World’s first SD855 smartphone benchmarks kill the competition

When Qualcomm
announced the new Snapdragon 855 last month, they promised that the new 7nm
chip would be significantly more powerful than the Snapdragon 845 and would
also give Huawei’s Kirin 980 and Apple A12 a run for their money. While it’s
easy to get excited about claims like that, we’ve been waiting for some
real-world numbers to back them up.

Thanks to today’s unveiling of the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, we can now get a better look at howmuch more powerful Qualcomm’s new chip actually is.

During the Z Pro GT’s unveiling, Lenovo shared some numbers, revealing that the phone managed to score a mind-boggling 368,480 points onAntutu. When compared to the Antutu benchmark numbers of the iPhone XS, the Lenovo Z Pro GT has a 3-5% performance advantage. But that gap grows to 20% when matched up against devices running the Kirin 980 and there’s an astounding 25% gap when you look at devices running the Snapdragon 845.

To be fair, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT’s Antutu benchmark numbers area little skewed since the benchmarked device was equipped with 12GB of RAM. By removing the RAM “advantage” that the phone has over its competitors, Antutubelieves that the phone would still manage a score in the 360,000 point range. Even with this drop, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is still the most powerful smartphone to be benchmarked by Antutu and should give us a good baseline for how other Android smartphones running the Snapdragon 855 should perform. For those who don’t know, a leaked Antutu benchmark score for the upcoming Samsung GalaxyS10 surfaced recently with a score of 343,051. Since the device isn’t expected to make its debut for at least two more months, those scores couldeasily reach 360,000 as the software is finalized and performance optimizationsare made.

While few of you will likely be buying the new Lenovo Z5 ProGT, the performance numbers we’re seeing from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 lookpromising. The new chipset will deliver incredibly powerful smartphones in 2019 and the new 7nm manufacturing process will also give those devices improved battery life.

What’s your take on the performance of the new Snapdragon
855? Do you think it’ll be worth upgrading from a high-end 2018 smartphone to
one running a SD855 in 2019? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT features 12GB of RAM, SD 855, hidden front-facing cameras

Say hello to the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. The phone itself isn’t much to look at, but its internals are really what we should be focusing on. The device is the world’s first smartphone to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and it’s also the world’s first smartphone with 12GB of RAM. But that’s not all. The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is built with a sliding display which hides two front-facing cameras which means you get a true edge-to-edge display which isn’t marred by a notch or punch-hole. 

The other specifications of the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT include a 6.39-inch 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED display, 512GB of storage, 16MP + 24MP dual cameras on the back, 16MP + 8MP (infrared) cameras on the front, 3,350mAh battery, dual nano SIM slots, USB-C port and NFC. 

Lenovo Z Pro GT pricing and availability

Despite the late-2018 announcement, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT doesn’t actually go on sale until the end of January 2019. Lenovo will be selling the base models of the Z5 Pro GT (6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage) for 2,698 yuan ($390 USD) and the top of the line model with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for 4,398 yuan ($640 USD). Pre-orders will begin on January 15th and the device will officially go on sale January 24th in China. Lenovo plans on bringing the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT to other Asian and European markets, but there’s little chance tht it will make it to North America.