Qualcomm’s upcoming next-gen flagship CPU has leaked on AnTuTu, and it looks like it’ll be the on chip to put Qualcomm back on top. Mostly.
The Snapdragon 8150 (which may end up being the Snapdragon 855 when it’s announced) is Qualcomm’s first 7nm processor, and it manages to beat out Apple’s A12 Bionic and Huawei’s Kirin 980 in benchmark scores.
That’s a pretty major feat considering Apple’s processors are almost always considerably more advanced than anything on the other side of the aisle, but there are a few caveats to this benchmark, assuming it’s a legitimate leak.
The biggest one is that a few months there was another leak that had Apple’s A12 beating out the Snapdragon in single core and multi-core tests, which didn’t really translate to AnTuTu for whatever reason, and the second is that this may not actually be a mobile-focused processor. It could be the Snapdragon 855 that powers the Galaxy S10 and whatever else, but it could also be Qualcomm trying to make ARM processors in bigger laptops and tablets a thing, tackling Intel and AMD’s x86 dominance.
And if that’s the case there’s still some stiff competition from Apple. The A12X Bionic for their latest round of iPad Pros still maintains a considerable gap ahead of everything else on the benchmark list, but it’s just not feasible for smaller phones with less cooling.
Temper your expectations, but hopefully we do end up seeing Qualcomm get back into an incredibly competitive space with the move to 7nm processors.