Samsung Galaxy S23 benchmark leak pegs Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 a beast

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Samsung Galaxy S23 benchmark leak pegs Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 a beast
In what may be one of the first cases of leaked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile processor benchmarks before Qualcomm announces its full specs list next month, a purported Galaxy S23 has made a cameo on Geekbench, processor core scores in tow.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor benchmarks

The Galaxy S23 (SM-S911U) scores on Geekbench peg the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 as an octa-core affair but with a seemingly rearranged set. Instead of one full-speed core and four smaller cores for the mundane tasks, like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has one large core and three smaller ones, with more and faster cores in the golden middle.

Being made on TSMC's second-gen 4nm processor node, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 can afford peak clock speeds akin to an Apple A-series chipset. It hits 3.36 GHz and, consequently, some very high benchmark scores.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor core distribution

  • 3 x 2.02 GHz
  • 4 x 2.80 GHz
  • 1 x 3.36 GHz

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Apple A16 benchmark test scores

Those faster core clocks led to outstanding first Galaxy S23 benchmark of 1524 in single-core and 4597 points in the multi-core test, respectively. For comparison, the S22 gets a tad above 1200 and 3200 points, respectively.

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Not only that, but the Galaxy S23's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 seems to also be on par with the iPhone 14's Apple A15 processor, at least in the multi-core results, despite being clocked much lower, and it only gives way to the new Apple A16 in the 14 Pro Max.

Geekbench 5 SingleHigher is better
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max1884
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra1157
Geekbench 5 MultiHigher is better
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max5491
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra3307

Not only will the Galaxy S23's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor be very fast, now backed with leaked benchmark evidence, but Qualcomm has reportedly optimized it for efficiency as well.

The second-gen 4nm process of the TSMC's foundries should offer Qualcomm a lot of leeway to fine-tune its power consumption while keeping the performance intact. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, codenamed Kalama, has been given the model number SM8550 and as the Geekbench readings show, its core composition paints a rather unusual picture.

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The Snapdragon 8 gen 2 will reportedly sport one fast Cortex-X3 core that provides a 25% performance boost over the X1 in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 models, as well as two Cortex-A715 and two Cortex-A710 lumped together in a cluster, and three lowkey Cortex-A510 clocked, as can be seen, at a 2.02 GHz maximum.

This way, Qualcomm can turn on and off cores with much more varied power draw/performance ration envelopes, depending on the task at hand, ensuring optimal battery consumption at all times. 

In fact, back in May one leaker informed that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 efficiency tests are going very well, and it has performed better than its direct predecessors in that respect, but we'll save judgment until we get our grubby mitts on a phone with Qualcomm's newest mobile flagship processor that is about to be officially unveiled in November.

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