A Qualcomm development board with the company’s next-generation Snapdragon 835 mobile SoC has been spotted on the GFXBench benchmark database. In addition to giving us an idea of what to expect from the new Adreno 540 GPU, the listing confirms that the Snapdragon 835 will indeed be an octa-core SoC, with a clock speed of 2.2 GHz.
In the high-level test, the Adreno 540 GPU managed to score 41.4 fps (Offscreen) in Manhattan 3.1 Open GL ES3.1, 61.8 fps (Offscreen) in Manhattan OpenGL ES 3.0, and 114.9 fps (Offscreen) in T-Tex OpenGL ES 2.0. These scores suggest the new Adreno 540 GPU is around 30% more powerful than the Adreno 530 GPU inside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. Qualcomm made significant improvements in graphics performance this year with the Adreno 530, and it looks like things will continue to go up significantly with the Adreno 540 GPU next year.
Since GFXBench does not reflect CPU performance, it remains to be seen if the Snapdragon 835 will be a significant improvement over the Snapdragon 821 and Snapdragon 820 SoCs in terms of processing power. However, with twice the number of cores and a more advanced 10nm manufacturing process, we do expect it to boast of impressive performance gains in terms of CPU performance as well.
The first smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset are expected to be made official early next year. Two of the first Snapdragon 835-powered smartphones are expected to be the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Xiaomi Mi 6. Asus too is rumored to announce a new flagship powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC at its Zennovation event at CES 2017.