55 Adreno 619 TSMC 6nm 435,422
Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 2x ARM Cortex A78 6x ARM Cortex A55 Adreno 613 Samsung 4nm 425,064

Table 1: Snapdragon Processors in Tier D (Source: Leo Wong De Quan / Gizmochina)

There are two exceptions in this category: the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 695. These two processors are manufactured using TSMC’s 6nm technology, which has proven to offer better battery life and reasonable performance in devices like the Poco X4 Pro and Redmi Note 12 5G.
However, the limitation of the 2+6 CPU structure still means that high-performance tasks may not be as fast as those handled by processors in Tier C.

In Tier C, there’s a notable similarity among the Snapdragon processors listed: they are all manufactured using Samsung’s process technology. The only exception in this category is the Snapdragon 778G, which is produced using TSMC’s 6nm process.

The Snapdragon processors in Tier C have faced criticism, particularly the Snapdragon 888 and 8 Gen 1, for causing overheating issues and thermal throttling in smartphones.

Users have expressed frustration about spending money on expensive Android devices only to experience excessive heat during prolonged smartphone usage.

In some cases, the excessive heat has even caused damage to the smartphone’s motherboard, resulting in costly repairs.

These Tier C processors typically feature a 4+4 CPU structure, meaning they have 4 high-performance CPU cores and 4 efficiency CPU cores. Among the processors in this tier, the Snapdragon 778G series is quite popular.

This is because it’s the only processor in Tier C manufactured on TSMC’s 6nm process, which helps avoid the higher temperatures and power consumption observed in its counterparts made using Samsung’s technology.

However, for mid-range chips, the difference in power consumption is usually minimal, and the main factor affecting performance is the quality of the GPU.

The Snapdragon 778G’s reputation for power efficiency makes it an attractive choice for smartphone manufacturers. In 2023, you can find this processor in a variety of devices, from older models like the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G (2021) to newer releases such as the Poco X5 Pro (2023) and Oppo Reno 10 Pro (2023).

Tier B: Good Rating

In Tier B, we find only one Snapdragon processor, the Snapdragon 865 series. This processor can be found in smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, OnePlus 8 Pro, Poco F3, and Xiaomi Mi 11X.

Snapdragon Chip High Performance CPU Cores Efficiency CPU Cores GPU Node Process Antutu Score
Snapdragon 865, 865+, 870 4x ARM Cortex A77 4x ARM Cortex A55 Adreno 650 TSMC 7nm 801,876

Table 3: Snapdragon Processors in Tier B (Source: Leo Wong De Quan / Gizmochina)

One of its advantages over newer Snapdragon processors, like the Snapdragon 888 and 8 Gen 1, is that it operates at a much lower temperature.

This is because it’s manufactured using TSMC’s 7nm process, which offers improved power efficiency and better battery life for smartphones powered by this chipset.

However, in 2023, the Snapdragon 865 from 2020 is starting to show its age when compared to newer solutions from MediaTek.

such as the Dimensity 8000 and 9000 series of 5G smartphone processors. Nevertheless, the fact that this processor remains highly competitive in the market after three years highlights its value.

Its performance is expected to remain smooth and reliable until at least 2025.

Tier A: Excellent Rating

Finally, in Tier A, we have the best of the best when it comes to Snapdragon processors in 2023. There are three of these top-tier processors, and they are detailed in Table 4 below.

These Tier A Snapdragon processors make use of TSMC’s cutting-edge 4nm manufacturing process. They stand out as some of the finest processors you can find in an Android smartphone for 2023.

Snapdragon Chip High Performance CPU Cores Efficiency CPU Cores GPU Node Process Antutu Score
Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 1x ARM Cortex X2, 3x Cortex A710 4x ARM Cortex A510 Adreno 725 TSMC 4nm 1,109,000
Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 1x ARM Cortex X2, 3x Cortex A710 4x ARM Cortex A510 Adreno 730 TSMC 4nm 1,266,919
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy 1x ARM Cortex X3, 2x Cortex A715, 2x Cortex A710 3x ARM Cortex A510 Adreno 740 TSMC 4nm 1,493,565

They strike a remarkable balance between power efficiency and high performance, leaving processors from Tiers B, C, and D far behind.

If you own a smartphone equipped with a Tier A processor, you can expect fast and seamless performance well into 2028, or perhaps even longer.

Examples of smartphones that feature Tier A processors include the Redmi Note 12 Turbo (also known as the Poco F5), the Samsung Galaxy S23 series, the Xiaomi 13 series, and the Oppo Find X6 Pro.