System-Wide Testing and Gaming

For our system wide tests, we had time to go through Geekbench 5, PCMark, and GFXBench. For workload based testing, we see performance uplifts with the S8g1, and it is a noting that here we tested PCMark with both performance mode on and off, which gave a +10% increase in the score – we’ve seen this before running PCMark on both Arm and x86 devices where turbo and favored cores can have large effects on scores. By contrast, GB5 scored the same.

GeekBench 5

PCMark Work 3.0 - PerformancePCMark Work 3.0 - Web Browsing 3.0PCMark Work 3.0 - Video EditingPCMark Work 3.0 - WritingPCMark Work 3.0 - Photo EditingPCMark Work 3.0 - Data Manipulation

In our PCMark tests, it's clear who the new ruler of the roost is.

GFXBench Aztec Ruins - High - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screenGFXBench Aztec Ruins - Normal - Vulkan/Metal - Off-screenGFXBench Manhattan 3.1 Off-screen

On the graphics side, Qualcomm’s new number-less Adreno that is advertised as being ‘new from the ground up (but we won’t tell you how)’ again offers generational improvements for next year’s Android flagships. Qualcomm historically also offers better graphics performance per watt, so we’ll have to wait until we get the devices on hand to showcase that data. But overall, the gains in these tests show a large +50% performance jump over previous generation S888 graphics performance. In 2022, we'll have MediaTek’s flagship trying to aim for the same market but based on the Mali GPU, and graphics is an area that Qualcomm historically outpaces Mali designs quite easily. The only serious competitor in this space is Apple.

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  • back2future - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - link

    Thank you and best wishes
  • skavi - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - link

    Also is there anywhere I could read up on the characteristics of each of the MLPerf benchmarks?
  • ChrisGX - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - link

    These might help:
  • lemurbutton - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - link

    Boring. Until Qualcomm can do something custom, instead of just using stock ARM cores, it's not interesting.

    As usual, it's far slower than iPhones. People are getting ripped off when they buy slower Android hardware instead of iPhones.
  • cknobman - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - link

    There are plenty of other, more important, drawbacks to buying (renting) and iPhone.

    True the processer performance is not as fast as Apple but I'm on a S865 and have yet to find a situation where it was "slow" or not fast enough.
    So in the grand scheme these performance metrics dont mean much other than bragging rights.

    I'd rather own a device that I have the freedom to do whatever I want to with than have "benchmark bragging rights" and be told what I'm allowed to do on a device Apple thinks I technically "rent" from them.
  • Alistair - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - link

    Everything said you said is true about iPhones being locked down. But if the speed doesn't matter, then you can buy a $300 Android Phone. There's no justification for expensive Android phones.
  • t.s - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - link

    Well, I bought Redmi Note 9 Pro with 2 A76 and 6 A55, and still happy with it. Not a speed monster, but for my everyday use, it's sufficient.
  • Meteor2 - Friday, December 17, 2021 - link

    Yep Pixel 4a XL here. Never wants for performance, and the software is fantastic.

    It's interesting to see how far the performance and efficiency of these tiny, low-power processors can be pushed, but it's pretty academic. Nobody uses them for AAA games or compiling.
  • Kangal - Sunday, December 19, 2021 - link

    The Samsung A52-S is the flagship killer.

    It has a SoC that's faster than the QSD 888+ after it throttles, great battery life, display, and adequate cameras. The 3-year software updates, IP67 waterproofing, nice hardware, and premium features like microSD and Headphone Jack are just icing on the cake. During Black Friday sales, you could snag one direct from Samsung for USD $300 which is a steal. There's a good reason Samsung is trying to phase it out so soon, while they downgrade the successor A53 in the coming months.

    Worthy competitors are the Samsung S20-fe and OnePlus 8t, but overall the A52-S is still the winner.

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