When Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850 chipset back at this year's Computex, it promised a significant 30% boost in performance over current devices running on the Snapdragon 835. This was welcome news as current Windows 10 on ARM devices haven't been especially well-received due to their lackluster performance.
However, early benchmarks seem to indicate that the new SoC may not be able to fully deliver on that promise, as spotted by WinFuture. The results come from GeekBench and pit an unknown Lenovo device reportedly running on the new chipset against the Asus NovaGo, and while the former does have a clear edge, it's not as significant as some may have expected.
The biggest difference is visible in single-core results, where the Lenovo device gets a 2263 score, which is about 25% better than the 1802 points that the NovaGo gets. This isn't very far from the promise made in early June. However, the multi-core results are underwhelming, where the Snapdragon 850 gets 6947 points while the Asus device gets 6475. This means that, when using multiple cores, the performance is only seeing a 7.3% improvement with the newer chipset.
Of course, these are still early results and both Qualcomm and Microsoft might be making more optimizations to improve the performance when Snapdragon 850-powered devices hit the market. We also don't know other specs of this Lenovo device which could be hindering its performance. For now, though, it looks this may not be the generational leap some have been hoping for.