Why do you need chipset ranking, and why a Snapdragon processor ranking, specifically? Qualcomm is a popular mobile processor manufacturer and an industry leader. The manufacturer produces chipsets (processors) that span the three broad tiers of the smartphone market – premium flagships, mid-rangers, and the entry-level segments.
Chipset ranking can depend on factors such as the intended use of the chipsets in question, their specific features and capabilities it offers (e.g. network capabilities), and its performance. The ranking provided on this page takes these factors into consideration, but the overriding factor is performance. Of course, the higher a processor ranks in terms of performance, the more capable it is in terms of features. There are always a few exceptions to that rule of course, and there are some processors with higher performance which lack certain features that some lower ranked processors have. that As such, there is no universal way to rank them.
As such, chipset ranking is not an exact science. It is more of a general guide. For more specifics, you have to dig into the specs sheet of each chipset. As this chipset ranking article is specifically about Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, note that sometimes, Qualcomm’s chip naming system is confusing, as you will find some chips with a lower number but with superior capabilities to some other numbered higher. The lists below help to clear away some of that confusion. They also let you see which models are the best and most powerful (which are used in the most expensive smartphones), and which ones are used in cheaper Android phones.
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Premium Flagship Snapdragon Processor Ranking List
This chipset ranking provides the exclusive list of the best Snapdragon processors in the market. Android smartphones using any of these chipsets are the most powerful cell phones in the market in 2022.
- Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 – announced in November 2022
- Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
- Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
- Snapdragon 888+
- Snapdragon 888
- Snapdragon 870
- Snapdragon 865+
- Snapdragon 865
Upper Mid-range Snapdragon Processor Ranking List
A quick note to clarify things about this list. You will find flagship processors from years past listed here, and that is because, in terms of CPU performance today, these older flagship chips fall among the current crop of mid-rangers. As such, they are listed here, because the idea of the lists on this page is to help you with a fair picture of how each processor ranks in terms of CPU performance.
- Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
- Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 – announced in September 2022
- Snapdragon 782G
- Snapdragon 780G
- Snapdragon 778G
- Snapdragon 768G
- Snapdragon 765G
- Snapdragon 765
- Snapdragon 855+
- Snapdragon 860
- Snapdragon 750G
- Snapdragon 855
- Snapdragon 845
- Snapdragon 835
- Snapdragon 695 5G
- Snapdragon 732G
- Snapdragon 720G
- Snapdragon 730G
Lower Mid-range Snapdragon Processor Ranking List
These Snapdragon chipsets provide decent performance for Android smartphones at a lower budget price point.
- Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 – released in September 2022
- Snapdragon 690
- Snapdragon 730
- Snapdragon 480
- Snapdragon 712
- Snapdragon 678
- Snapdragon 710
- Snapdragon 675
- Snapdragon 660
- Snapdragon 670
- Snapdragon 665
- Snapdragon 662
- Snapdragon 460
- Snapdragon 636
- Snapdragon 632
- Snapdragon 630
- Snapdragon 625
- Snapdragon 626
Entry-level Snapdragon Processor Ranking List
- Snapdragon 450
- Snapdragon 439
- Snapdragon 430
- Snapdragon 435
What was the fastest or best Snapdragon processor in 2022?
That honour of best Snapdragon processor went to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. It is built on the 7 nm process and was the best and the fastest Snapdragon processor for most of 2022. It was overthrown when Vivo released the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phone, Vivo X90 Pro+, in December 2022.
What is the fastest or best Snapdragon processor in 2023?
That honour of best Snapdragon processor in 2023 goes to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
The above lists of Snapdragon processor rankings are compiled from information available from Qualcomm and AnTuTu. If we left any out, please leave a comment below to mention its name, and we will fill in the information. For ranking of 5G Qualcomm chipsets, see our Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Processor List. We also have a MediaTek Processor Ranking article, for your convenience.
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