At present, smartphones that need to support 5G using a solution from Snapdragon need to be using the company's 855 chipset paired with an external X50 modem. While this implementation works, it is not an ideal situation for manufacturers looking to save space inside a handset chassis wherever they can. Unfortunately, if news from earlier in the year holds true, then a Snapdragon SoC integrating 5G into the same package won't be available until next year in the form of the Snapdragon 865.
Now, it appears that the Snapdragon 865 may have been spotted over on Geekbench according to results uploaded in the last couple of days. With a model name of Qualcomm Kona, the chipset comes in another variant known as Huracan according to earlier reports.
As far as the Kona is concerned, it packs a total of eight processing cores with a base clock of 1.8GHz and 6GB RAM, enabling it to rack up a single-core score of 4,149 and a multi-core score falling just short of 13,000. If these results are to be believed, they certainly best those achieved by the Snapdragon 855 as found in the Samsung Galaxy S10+ which managed single- and multi-core scores of 3,520 and 11,177 respectively by around 15-18%.
Of course, it remains to be seen as to what actually materializes next year but there definitely is something on the horizon in way of a fully integrated mobile platform with 5G connectivity, according to Qualcomm's announcement earlier this year.