Snapdragon 800 vs Snapdragon 801

March 4, 2014

Qualcomm Snapdragon 1600

Hardware wise, the launches of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 have been a little bit difficult to judge. First there was some confusion over which Snapdragon chip would actually ship in the Galaxy S5, then the octo-core version appeared, and now we’re left trying to tell exactly how much of an improvement Samsung’s and Sony’s handsets actually offer over the previous generation.

To make this situation even more confusing, Qualcomm releases lots of different SoC variations within each generation, and the Snapdragon 800 generation is one of the busiest. There’s the 8074, found in the Xperia Z Ultra WiFi edition, the 8274 for the HSPA+ Z Ultra, the 8974-AB, and the most popular 8974 which powers a lot of last generations’ handsets, like the Nexus 5.  And that’s not even all of them. As you can see, attempting to compare processors can be a tricky business, so here’s a breakdown which hopefully clears up any confusion.

Which witch is which?

Firstly, we need to know exactly which handsets are using which processors, and this again is a point of potential confusion. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is confirmed to be using the Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC chip, which is Qualcomm’s high end (bar the Snapdragon 805, but no handsets are confirmed to be using it yet). The Xperia Z2  is also listed as using a Snapdragon 801 SoC, but the model number is actually MSM8974AB, which is the same processor model as the Snapdragon 800 powered Samsung Galaxy Round. What gives?

It seems that somewhere in the lead up to the Xperia Z2’s launch, Qualcomm decided, or perhaps was nudged, to create a new revision of the MSM8974AB and upgraded it to Snapdragon 801 status. Although I can’t find anything to suggest that any components have undergone any changes between the Snapdragon 800 and 801 versions.

xperia-z2-camera-3

Then there’s the older MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chip to consider, which powers many current top of the line handsets, including the LG G2, Nexus 5, and Sony’s Xperia Z1. Is Sony’s Xperia Z2 any different from this chip, and how different are both of these to Samsung’s Galaxy S5? Let’s find out.

Specs time

The table below details the hardware differences between the three different Snapdragon 800/801 chips used in top-tier smartphones. I’ve also thrown in a comparison with the older Snapdragon 600 for good measure.

APQ8064T (Snapdragon 600)MSM8974 (Snapdragon 800)MSM8974AB (Snapdragon 800/801)MSM8974AC (Snapdragon 801)
CPU CoresKrait 300Krait 400Krait 400Krait 400
Core Count4444
CPU Frequency1900 MHz2260 Mhz2260 Mhz2450 Mhz
GPUAdreno 320Adreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 330
GPU Frequency450 MHz450 Mhz550 MHz578 MHz
Process28nm LP28nm HPm28nm HPm28nm HPm
Memory Type2 x LPDDR32 x LPDDR32 x LPDDR32 x LPDDR3
Memory Speed600 Mhz800 Mhz933 Mhz933 Mhz
ISP Frequencyn/a320 MHz465 Mhz465 Mhz
Camera Support21 MP55MP55MP55MP
Video Encode1080p2160p2160p2160p
Example SmartphonesHTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9505)LG G2, LG G Flex, LG Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE+, Sony Xperia Z1Samsung Galaxy Round, Sony Xperia Z2Samsung Galaxy S5

As you should be able to see, there’s a fair bit of overlap between the MSM8974, MSM8974AB, and MSM8974AC. The Snapdragon 800 and 801 SoCs all share the same four Krait 400 CPU core configurations and the same Adreno 330 graphics chip, compared with the older Snapdragon 600 which is built on the older Krait 300 architecture and slower Adreno 320 GPU. The clock speeds are the only changes between the Snap 80X chips, with the 8974AC 801 bumping the peak frequency up to 2.5 GHz, an 8 percent increase.

GPU wise the biggest jump appears between the older Snapdragon 800 8974 and the Xperia Z2s 8974AB, which offers a 22 percent increase in speeds. The gap with the Galaxy S5s 8974AC chip is even larger, at 28 percent, but between the Xperia Z2 and the GS5 there’s just a 5 percent difference in GPU frequency.

Memory wise, all the SoCs are using the same LPDDR3 memory base but with improved memory speeds between the 600, 800, and 801 chips, although the effect of this clock increase is likely to be negligible for the user.

Snapdragon 800 vs 801

Percentage change in clock speed is compared with the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974.

