Snapdragon 850 for Windows 10
Image Courtesy: Qualcomm.com

Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced Snapdragon 850 processor for Windows 10 on ARM devices and this new chip is apparently more powerful than the predecessor Snapdragon 835. The Geekbench listing has revealed even more information about the Snapdragon 850.

“Building on the portfolio of Always On, Always Connected PCs established over the past year, we are thrilled to work with Samsung to help offer consumers true mobility combined with the productivity and entertainment features of Windows 10,” Qualcomm said in a statement published earlier this year.

The report claims that Snapdragon 850 would offer a 30% improvement over the Snapdragon 835 in terms of CPU performance when it’s running Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803). While it may sound like a moderate improvement over the current generation Always Connected PCs, the reality might actually be better.

SD850 benchmark

Technically, Geekbench is not native Windows ARM software, so it is a benchmark running in emulation. That means we require native benchmarks to estimate Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 performance. Given that Geekbench is not a native ARM software, the actual performance of SD850 would be far better than SD835.

  • JohnW

    I would expect a greater improvement as this is roughly what I would expect from the 845.

  • TSSanJose

    You always compare apple to apple and orange to orange.

    1) Geekbench using emulation for SnapDragon 835 vs Geekbench using emulation for SnapDragon 850.
    2) Native Geekbench on SnapDragon 835 vs Native GeekBench on SnapDragon 850.
    3) Emulated Geekbench on SnapDragon 835 vs Native GeekBench on SnapDragon 850.
    4) Native Geekbench on SnapDragon 835 vs Emulated GeekBench on SnapDragon 850.

    At this point we know only 1 (30%) and do not know 2,3 and 4.
    3 and 4 above are not valid comparisons.
    As for 2, both SnapDragon 835 and 855 will have their performance increased when GeekBench goes native. Unless you have specific technical insights to believe SnapDragon 835 will not have the same performance increase as SnapDragon 850 in native GeekBench, it is not fair to say that it will be better than 30% – it could even be worse – who knows?

  • Jaime A.G.

    Snapdragon 845 achieves 2400 points in single core and 8100 in multicore on Android, on Windows 10 ARM it gets 1350 in single core and 4300 in multi core, (and it’s slightly overclocked in the Windows version). Almost half of the performance is WASTED.

    And now 850 still doesn’t reach 845’s Android performance… Windows needs to be put on diet asap!

    • scoob101

      No, it doesn’t. Backward compatibility is of paramount importance given Microsoft`s Core business. Comparing a mobile OS with a Desktop OS is pointless.

      You cant just start pulling out huge swathes of code to optimise the OS without thinking of the implications.

      • Jaime A.G.

        Windows 7 and 8.1 are equally compatible with software (7 a bit more) and are faster than win10. Looks like the telemetry BS is to blame here, remove that and you have a snappy, and less resource demanding win10.