Benchmark results are not direct indication about real-life performance, but it’s still a general indication about the performance level of a computing unit compared to others. In the mobile industry, AnTuTu score is the most commonly used benchmark service for comparison. Latest benchmark result is quite impressive, because Qualcomm’s next mid-range SoC, the Snapdragon 775G is only 6 percent slower than its current flagship, the Snapdragon 865. A Weibo user tweeted AnTuTu results about a prototype device that runs Snapdragon 875 chipset. The device scores 740,000 points, which is 28 percent higher than the Snapdragon 865+ that scores 600,000 points with AnTuTu. The Snapdragon 865+ is the best chipset that Qualcomm is currently offering and it will remain that way until the beginning of 2021. Because the Snapdragon 875 is a transition from 7nm to 5nm manufacturing process, it makes sense that performance jump is around 28 percent. Qualcomm’s upcoming chip uses the 5nM EUV manufacturing technology, developed by Samsung.
With the smaller miniaturization, it is possible to cram more transistors in each square millimetre of the die. A more advanced manufacturing process will also ensure better performance and energy efficiency compared to the current Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+. The Snapdragon 775G will be a gaming-centred mid-range chipset. Devices with this chipset are definitely cheaper than those with Snapdragon 875. For gamers, the mid-range chipset can provide excellent value for the price. They can get near flagship performance for reduced pricing. It’s quite interesting, because the current Snapdragon 765G delivers 316,534 points with AnTuTu benchmarking tool. That’s a massive 67 percent hike and the performance boost is definitely noticeable among avid gamers. We can expect the official introduction of Snapdragon 875 and Snapdragon 775G in Qualcomm’s next official event. In the same time, Xiaomi will introduce two new flagship models the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro. It is possible that these devices will have Snapdragon 875 inside.
We could also speculate that HMD Global’s future flagship, the Nokia 10 PureView will also have the high-performance chipset under the hood. The A14 Bionic chipset currently used by the Apple iPhone 12 devices also has 5nm manufacturing process. With the advanced miniaturization, Apple is able to put 11.8 billion transistors inside the chip, compared to A13 Bionic with 8.5 billion transistors. The Huawei Kirin 9000 is another 5nm chipset, currently found in the Mate 40 series. TSMC has delivered 8.8 million Kirin 9000 chips and it will continue to flood the mobile market in 2021. Due to the US ban on Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer is looking for ways to reduce reliance on western technology. Back to the Snapdragon 875, it is an octa-core platform with one high-performance Cortex X1 core, three mid-performance Cortex A78 cores and four efficient Cortex A55 core. Back in September, we received reports that the Snapdragon 775G will use 6nm manufacturing process. It is a sufficiently capable chipset with support for 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage and 120Hz display refresh rate.