Qualcomm has made quite a few product appearances this year. Most of the flagship smartphones of 2017 are powered by its high-end processor, Snapdragon 835. The company is expected to follow this lineup with Snapdragon 845 next year. Qualcomm, however, hasn’t confirmed anything yet, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor-mill from churning. According to a report by Wccftech, the processor even showed up on Geekbench last weekend. What’s even more interesting is that the processor managed to beat the score of Apple’s A9 chipset.

Snapdragon 845 beats Apple A9, reports

The report suggests that Qualcomm’s (yet to be announced) Snapdragon 845 processor has managed to beat Apple’s A9 chipset in single-core performance. The company’s flagship chipset has secured a score of over 2600 in Geekbench’s single-core benchmark test. This is way more than what Apple’s A9 chipset scored. This doesn’t necessarily come across as good news. Apple released its A9 chipset with the launch of iPhone 6 and 6S back in 2015. This makes it roughly two years since the launch. At the same time, Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s 2018 flagship chipset. Therefore, even if it manages to beat A9, it’s not such a great achievement. Most of the leading Android smartphones will come powered by Snapdragon 845.

If Qualcomm wishes to beat Apple at some point, they will have to come up with options that are worthy of competition. The Cupertino giant is has launched iPhone 8 launch on September 12. The handset is powered by the A11 chipset. The device has featured cutting-edge specs and features.

Qualcomm might not be launching Snapdragon 836

Qualcomm is lagging way behind as it is planning on ditching Snapdragon 836 lineup altogether. Prolific leaker, Evan Blass had stated that Qualcomm won’t be introducing Snapdragon 836 chipset this year. The company – according to him – is rebranding its chipset and will launch it towards the end of next year.

The piece of information cannot be taken as entirely true because the company hasn’t confirmed it. But if it does turn out to be true, then Google’s upcoming Pixel line-up will greatly suffer. One of its main highlights was going to be Snapdragon 836 chipset. This would have given them an upper hand over rest of the flagship smartphones launched this year. The list includes Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, OnePlus 5 and Nokia 8. Overall both the processors are really powerful and top-end processors.