Qualcomm’s current top-dog chipset – the Snapdragon 888+ is only a few weeks old at this point. It is essentially a Snapdragon 888 with a slightly overclocked prime core. A proper next-gen chip is already in the works – the Snapdragon 898 or 895. It is yet to be made official, but has already been featured in a few leaks. The latest one comes from GeekBench, where a mysterious vivo prototype is apparently already testing the new silicon.
The vivo V2102A model number is not one that we can associate with an existing device and understandably so, since this is clearly a prototype build. One that has its CPU cores clocked lower than expected. The device in question seems to be running the new Cortex-X2 Super Core at 2.42GHz, the three Cortex-A710 Power cores at up to 2.17GHz and its four efficiency Cortex-A510 ones at up to 1.79GHz. All the while, we already know from leaks that he Cortex-X2 core in the Snapdragon 898 or 895, depending on where Qualcomm lands on the naming, should go up to 3.09 GHz – higher still than the overclocked X1 core inside the Snapdragon 888+.
The three-lettered “big” and “LITTLE” cores are actually the first to rock an ARMv9 design and promise up to 30% better energy efficiency, whereas the X2 core should be 16% faster than its X1 predecessor. The Snapdragon 898/895 itself will likely be using Samsung’s 4nm manufacturing process to pack a next-gen Adreno 730 GPU, as well as a new X65 5G modem, capable of up to 10 Gbps speeds alongside the other component inside the chip. We are also expecting to see an upgraded ISP and NPU.
It is no secret that several Chinese manufacturers are already hard at work testing the next flagship Snapdragon, so we can probably expect more such leaks in the days and weeks to come, leading up to the finish of the “first with a Snapdragon 898 chipset” race.