Snapdragon 845 gets benchmarked, scores higher than iPhone X in graphics

From faster performance, to more advanced graphics, and everything in-between, the current crop of Android's finest handsets will soon face their challengers from the next edition of flagships with Snapdragon 845 chipsets. First in line are, needless to say, the processor's foundry masters from Samsung, with their Galaxy S9, but LG, Sony, Xiaomi and others, will certainly be lining up soon thereafter.

So, what are the advantages that Snapdragon 845 alone will sport that could make you switch from your trusted Galaxy S8, LG V30, Xiaomi Mi 6, or even the OnePlus 5T, all of which have Snapdragon 835 chippery inside? Well, let Qualcomm's reference platform with Snapdragon 845 inside answer that for you. It's been put through the benchmark paces, and, while power efficiency and thermal management can't be automatically applied to a commercial device with the chipset, the GPU and other scores can, and they tell a pretty tale when it comes to performance improvements.

Bear in mind that there has been no production node improvement, and both chips are done at 10nm, albeit 845 is cast with the second generation of the process that is always the more refined, and offers higher performance with a similar or lower power draw. Qualcomm claims that "our new Spectra camera and Adreno graphics architectures boost power efficiency by up to 30 percent compared to our previous generations," so significant battery savings compared may come when rendering websites, or performing graphics-intensive tasks and video capture with Snapdragon 845 devices compared to 835 gear.

As you can see from the Snapdragon 845 development platform benchmarks below, the new processor indeed brings huge 20-40% improvement in graphics intensive tasks, and at the same time drawing less power than the GPU in 835. Most graphical benchmarking scores below put the Adreno 630 GPU ahead of the tally from the A11 chipset in the iPhone X, for instance. When it comes to CPU performance, and overall power draw, however, there seem to be only slight improvements over 835, yet we will have to wait and test a retail Snapdragon 845 phone for the full picture.

source: Anandtech

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



2. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

I am excited for "what will happen after 5nm?"..

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

“On par with iphone” nowhere does this article provides evidence that it performs better than the Iphone. “Less power draw” i wonder of android phones will ever use smaller batteries? Have some journalistic integrity and stop with these clickbait headline please. Anyways props to Qualcomm for finally catching up with 2017 iphone chip

7. AViator

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Same. Im puzzled, are they clickbaiting us? On par is not the same as scores higher. So which is it Phonearena?

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

and props to Apple for catching up with a one year older 835

10. TerryD

Posts: 561; Member since: May 09, 2017

Yeah, Apple really caught them off guard last year

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3192; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Look at ALL the tests. Sling Shot 3.1 the SD845 beats the iPhone. Considering how much more efficient iOS is, it's a miracle the SD845 is even close.

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Let the battle commence.

6. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

The A11 generally throttles 35% from its peak performance figures while the 835 maintains full or 90%

12. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

hate to break it to you, but the SD is known to throttle heavily the second testing eyes arent looking. you have it backwards.

34. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Actullay it does throttle more than Exyonse 8895. I played into the dead 2 on my note 8 Exyons 8895 and one plus 5T 8 gig of ram noticed that one plus overheating unlike Note 8 Exyons 8895.

14. grk007

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Dual VOLTE - FTW!! :D

20. ShadowHammer

Posts: 213; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

How many apps out there can't be run at max graphics settings with the SD 835? Or the A11? Sometimes when I read these kinds of articles, it would be nice to have a practical real world reference. Or maybe something that says you can run X app X more minutes at max settings with the SD 845 vs 835. I realize the SD 845 isn't out yet, so it's a lot of conjecture at this point, but it's still irritating.

24. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Great but there is zero demand for faster mobile SoC's, no games or applications take advantage of it. Raw performance became somewhat irrelevant after SN820, hardware will of course always get faster but it's new features and efficiency that's more interesting right now. Things may change moving forward but games have been pretty weak visually for a few years now on mobile, little to no progress has been made.

32. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 746; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Too bad! None of the apps from the playstore gets optimized for the 845!

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