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Qualcomm cleans Apple’s clock

by on03 January 2017

A leaked TuTu benchmark shows Qualcomm’s superiority

A new AnTuTu benchmark for Snapdragon 835 has been leaked online ahead of Qualcomm's announcement at CES 2017.

If the figures are correct, the new 10nm FinFET chip, which is being produced by Samsung will have 27 percent better performance, and 40 percent less power consumption than its predecessor.

ATuTu Benchmark gives the Snapdragon 835 scores 181,434 which is a significant jump over the existing Snapdragon 821 chip.

The unnamed device on which this benchmark score is achieved sports a 5.9-inch 2K display, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage running Android 7.0 Nougat. The Snapdragon 835 is shown (below) as an octa-core processor with an Adreno 540 GPU.

But what the Tame Apple Press is not telling you is that the 835’s score has left Apple's much quoted peak score of 172,644 for its A10 chipset for dead. This is the chip which is in the iPhone 7 Plus.
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Qualcomm is expected to get many design wins for this chip and many of them will end up in phones which are much cheaper than Apple’s iPhone 7. This could mean that for most of next year, Apple will be trying to flog a phone which is slower and sucks up more battery than its lower priced rivals.

This week Apple announced that it was reducing orders for its iPhone 7 by ten percent because it had too much inventory. Given that Apple is believed to have ordered 30 percent less iPhones in the first place means that it looks like the iPhone 7 will sell 40 percent less than the iPhone 6 range.

Meanwhile Qualcomm will be sticking the new chip in the new Galaxy S8 series of phones, as well as other flagships, Microsoft recently announced that full Windows 10 would run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors, and the firm even demoed Photoshop on a device using a Snapdragon 820.


Last modified on 03 January 2017
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