At the heart of the Snapdragon 845 is the new Kyro 385 CPU, which features four high-performance cores operating at 2.8GHz and four efficiency cores that are dialed back to 1.7GHz.
This means that there should be a 25 percent uplift over the previous generation Snapdragon 835, along with improved power efficiency.
Also, the Snapdragon 845's new Adreno 630 integrated GPU core should deliver a boost in performance over its predecessor with up to a 30 percent increase in graphics throughput, allowing it to become the first mobile platform to enable room-scale VR/AR experiences.
Qualcomm gave a few members of the tech press a few prototype reference devices to play with, and they found the chip proved to be anywhere from 15 to 35 percent faster, depending on workloads and benchmarks and if it is an Apple fanboy who was writing the review [we made that last bit up].
The new chip appeared to be good at doing graphics. Next-generation Android smartphones and other devices based on the Snapdragon 845 are expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month.