Snapdragon 8150 gets certified by Bluetooth SIG as Qualcomm's next flagship chip

Snapdragon 8150 gets certified by Bluetooth SIG as Qualcomm's next flagship chip
With the Snapdragon 845 nearing the end of its product lifecycle, it’s only natural that Qualcomm is preparing the release of its successor. But after six years of branding the processors as part of the 800 series, next year’s cheap may gain an extra digit on the end.

The processor, which was previously expected to be called the Snapdragon 855, has just been certified by the Bluetooth SIG. The listing in question reveals a few details but the most interesting is without a doubt the model number: SM8150. This coincides perfectly with more recent rumors and essentially confirms that Qualcomm’s next flagship processor will be called the Snapdragon 8150. Aside from the name, the certification unsurprisingly confirms that the chip will support multiple Wi-Fi bands and Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy.

In a recent Geekbench listing, the Snapdragon 8150 showed a significant gain in performance over the current Snapdragon 845. To be precise, the new processor scored roughly 1300 extra points on the single-core result and almost 2000 extra on the multi-core result. This puts it slightly ahead of Huawei’s Kirin 980. However, the Snapdragon 8150 still lags behind Apple’s A12 Bionic significantly when it comes to single-core performance.

Considering Qualcomm’s previous launch timeline, the unveiling of the Snapdragon 8150 will likely take place towards mid-December. It won’t be until early March that the chip becomes readily available inside smartphones.

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