Qualcomm is expected to introduce its next-gen flagship processor in the near future, and that processor has just surfaced on AnTuTu. The name of the chip is the Snapdragon 8150, at least that’s what the rumors are saying, Qualcomm may still opt to call it the Snapdragon 855, we’ll just have to wait and see. In any case, this chip surfaced on AnTuTu and managed to score 362,292 points, which is the highest score of any Android smartphone to date. This is not surprising, as this processor will be more powerful than anything else that is fueling Android smartphones, and chances are it will be comparable with the Exynos 9820 which Samsung announced recently. The Snapdragon 8150, based on this score, is the very first processor running on Android that has crossed the 360,000 points threshold. Now, the listing also says that the chip managed to hit 122,141 points in the CPU department, and 156,328 in the GPU department, which is also above the vast majority of mobile chips out there, 99-percent of those tested on AnTuTu, as per the listing. Now, for comparison’s sake, it is worth noting that Huawei’s new Kirin 980 64-bit octa-core processor managed to score an average of 311,840 points on AnTuTu, while the Snapdragon 8150’s predecessor, the Snapdragon 845, has managed to hit 301,757 points while running in the Black Shark Helo smartphone, which is its highest benchmarked score to date.
Background: The Snapdragon 845, the Snapdragon 8150’s predecessor, was announced back on December last year, so the Snapdragon 8150 aka Snapdragon 855 is expected to arrive in December as well, though Qualcomm still hasn’t confirmed anything. The company will probably announce its release date in the near future though, at least if it’s expected to arrive at the beginning of December… and the company is probably looking to introduce it as soon as possible considering that Samsung already announced its new Exynos 9820 chip. The Exynos 9820 is based on the 8-nanometer LPP FinFET process, while the Snapdragon 8150 is expected to be a 7nm processor. In any case, the Snapdragon 8150 is coming, but if rumors are to be believed, Huawei is also preparing a new processor to arrive in early 2019, the Kirin 990. That chip will, allegedly, come with 5G support, unlike the Kirin 980 that was released a while back. The Snapdragon 8150 is rumored to have “gold” and “silver” cores, in other words, four of its cores will be high-end, while the other four will be low-end, for less intensive tasks. The Snapdragon 8150 that was in development actually had four “silver” cores clocked at 1.7GHz, and four “gold” ones clocked at 2.6GHz.
Impact: The Snapdragon 8150 will be one of the most powerful mobile processors out there, along with the Exynos 9820, and the Apple A12 Bionic (which is also a 7nm processor). The Snapdragon 8150 will almost certainly be one the most used high-end mobile processor in 2019, as that was the case with a number of its predecessors. More info will probably surface soon, and Qualcomm is expected to introduce that chip in the near future as well, so stay tuned for that.