All of the Snapdragon 80X chips have an additional individual ISP (image signal processor) chip for handling image and video processing, and here’s where one of the biggest improvements appears between the older Snapdragon 800 SoCs and the new 801 versions. The ISP clock frequency has been increased by 45% with the 8974AB and AC, resulting in a 465MHz clock speed, and throughput has been bumped up to 1GPixelsl/s class compared to 640MPixels/s for Snapdragon 800 (320MHz).

Each of the SoC revisions also have a few defining features, the 8974AC makes the move to eMMC 5.0, which enables support for a faster 400MB/s flash memory speeds, making the chip compatible with quicker flash storage options, such as the iNAND Extreme from SanDisk. Both the 8974AB and AC also squeezes in support for DS-DA (dual-sim, dual-active) to the modem, whilst retaining Category 4 LTE compatibility from the original Snapdragon 800 chip.

What this means for smartphone performance

Finally, we can make a decision about the real differences between Qualcomm’s various SoCs. The Xperia Z2’s SoC sits in somewhat of a middle ground between the higher CPU clocked Galaxy S5, but with a boosted GPU compared with the older Snapdragon 800 handsets.

samsung galaxy s5 6

The Galaxy S5’s chip (8974AC) is technically the fastest, with its 2.5 GHz CPU and 578 MHz GPU clock speeds, followed very closely by the Xperia Z2 (8974AB). Compared with the old Snapdragon 600 there’s no contest, there are superior chips in every way. But compared with the Snapdragon 800 chip (8974) already on the market, the only real performance boost comes in terms of the GPU and IPS. The increased GPU clock speeds makes these new devices the clear choice for those in need of extra gaming performance and if you’re really into video recording, but in terms of general day-to-day performance you’re not going to notice a difference compared with slightly older flagship devices, like the LG G2. Future 8974AC powered devices, like the Galaxy S5, will also have exclusive access to faster flash memory and MicroSD cards, via eMMC 5.0.

The key point to note is that the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2’s SoCs have both received some modest performance boosts over the older Snapdragon 800 chip, but there are remain slight differences between the two of them worth noting, and worth scrutinizing. Of course, there’s a lot more to choosing a handset than just the processor, especially when there’s very little to choose between them. Battery life, display size, and storage options all form equally important parts of your day to experience. Flagship devices of today represent best of breed tech, and absolutely fly. No matter what you opt for, you’re going to have a remarkable experience.

Were you disappointed at the absence of Snapdragon 805 powered flagship launches at MWC?

Comments

  • Amir

    I disappointed with Z2! hands down if Z2 equipped with OIS and 801… so near yet so far Sony, I’m staying with GNote3.

    • Zai

      even note3 not have OIS. So no wonder if u jump to Z2 which has better build quality, better audio, better camera than any Samesong phones

    • Brendon Brown

      The Z2 has 3GB ram though. Which makes it quite allot better for multitasking, something that happens all the time on Android. and after 2.2GHZ you really struggle to see a 200mhz difference.

      • Andrew T Roach

        Can run Android just as fluidly with a Snapdragon S4 dual from 2 years ago with 1GB of Ram.

        With the right software.

        3GB of Ram for 4.4? Use your recent apps button and close some apps occasionally. I’d rather save the juice that extra Ram draws any day.

    • A Googler.

      How are you dissapointed by the Z2 but not the S5, please tell me because i really don’t understand. Theres really almost no difference. 200mhz = no difference. and also. stereo front facers ? who doesn’t like that. Also way better build quality and REAL waterproofing. no underwater pics for u! hehehe

      • Amir

        because the king has spoken… now bow down. hehe =P

        • wezi427

          That sound sooooooo stupid.

  • Muhahaha

    HAHA GALAXY S5 > XPERIA Z2!!! TAKE THAT SAMSUNG HATERS

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      I wouldn’t call myself a Samsung hater, as I’m using a Note 3 right now, but I’d take the Z2 over the S5 every day.

      Also, I think your Caps Lock button is broken.

      • Beci

        Why dou you thing Z2 is better than Samsung? I thing this year all smartphones are to much similar (samsung, sony, lg, htc). So this year we have recived little (nothing special). Maybe the only phones who can make step forward are iphone 6 and note 4.
        For now Im happy with my note 3

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          I’m not necessarily saying that it’s better. I’m just saying that I would take the Z2 over the S5. I just like the looks and some of the features better.

          I’ve got an upgrade waiting…we’ll see what HTC comes out with before I make my decision.

          • Zeshan Ahmed

            M8! most likely.

