Despite significant improvements over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 cannot compete with Apple. According to rumors, the next-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will fix that with its next-generation Arm Cortex-X4 processor. Geekbench scores suggest it performs remarkably better than expected (1,800/6,500), even beating Apple’s A16 Bionic.

According to a Meeco rumor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will score 1,930 on a single-core test and 6,236 on a multi-core test. As reported by our benchmark database, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’s single-core performance averages 1,491, and its multi-core performance averages 5,164. The overall performance increased by 29% on a single core and 20% on a multi-core.

There is also speculation that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will feature a unique 1+5+2 core configuration, cutting yet another efficiency core from its predecessor. It is reportedly 20% more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, presumably because it is manufactured on TSMC’s N4P process.

This information should be viewed with caution as always. Engineers may be playing with power limits to determine how far they can push the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. In order to keep thermals in check, the final product may have to be nerfed to maintain its performance.