Back in July, the Snapdragon 820 was benchmarked by GeekBench which produced a single-core score of 714, and a multi-core score of 1942. Those aren't exactly high-end results. But the four Kryo cores were running at less than half the maximum 3GHz clock speed (1.46 GHz, to be exact). Another test of the Snapdragon 820 showed improvement, with a single-core tally of 1732, and a multi-core score of 4970.
That brings us to the test of the third version of the Snapdragon chip, which was recently conducted. This time, the chipset scored 2032 in single-core, and 5910 in multi-core. This beat out the Exynos 7420 powerhouse and the multi-core score of the Apple A9.
The Snapdragon 820 is just one of many new high-end chips that will be driving top-shelf handsets over the next year. One competitor is Huawei's Kirin 950 SoC. Last month, that chip scored 6096 for its multi-core test. There is also the deca-core CPU offered as part of MediaTek's Helio X20 chipset.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 has been rumored to be the first handset to be powered by the Snapdragon 820. The chip is expected to start shipping to manufacturers in December, with the first handsets to be powered by the SoC to start rolling out next March.