Qualcomm unveiled its quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor earlier this year and the first benchmarks are starting to crop up.
Engadget recently had a chance to give the processor a whirl and published its own benchmarks using Qualcomm’s mobile development platform (MDP) devices. The new processor came away the clear winner. In Quadrant 2.0, the processor notched up a score of 22,022 on a smartphone and a score of 20,762 on a tablet. To put that into comparison, in our own tests we found that the Optimus G Pro, HTC One and Galaxy S4, all of which use a Snapdragon 600 chip, scored 11,858, 11,850 and 12,405, respectively.
The new processor is advertised to offer up to a 75 percent performance boost over the Snapdragon 600-series and each core is now clocked at up to 2.3 GHz. The Snapdragon 800 also features a new Adreno 330 GPU and, while manufacturers may not offer them, support for displays with resolutions up to 2048 x 1536-pixels. It’s unclear exactly what devices will sport the Snapdragon 800, though the Samsung Galaxy Note III is rumored to use the chip.
The Snapdragon 800 series will likely power some of the top tier smartphones and tablets released in the second half of 2013, and it looks like we have a lot to look forward to.