      • Борис Михаилов

        I don’t think he knows what the “Caps Lock” button does. I bet he wrote that holding “Shift” all the time. :)

        • Brian Shieh

          Hey, he took the time to hold shift+ _insert_letter_ ;)

    • MasterMuffin

      *Haha caps lock and exclamation marks prove that I’m right

      I’m not a Samsung hater, but I admit that Z2 is better than S5…

    • Amine Elouakil

      No.

    • truthspeaker

      Really? Your brain needs checking if you actually read the article there is a lot more then specs that goes in to choosing a phone. That is a true statement I am not a Samsung hater by any means but in my opinion the Z2 is the better all around phone, yea the GS5 has some cool features and what not but the Z2 is better build quality the xperia skin over android is very light and very close to stock Android, Unlike touchwiz. Honestly I don’t see my self using the features on the GS5 unless just to impress my friends and family. Regardless though I won’t buy either of these phones I’ll stick with the note 3 that I have now.

    • Zai

      If Samesong S5 were a WIFE, I can say that she is only good at bed. Here people needs a wife which can take care of everything.
      Z2 is all round winner..no doubt. I will marry Z2 :D

  • Amine Elouakil

    “The Snapdragon 800 and 801 SoCs all share the same four Krait 400 CPU core configurations and the same Adreno 320 graphics chip” you meant Adreno 330.

    Also The 8x74AB and AC are exactly the same thing, just with slightly different clock speed, I guess the choice was made for power consumption and TDP limits

    Also the 8x74AC was annouced in a while as the S800 is just a name change so that phone makers and qualcomm themselfs can lure user to think that the phone use an all new chip and nothing from last year

    Edit: Also the chart is wrong, APQ8064T is limited to 1.7Ghz, you probably meant a another variant such as APQ8064AB which is 1.9Ghz

    • Rob Triggs

      Thanks for spotting the typo, Adreno 330 is right. Yeah, they are pretty much the same, bar the clock speed differences at the introduction of eMMC 5.0.

      However the table isn’t wrong, the Galaxy S4 I9505 model is powered by a 1.9GHz APQ8064T.

      • Amine Elouakil

        The S4 i9505 or the S4 LTE uses the APQ8064AB
        http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6914/apq8064-package.jpg

        Also according to Qualcomm the 8x64T comes up to 1.7Ghz, the only logical reason for Samsung to use the 8x64T is because the AB version wasn’t ready yet, and they overclocked the chip trought kernel this allowed them to release the product in time I guess, but I don’t find anything that proves that S4 LTE really uses or used the 8x64T even if iFixit claimed so, if you look at the chip you’ll find it’s not the same 8x64T on the One for example

      • Ismail Akram

        HTC ONE is 1.7 but butterfly s is 1.9

  • Tom Gjonaj

    Not good, the 801 cant compete with the gpu that will be in the phone 6, unless samsung releases another galaxy phone(maybe note 4) with the snapdragon 805. For a phone that wont see a release for another year now( the S5) they didnt put enough power under the hood. The 805 would have been perfect, as the adreno 420 is a nice step up from the 330. These companies need to stop putting so much into the CPU, with all these cores and ghz, and focus more on architecture and the GPU!!! the gpu is what will drive the interface and all the nice games available on all platforms!

    • anon

      well thanks for your insider info on the new iphone components. You must be a really successful employee there.

      • Tom Gjonaj

        pointless comment, good job. The powerVR G6430 in the 5s is already on par with the adreno 330. The iphone 6 will, like always with apple, have a nice upgrade in the graphics department from imagination tech, so what makes you think the 330 stands a chance? Research a little before posting dumb sarcastic comments. Iphone always focused on the GPU, and they have the best handling it, the new rogue gpu’s from Imagination are extremely fast.

        Which goes back to my point, the adreno 420 would have been great for the S5, it would have been able to compete better with the iphone, graphics wise, for another year.

        • anon

          The problem with the adreno 420 is that its only on the snapdragon 805 and that isnt available in the quantities the s5 will sell yet so the 801 with adreno 330 is the best they could use with a snapdragon soc.

          • Tom Gjonaj

            Yes, I know the adreno 420 is only on the 805. Just saying they might have been better off delaying the release another month or two and including the 805. I have a good feeling though they will release an S5 advanced, just like they did with the galaxy s4, with better internals, or just throw the 805 ( or the s615 ) in the note 4.

