There’s a lot of interest surrounding Qualcomm‘s upcoming Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 mobile chipset, but leaked benchmark scores suggest that it might not be the performance monster that some might have expected it to be. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is expected to be Qualcomm‘s premium mid-range mobile processor for upper-mid-range smartphones. According to earlier leaks, it will include four ARM Cortex-A710 and four ARM Cortex-A510 cores alongside the Adreno 662 GPU. It will go up against MediaTek’s highly powerful and efficient Dimensity 8000 and Dimensity 8100 processors, and is expected to power a slew of phones from several Android vendors this year.
Qualcomm, last year, announced plans to scrap its older naming convention for its mobile SoCs in favor of an entirely new naming scheme. As is evident from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the new names include “a single-digit series and generation number,” and is expected to be standard for all its upcoming offerings. This suggests that the next-gen 7-series SoC will be named Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, although the company is yet to officially confirm it as such. While many potential buyers have been eagerly waiting for smartphones to start shipping with the new chip, today’s news might be a little disappointing for most of them.
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Prolific tipster Digital Chat Station has posted AnTuTu benchmarks scores for Qualcomm‘s upcoming Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip, revealing much lower performance than MediaTek’s comparable chipsets, the Dimensity 8000 and 8001. As reported by Chinese tech blog MyDrivers, the new chip was able to notch up only around 170,000 points in both the CPU and GPU tests on the AnTuTu benchmark. The scores are only slightly higher than the 160,000-odd scored by its predecessor, the Snapdrgaon 778G. If the leaked benchmark is correct, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 will seemingly only be an iterative update over its predecessor rather than the generational shift that some people were hoping for.
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The results are even more disappointing when compared to the Dimensity 8000. The MediaTek chip in the Oppo K10 racked up over 191,000 points in the CPU test and more than 272,000 in the GPU test on the AnTuTu benchmark. Both are significantly higher than what Qualcomm‘s upcoming chip could muster. While the initial benchmarks look far from ideal for Qualcomm, synthetic benchmark results are not always a true indicator of real-world performance, so the chip could still turn out to be better than what these leaks seem to suggest.
The report also seemingly confirms some of the key specifications of the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 that were leaked earlier. According to what appears to be a screenshot of the AIDA64 diagnostic app, the chip comes with four ARM Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2361MHz and four ARM Cortex-A510 cores clocked at up to 1804MHz. The report further claims that Qualcomm is about to start mass production of the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, but there’s no word on when the first phones with the new chip will start shipping. Meanwhile, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus will also soon find its way to new flagship smartphones, and rumors suggest that it will bring some performance improvements over the standard Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.