The Snapdragon 800 chipset was the most powerful mobile processor of its time. Its successors, the Snapdragon 801 and the 805 continued the tradition, but Qualcomm’s latest commercially available Snapdragon 810, sadly, not only has earned a name for a bad reason (overheating), but also it is no longer the most muscly chipset out there.


Several benchmark tests have shown that Samsung-made Exynos 7420 processor, which powers the company’s latest flagship smartphones Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, is more powerful than the Snapdragon 810. But it seems Qualcomm doesn’t have to look outside the company to find a processor that outpaces its flagship chipset.

The Snapdragon 620, the mobile processor announced earlier this year, which despite being in the 600 series for mid-range devices, apparently is a top powerhouse. Folks at GizmoChina got a chance to pit the processor against both Samsung’s and Qualcomm’s flagship processors, and results were surprising.

Geekbench, a popular benchmarking tool, finds the Snapdragon 620 outperforming the Exynos 7420 and the Snapdragon 810. When tested on a single core, the Snapdragon 620 managed to score 1513 points, compared to the Exynos 7420 which has 1486 points, and the Snapdragon 810 which scored rather badly at 1227.

Even when the test was done to evaluate the chipset’s performance on the multi-core front, the new processor didn’t disappoint. The Snapdragon 620 score 4051 points, compared to 5284 and 4424 by the flagship from Samsung and Qualcomm respectively.

This is great news for Android enthusiasts, as this powerful Snapdragon 620 will likely be used in future mid-range smartphones, upping the segment. The processor sports octa-core (1.8 GHz quad-core Cortex-A72 and 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53) processes coupled with the next-gen Adreno GPU (which is capable of supporting QHD display). The processor also supports 4K video recording and native playback to H.265 media codec.

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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.