Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 Will Be a Graphical Powerhouse

It appears that 2018’s flagship smartphones will come with some serious graphical power across the board, courtesy of Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 processor, which comes with the new Adreno 630 GPU.

As expected, Adreno 630 brings a major performance boost compared to Adreno 540 from last year, while also getting more power-efficient than before. According to benchmarks published by AnandTech, the difference is more than confirmed.


The GPU comes with a 30-percent gain in output, while also being efficient by the same amount. It also comes with a 2.5X quicker display output. Apple’s A11 Bionic Processor is its biggest competitor, beating it on a few benchmarks.

Overall, the processor is said to be 25-percent faster than its predecessor, Snapdragon 835, as seen in the Geekbench 4 and AnTuTu benchmarks. In Geekbench 5, it did lose out to the Apple A11 Bionic by 15-percent. However, it came back strong in the 3D Mark test, which measures graphical performance, by performing 32-percent better.


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About Snapdragon 845

The chipset comes with 8 cores arranged in two quad-core configurations. As expected, four of those are power efficient Kryo 385 Silver cores, while the remaining more powerful Kryo 385 Gold ones are used only when needed.

Not a lot of details about the GPU were released, though, it is said to be clocked around the 670-710 MHz mark, and is 20-percent more efficient.

The chip gives us an idea of what to expect in most of the 2018 flagships, including the Samsung Galaxy S9 duo. With features like Gigabit LTE, it seems poised to give impressive performance in upcoming phones, though, Samsung’s Exynos 9810 (which is built on the same 10nm LPP procedure) might be tough to beat for the chipmaker.