          • anon

            Sorry about my slightly troll first comment, slightly misinterpreted what you meant. But delaying the s4 would likely cost too much and i do agree with you in regards to the S5 advance im hoping the note 4 might get a slightly newer chip but I wouldnt complain about it having a 805

          • http://profiles.google.com/gallimichael Michael G. Galli

            Dont apologize. The fucking iPhone doesn’t even had a HD display. He can quote all he wants but its baseless. Have fun with your Power VR stats that dont mean shit in the real world.

  • truthspeaker

    I am disappointed in all the flagship at his years MWC, the snapdragon 801 is such a small increase in power, it makes me think what’s the point? The only people who care what processor is in the phone are people who stay up to date with this stuff like us. At least in my mind this processor dose not warrant a phone upgrade I’m with the note 3 at the moment and nothing about the GS5 or Z2 makes me itching to get rid of try note 3 and get them. Now if your still on a GS4 or any other snapdragon 600 powered phone go for it. But if you have a 800 powered phone then who cares. I’ll stick with my Note 3 till the note 4 or other 805 powered phones come out cuz right now the 801 is just a marketing truck to get the sheep phone buyers to buy more and new devices.

    • Amine Elouakil

      They are trying to pull an Apple on us, by going Tiq/Toq style, which is actually a standard in the industry, the things is they coudn’t put newer chip because Qualcomm is not ready to do so yet, and only Qualcomm offers an all in one integrated solution, Mediatek seems to be on the right path, as for Samsung it doesn’t have the fonderies to built it Exynos chip at large scale

      • truthspeaker

        Agreed, at the same time mediatek has yet to release a processor that can truly compete with the snapdragon line. I think it will be quite some time before mediatek will be taken seriously enough for a OEM to put one of their SoC in a flagship. If Samsung would get it together and buy or build more SoC manufacturing plants they actually could compete it’s not like Samsung couldn’t afford to do it.

        • renz

          so far mediatek only targeting low end and mid range device. just look at their past processor. most of them were based on A7. and with the 64 bit they will take A53 (which is successor to A7).

    • Chad Quallo

      The flagships released this year are not intended for those who bought, for example, the note 3 to consider.. Why would u want to get rid of a phone that was the top of the heap only 5 months ago. Its for those s3 note 2 users. Stick to the 2 yr cycle!

      • Aki I.

        I’m on a note 2 and I’m not swayed by these. It’s Still a fast phone that does what I need it to do and I have most note 3 features now as well. People who feel the need to buy the latest and greatest simply just have the need to have the latest and greatest for mostly Bragging rights. It’s more like a geeky passion, not unlike wanting that new 911 gt3 or whatever else. I think phones have got to a point similar to regular pc’s where you don’t need to upgrade so often.. Especially in terms of cpu’s.. And I think Google realizes this and are banking on that modular phone concept.

    • Matevz

      But what makes you think 805 will be such a GREAT upgrade? I doubt… I think it will be the same small step like we witnessed from 800 to 801…
      I dont think it will be a 64bit processor… I’ll wait for 64b, till then i’ll keep my SD800 Note 3…

      • truthspeaker

        Really? Then you have not done any reading about the 805, it’s completely new tech. The 805 will feature an upgraded krait core not just an increase in speed, and it will also feature the new 400 series andreno GPA, the proformance shown on the qualcomm development tablets is staggering, i don’t remember the exact numbers but it’s like 4x as fast twice as power efficient and the GPA is an even bigger increase in power. Also, I don’t get why people are making such a big deal about 64bit there will be some advantages to 64bit but not much until we have phones with at least 5 gb of ram… we don’t even hav phones with 4gb of ram. TThat’s the main point of 64bit it allows as system to take advantage of more than 4gb of ram. To most users a 64bit processor will make little to no difference until we have the hardware to really take advantage of 64bit.

        • truthspeaker

          Stupid auto correct i meant GPU where it says GPA

        • http://profiles.google.com/gallimichael Michael G. Galli

          Well said.

      • truthspeaker

        Here is a link to a site explaining the advantages of the 805 over the 800 series:
        http://www.anandtech.com/show/7537/qualcomms-snapdragon-805-25ghz-128bit-memory-interface-d3d11class-graphics-more

    • Winston Purnomo

      Don’t forget that last year the jump from S4 Pro APQ8064 to S600 APQ8064T was just 200MHz from 1.5 to 1.7.

  • Shin

    Does it really matter if z2 has a slower clock speed? Correct me if I am wrong but I have owned a rooted S2 skyrocket and often prolong the battery usage by under clocking for daily use and over clocked it when gaming on it.

