Snapdragon 898 Early Benchmarks Reveal 20% Boost in Performance, But Cooling Could Become a Concern

Ahead of the official launch event, details of the upcoming Qualcomm flagship processor have leaked online. 


Qualcomm, earlier this year, unveiled the Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC. The new mobile processor from Qualcomm is a flagship offering that is packed inside premium phones like the Mi Mix 4, Honor Magic 3 series, etc. Its prime core CPU gets boosted to 2.995GHz, compared to 2.84GHz on the SD888 SoC. The Plus variant also gets 20 per cent improved AI performance over the SD888 SoC. Qualcomm is now rumoured to launch the successor to the Snapdragon 888 SoC. Dubbed Snapdragon 898, the SoC could be unveiled later this year at the Qualcomm Summit in December. Ahead of the official launch event, details of the upcoming Qualcomm flagship processor have leaked online. 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 SoC benchmark details tipped

Qualcomm could unveil the Snapdragon 898 SoC later this year. Ahead of the launch, some key details of the flagship processor have been tipped. Tipster Digital Chat Station revealed that the chip has the model number SM8450 and is based on a 4nm fabrication. Qualcomm is said to be working with Samsung for production. The tipster further notes that the chip shows a 20 per cent performance boost over Snapdragon 888 SoC. That being said, it is said to be prone to heating issues – something that already exists on the current Snapdragon 888 series of chips.

It would be interesting to see how Qualcomm manages to curb down the heating in its next flagship. Despite several OEMs launching devices with cooling systems/ thermal heat management systems, these devices with Snapdragon 888 SoC are still getting hot.

Previously, it was reported that SD898 will have a new X2 Prime Core. Qualcomm’s next flagship chip is said to feature four efficiency cores, with two configured with a high-frequency clock and two with lower frequencies. The three cores in the middle of the structure would be the main performance cores, which would be further supported by the one, peak performance core. It is the latter that is expected to feature the ARM X2 core clocked at 3.09GHz. 

The peak performance core based on the ARM X2 core is said to be called Kryo 780 Super. The Kryo 780 efficiency cores would be based on the ARM Cortex A510. Each of these is based on the 64-bit ARM v9 core architecture, which is the latest generation of ARM’s processing core technology. You can click here to know more about the upcoming chip.