First Snapdragon 850 Benchmarks Disappoint (Updated)

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile with 29 Comments

Updated: I’ve heard from two credible sources close to Qualcomm that this benchmark does not represent the actual performance of the Snapdragon 850. –Paul

Early Snapdragon 850 benchmarks suggest that Qualcomm’s first PC-centric chipset may not bring hoped-for performance gains.

In a benchmark posted to Geekbench and first spotted by, a Snapdragon 850-based PC scored 2263 in a single core test, a 25 percent improvement over the Snapdragon 835. But the 850-based PC netted only a 7.3 percent gain in a multi-core test, with a score of just 6947, vs. 6475 for the 835.

Qualcomm, you may recall, claimed that the Snapdragon 850 was optimized for performance and should see a 30 percent gain, overall, when compared to the 835. That’s true of both the processor, which runs at a higher clock rate, and the graphics processor.

So. What are we to make of this?

Well, it’s only one test. And Qualcomm, of course, has committed to a long-term strategy of designing custom chipsets for each market it targets. We’ve seen rumors about a coming Snapdragon 1000 as well, and that one may be aimed at desktop PCs.

But this is not good news, for sure. Today’s Snapdragon 835-based PCs are basically a non-starter. And we need to see bigger gains than this.

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