Earlier this month, we found Snapdragon X Elite CPU benchmarks on Geekbench. It was being tested out on a prototype model. Now, we’ve stumbled upon a mysterious Lenovo hardware that looks like it’s using a different SKU of the Snapdragon X Elite. This makes us think Qualcomm might create multiple SKUs for the Snapdragon X Elite.

Qualcomm has been working with Microsoft to build powerful ARM-based chips for Windows for nearly a decade. And it has seen significant advancements in the past few years, leading to the creation of a new lineup called “Snapdragon X”. The new Snapdragn X Elite offers major upgrades:

  • It has 12 cores that can run up to speeds of 3.8 GHz, and even faster at 4.3 GHz for one or two cores at a time.
  • Qualcomm Adreno, up to 4.6 TFLOPs (trillion floating-point operations per second, which means this GPU is capable of executing up to 4.6 trillion floating-point operations every second or doing 4.6 trillion things).
  • It also has a smart brain for AI tasks, with the ability to perform 45 trillion operations per second.
  • The chip can work with up to 64GB of very fast memory and different types of storage, including the latest SSDs and memory cards.
  • It supports a 64MP camera for great photos and 4K videos, and even two 36MP cameras at the same time. For the internet, it uses the latest Snapdragon X65 5G modem and supports the newest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies.

But is Qualcomm planning to settle with just one variant of the Snapdragon X Elite lineup? That doesn’t appear to be the case.

Multiple SKUs for Snapdragon X Elite, and another Snapdragon X chip in the works?

We’ve spotted a new Lenovo device on Geekbench, known as Lenovo 83ED, and it uses a different Snapdragon X Elite SKU, hinting that Qualcomm is planning to release more types of Snapdragon X Elite chips. It also looks like there could be multiple SKUs for Snapdragon X chips (Elite and ?).

In this Geekbench listing, the leaked Lenovo 83ED device is powered by a different X Elite SKU (X1E78100) than the Qualcomm ZH-WXX (X1E80100), which was previously spotted in another benchmark earlier this month.

Snapdragon X Elite SKUs
Two SKUs of Snapdragon X Elite | Image Courtesy: WindowsLatest / Created using MS Paint

In addition to different SKUs in the X Elite lineup, it looks like Qualcomm has been internally testing multiple “Snapdragon X” branded SKUs for Windows 11, with “X Elite” being one of them. The high-end version is called Snapdragon X Elite, and there could be another version in the works, Snapdragon X (?), which might be a bit less powerful.

Chip Single-core Multi-core
Apple M1 2334 8316
Apple M2 2589 9742
Apple M3 3181 15620
X Elite SKU 1 1628 11392
X Elite SKU 2 2574 12562

Qualcomm first showed off the Snapdragon X Elite last October, but there were still many questions. For example, people wondered if there would be more versions.

The new information from the leaked benchmarks suggests that Qualcomm plans to add multiple SKUs and more chips other than X Elite to the lineup. While we don’t know everything about the new Snapdragon X chip, it might be similar to the X Elite but adjusted for different needs.

Comparing the numbers with Apple

We found six different scores for the Snapdragon X Elite chip on Geekbench. These scores show how this new chip in different states is catching up with the Apple M3 chip.

The best score for the Snapdragon X Elite was a single-core score of 2,574 and a multi-core score of 12,562. This means it’s really good at doing lots of tasks at the same time. Other tests had slightly lower scores, which might be because of different settings on the prototype during the tests.

When we compare this to the Apple M3 chip in the newest MacBook Pro, the M3 has higher scores. It got 3,181 for single-core tasks and 15,620 for doing many things at once. The M3 chip has 12 cores, just like the Snapdragon, and works at a speed of 4.05 GHz.

Even though the Apple M3 does better in these tests, it’s important to remember the Snapdragon tests were done on a prototype device using an early version of Windows 11. This means the Snapdragon chip might do better in a finished product.

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