Benchmarking the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Setting performance expectations for 2022’s flagships

Just last week saw the advent of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 at the company’s tech summit in Hawaii. Qualcomm’s latest chipset packs a whole host of major improvements across the board, making this one of the most exciting Qualcomm devices in a long time. While the company was hesitant to provide in-depth technical details in some aspects (including neglecting to mention an Adreno or Kryo version name), we were still able to run a gamut of popular benchmarks on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 reference device. These benchmarks help set the baseline of performance expectations for upcoming flagships in 2022, giving us one more thing to look forward to next year.
On the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 reference device, we ran one holistic benchmark (AnTuTu), a CPU-centric benchmark (Geekbench), a GPU-centric benchmark (GFXBench), and MLPerf benchmarks. Each benchmark was run three times, and we took the average of the three results. Qualcomm had enabled a “UI Perf Mode” option by default that we di…

Written By: Adam Conway

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