First battery benchmarks show Snapdragon 800 is a frugal beast

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 1, 2013

galaxy s4 lte-a snapdragon 800 3d battery test feature

The new LTE-A version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was compared to its competitors in a series of benchmarks. The results show that the Snapdragon 800 version consumes the same or less power than the Exynos 5 Octa version and other competitors.

A Korean website tested the battery life of the new LTE-A version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the first device powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor. Playwares put the Galaxy S4 LTE-A SHV-E330S, which launched last week and is a South Korea exclusive, through a web browsing test, a video playback test, and a 3D benchmark, in order to see how the Snapdragon 800 processor fares against competitors.

To standardize the test conditions, Playwares used a Konica Minolta Display Color Analyzer and set the displays of the devices to the same brightness. The phones were tested at both 100% brightness and at roughly 230 cd/m2 luminance.

In the WiFi test, the Snapdragon 800 Galaxy S4 variant scored about the same results as the Exynos 5 Octa variant – the Exynos lasted just 2 minutes longer at full brightness, while the S800 outlasted the Exynos by 1 minute at 230 cd/m2. Both versions scored poorly compared to other devices. Web browsing is generally the most demanding activity for devices equipped with AMOLED displays, due to the prevalence of power-sapping white backgrounds.

galaxy s4 lte-a snapdragon 800 wifi browsing battery test

The two devices registered similar scores in the video playback test as well. In this test, both the Exynos and the Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S4 lasted longer than their competitors, except the Note 2, which took the first place with over an hour more.

galaxy s4 lte-a snapdragon 800 video battery test

Finally, Playwares ran the Battery Test program of the GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt HD benchmark suite. In this test, the Snapdragon 800 clearly outlasted the Exynos 5 Octa version – 3h:35m:24s over 2h:46m:37s, which translates to 25% more battery life. The Snapdragon 800-equipped Galaxy S4 LTE also did well when compared to devices powered by the Snapdragon 600 chip, like the Optimus G Pro or the Pantech Vega Iron.

galaxy s4 lte-a snapdragon 800 3d battery test

We look forward to more comprehensive tests, as well as a test that compares the Galaxy S4 LTE-A with the Snapdragon 600 version of the Galaxy S4, predominant in most markets, including the US and Europe.

Still, it looks like Qualcomm kept its promise to deliver massively improved performance without increasing power consumption.

In addition to the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the Snapdragon 800 SoC will also power the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the LG G2, and the rumored HTC One Max, just to name a few upcoming devices.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Where the hell is Intel with their chip. They promised the same performance with extended battery life. This is a big minus for Samsung if the S4 doesn’t last as long as the S3. It’s like some1 telling me i can fly for 0.3 seconds a day.

  • jjordan

    The note 2 took it home in every category…I knew I kept this phone for a reason

    • hg

      Just battery life – but I don’t care about that because I own a charger.

      • chirag

        but not the plug.everywhere.

        • mobilemann

          i voted you up, because it’s silly not to think of battery life as one of the most important aspects of a mobile phone. But remember you can get great 10k+mah battery packs that are really small now:D

          • simpleas

            no they’re not.. they’re fugly humongigantuan.

          • mobilemann

            mine is about the size of a pack of playing cards, probably far smaller than yr phone.

          • simpleas

            do you need another case for it? yes.. so no im not getting it. if anything id just get 2 stock batteries.

          • cyanogenuser84

            Agree, any of the “Notes” are big enough already.

    • Xbrotha

      Totally. I love my Note 2.

      I usually dont charge it at night, il charge it up for 45 mins in the morning during shower / breakfast.

      The phone is just amazing. I really have no complains of any kind. I cant even wish for it to be faster. Its so friken fast that at this point it loads web pages about as fast as a laptop.

      I guess give it an HD screen and call it a day.

      • Babs Oyed

        I have a Note 2 also and I like it very much, but lay off the cool-aid. The phone could be faster and the battery while awesome compared to most other devices out there (except the “Motorola Maxx phones) could be better.

  • WarGasm

    Hope this makes it way to the Nexus 5

  • technology

    So Adreno 330 (from 2013) is more power efficient than PowerVR [email protected] (from 2010)? Why I’m not surprised?

    • french toast

      It wasnt in a device from 2010 you dummy..announced.
      Both on 28nm hkmg , adreno spanks it in performance, api, batterylife…by the time power vr launches rogue 6 series….qualcomm will be readying it adreno 420 on 20nm .ouch ;)

      • technology

        So? It’s still a GPU from 2010 against a GPU from 2013…

  • Piyush

    now i am truly gonna wait for note 3.

    • mobilemann

      that’s my next as well. September seems so far away

  • john

    The thing that confuses me most is Meizu conducted similar test including 800, 600, and the Octa. 800 came out fairly poor on that one.