Someone out there is testing an unknown mid-range phone codenamed "Heart," and it has a 16% lead in speed on the Oppo F3 Plus and is just 15% shy of the Samsung Galaxy S8+, according to GSM Arena.
The unknown device contains Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 660. The SoC uses eight-core Kryo 260 CPU and performs up to 20% higher performance than Snapdragon's prior generation, the 653, which the Oppo F3 Plus mid-range phone contains. The 660 is also built on a 14 nm process for efficiency and uses Hexagon 680 DSP to improve performance and battery life.
Qualcomm's new mid-range SoC was benchmarked on Geekbench 4.1 with a score of 5,455 in the multi-core test compared to the Galaxy S8+ which came in at 6,301, or 15% higher. The Snapdragon 653, which powers the Oppo F3 Plus, came in at 4,695 in the same test, which is 16% lower than the 660.
Heart was also tested on GeekBench 4.1 with a 10% increase in single-core performance over the Oppo F3 Plus. The device benchmarked at 1,588, while the S8+ tested in at 1,832 and the F3 Plus at 1,438.
Both tests reveal a pretty decent bump in speed for Qualcomm's latest mid-range SoC. Snapdragon 660 is right under 835, meaning that whatever device 660 ties itself could be a decent runner-up to the Galaxy S8+.
We'll have to wait for Snapdragon 660 devices to hit the market. And we're yet to see the Snapdragon 630 perform, but it uses low-power Cortex-A53 cores so we don't expect any major improvements in performance. This means the 660 might be the mid-range chipset to have.
The 630, which is also coming out, is the successor to the Snapdragon 626. To learn more about the new Snapdragon 630 and 660 SoCs, check out Qualcomm's breakdown of the new technologies, which bring even more flagship-style features in the 600-tier processor series to mid-range devices.