Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Blows Past Apple's A16 Bionic In Benchmark Leak

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We've only just gotten the first phones with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, including the new OnePlus 11, and already an alleged benchmark of its successor has leaked. The supposed Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 benchmark shows the ARM processor besting everything under the sun, even Apple's class-leading A16 Bionic.

The benchmark comes by way of a Weibo account, so take this with a grain of salt. However, the screenshot of Geekbench results shows an impressive result of 1,930 single-core and 6,236 multi-core. The post further claims power consumption has decreased by 20% versus the Gen 2 despite the higher performance.

That's a substantial increase over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 reference hardware, which we tested at 1,486/5,225. The latest iPhones put up numbers around 1,850 for single-core and 5,350 in multi-core. So, based on the leaked numbers, the iPhone falls just slightly behind in single-core, but it's down around 15% in multi-core performance in Geekbench.

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Geekbench can provide an interesting point of comparison, but you can't extrapolate the benchmark to final device performance. Apple optimizes its software for just a few hardware profiles, so it doesn't need the same resources as Android on Snapdragon. That said, this sort of year-over-year performance gain would be impressive and would likely translate to more responsive devices.

Other leaks based on the Qualcomm engineering hardware claim the Gen 3 chip uses a 3nm process node, which would be an improvement over the 4nm process currently in use. Other sources disagree about whether the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will have eight or ten CPU cores. That could mean a prime core, five high-power CPU cores, and either two or four low-power cores.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will continue appearing in flagship smartphones throughout 2023. We don't expect to get any official specifics about the next-gen chip until late in 2023.