Correct, in the same way even Ye Olde iPhone 6 would be a better smartphone option for most people, since the performance is dramatically and obviously better.
The problem with Qualcomm is that for the entire history of computing the story has been this:
Every year, computers get dramatically faster and cheaper!
But for the last 5 years, if your device is from Qualcomm -- and good fucking luck buying any Android device that isn't from Qualcomm -- the story has been..
Every year, computers get .. barely faster and barely cheaper!
To the average person today, a smartphone is all the computer they need, and maybe all the computer they will ever use. So if anything is carrying the banner for computing right now, it's smartphones, in the pocket of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Not tiny obscenely fast cheap computing devices, as the entire history of computing would dictate, but .. tiny .. slow.. cheap computing devices, courtesy of Qualcomm.
I definitely acknowledge, to @jsnell's point, that there is a place where more CPU power becomes not that important, because you have obscene amounts already. We're there on desktops for sure and have been for 5-7 years. But on mobile? Far from it. Far far far far from.
I said from the beginning that my standard is, my smartphone should eventually be as fast as an ultrabook. If your standards are lower than that, then fine, you have low standards. Con-fucking-gratulations.
When it comes to the history of computing, and computers in general, which I think it's fair to say I have basically dedicated my life to -- I have high standards. Look me up on Wikipedia if you question my commitment to what I do and the motivation for what I do. I apologize to nobody and no one for giving a shit about this stuff. Because to me, it matters.
Computers get wildly faster and smaller all the time. That is an industry truism, an essential part of what makes computers great, in every form ... unless the sign outside your company reads "Qualcomm".
A Geekbench single core score of ~1900, the BEST FUCKING RESULT that Qualcomm can muster today -- and barely an improvement over the ~1500-1600 result they had 2 years ago, is FAR from good much less great in terms of day to day computing performance. Forget "obscene" performance, you'd need an iPhone 8 and A11 SoC for that.