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.

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

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22 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1788; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Waiting patiently for this to be married to my S10 and Galaxy Fold up phone!

2. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

apple chip always remains ahead and the same story still continue...

3. scarface21173

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yeah in benchmarks not in real world side by side.

16. c.m.s

Posts: 216; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

All depends what kind of workload you put it through. Opening simple social apps is hardly a CPU intensive task. If we are talking about raw performance of the chip there is no question about it that Apple is way ahead of the competition. Go read Anandtechs indepth review of the XS and see the SPEC2006 result (a more complex/demanding CPU benchmark than Geekbench), A12 is _really_ impressive. That said, most people do not need that kind of power, for checking instagram and fb :)

17. cmdacos

Posts: 3739; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

99% of people to be more clear...

19. xfire99

Posts: 1203; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Unless both chip are tested on same conditions, Same OS/hardwares/RAM/flashdrive etc... and you never know its potential.

4. Fred3

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I'm not sure about that Apple chips were always 2 years ahead but now 1 year ahead. I'll give it 2 or 3 years Snapdragon chips will pass Apple's.

5. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The technology will peak and level off. Software will be the focus at some point. Just look at smartphone cameras.

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Not true at all. The technology will not peak off if they get better materials. Your speculation has no merit.

11. scarface21173

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I would say 6 month ahead now, snapdragon 7nm chip will be released feb maybe march.

9. alaw.14

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Actually this sd chip will most likely smack the a12 in gpu power and have very similar cpu performance.

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Probably not but I hope it does the a12 is great chip. Best so far.

14. alaw.14

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Without a doubt it will, since the adreno 630 was more powerful than the a11's gpu. Its just a cycle.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wish Qualcomm would go all out with GPU Their 845 just has a 2 core GPU (about 10mm2 10LPP) The A12 and A11 have 4 core and 3 core GPUs (about 15mm2 7FF and 15mm2 10FF) If the Adreno 640 has a 4 core GPU (about 15mm2 7FF like the A12) it would be in a league of its own But I reckon the Adreno 640 (about 10mm2 7FF) will be a 3 core GPU with a big lead over the A12 (but not enough to lead the A13)

18. alaw.14

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Yeah thats true, they switched from the 4 core designed adreno 540. But they still managed to increase the performance of over 30%. The adreno 630 is very close to 1 teraflop. Very efficient how it manages to achieve 727 gflops being one smallest gpu's out there.

10. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Shut your dumb mouth. Troll bitching for reaction sake.

6. Elvis358

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

And the logic of that name change? Why so complicated 8150 why not 850 or 855?

7. tyger11

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Because now it's about 9 times better! :)

8. Fred3

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

They said it will get people confused with the PC's 850 chips

20. Elvis358

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Well they messed that up by calling PC's chips 850 instead of some other 4 diget number!

21. ryugathewolf87

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 07, 2018

Still lags?! The Android is a more complex, heavier and a more complete OS than iOS, therefore, if the Apple A12 Bionic made use of the Android as OS it would have a inferior score as have now. Less some 900 pts in Geekbench in single-core, some 3900 pts the same as the Snapdragon 8150 which still is in tests, still is a prototype.

22. ryugathewolf87

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 07, 2018

Let the 2nd version of Pocophone come out in the next year with the Snapdragon 8150 and will see that if the next Pocophone won't be as fast or faster than 2018 iPhone line.

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