Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 gets benchmarked on Geekbench

Quite an odd core configuration!

Back in June, we got to know the core configuration of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset that is going to power a majority of Android flagships in the first half of 2023. The report revealed that the chip features a 1 + 2 + 2 + 3 core configuration which is different from the 1 + 3 + 4 configuration we have seen for the past few years. Today, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was benchmarked on Geekbench, and the benchmark is from a Samsung smartphone.

The model number of the phone is “SM-S911U”. Since the model number of Galaxy S22 is “SM-S901U”, it is suspected that this device is the upcoming Galaxy S23. Interestingly, the Geekbench page still reveals the same 1 + 3 + 4 core arrangement as the current Snapdragon 8 series SOCs. But, it is also possible that Geekbench misread two Cortex-A710 and two Cortex-A715 as the same cluster, as per @AnilGanti. The Cortex-A715 was unveiled in June and offered the same performance but with 20% better power efficiency than Cortex-A710.

Speaking of the other cores, there is one prime Cortex-X3 core that, as per Geekbench, is clocked at up to 3.36GHz. Finally, there are three Cortex-A510 cores clocked at up to 2.02GHz.

The Geekbench listing also reveals the codename of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 – “kalama.” The GPU is Adreno 740.

Speaking of benchmark scores, the chip scored around 1500 on single-core and 4600 on multi-core. So there is some noticeable performance boost over the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which scores around 1300 on single-core and 4200 on multi-core. And these scores are still lower than those of the Apple A15 Bionic, which debuted with the iPhone 13 series. So, it seems like the Snapdragon chipsets are still almost two generations behind the Apple chipsets.

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