    • Shark Bait

      probably no real world difference. Clock speed will be throttled during heavy use any way to keep the heat down so clock speed is kind of irrelevant

      • History

        yep. you’re right

    • tx

      The sony Z2 can over clock/turoboost and achieve 2.5 ghz. Not sure whether the S5 could be overclocked beyond 2.5ghz. It might be able to.

    • Anthonydotcom

      No I don’t think so. It’s kind of like the S4 and the One. Same soc different clock speeds, but unless using them side by side when gaming you can’t tell a difference.

  • Michael Freamon

    Do ANY of these SOC’s have SVDO capability? Are the carriers allowing that option? Let’s ignore the gaming and talk communications, shall we. Will we be able to say “I’m at that corner and I don’t see, oh there it is!” while talking on the phone AND listening to Google All Access?

  • Brendon Brown

    Theres a big problem now… This year, in terms of internals. We aren’t getting much.. at all. Apple improves allot, every year. Even their ‘S’ years. and this year, 2014, is not an ‘S’ year … so.. interesting year ahead.

    • David Soto

      How so? The RAM and CPU is clocked as the same as the previous gen iPhone.

      • Mozaik

        Have you seen benchmark it trumps snapdragon 800 in cpu ( which is only dual core , what will happen if they make quad-core 0_o )and in gpu its par , ram is not important for ios because its well optimized and it does not have true multitasking like android but has improved a lot.

        • Richard

          Which particular benchmark are you referring to?

          This link shows the Snapdragon 800 beating the A7 using the Geekbench benchmark:-

          http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Qualcomm-Snapdragon-800-vs-Apple-A7

          Snapdragon 800 (2.3GHz)
          2,785

          Apple A7 (1.3GHz)
          2,426

          • Mozaik

            1.3 dualcore vs 2.3 quadcore and only difference is of 300 points so who trumps whom.

          • Richard

            Well, not wishing to be in any way patronizing, but 300 points can make a big difference depending on what it is used for. For example, if that benchmark took 5 seconds then the difference between the A7 and the Snapdragon 800 would be 1500 points per minute or 90,000 points per hour. Factor that into a smartphone or tablet’s workload and it can be a huge difference!

            I think the point you’re trying to make is that a seemingly little A7 (1.3GHz dual core) gets quite close to a mighty Snapdragon 800 (2.4GHz quad core). And you’re right. It does a fine job of closing that gap. But the fact remains that the Snapdragon 800 is superior, and with twice as many cores, much better at multitasking too.

          • Mozaik

            I don’t think so dualcore makes easy for developer because apps can be optimized easily but for quadcore its difficult for using full power.

          • Richard

            I think you’re missing the point. If a developer has difficulty coding for 4 cores then so what? Let them code for 1 or 2 cores and free up the other cores for other tasks. My point is that if an app. only uses 1 core, the O/S can use the other free core(s). That means 1 free core on an A7, but 3 free cores on a Snapdragon 800.
            An A7 can only run 2 things at once but a Snapdragon 800 can run 4. That’s twice as many!
            And remember, the Snapdragon 800 is still ‘only’ 32bit, so it has to work nearly twice as hard fetching data and instructions to keep up with a comparable 64bit CPU under certain workloads.

          • Mozaik

            Its not that easy as you say that’s why android suffers from performance problem and slowdowns eg just try zooming in and out in chrome and than scroll and see how framerate drops or stutters but ios runs smooth because its optimized better for that hardware.

          • Richard

            This article is about, Snapdragon 800 vs Snapdragon 801 not the A7 or iOS, so you’ve dragged the conversation quite some off topic! :-)
            Yes, you are correct. iOS is heavily optimized to maximize performance, and the ‘A’ chips (A6, A7 etc.) are also optimized for iOS. This optimization is fine if you have a limited number of devices to support, but is difficult, if not impossible when you want to support a vast array of devices from different manufacturers using all sorts of combinations of CPU’s and peripherals. This is the main difference between iOS and Android. iOS is restricted and closed whereas Android is very open. (similar Mac vs. Windows). Apple is a Design company whereas Google is an Engineering company. Both are totally awesome, its just that they see the world in a completely different way.

          • Mozaik

            That’s the point I was saying it will be difficult to optimize on android due to so many device. So quadcore will make it even harder.

          • Richard

            No. I think you’re missing the point.
            Android cannot be optimized to the same level as iOS, so Android devices NEED more horsepower to make up for the lack of optimization.
            You seem to think that Quads are hard to develop for. They are NOT.
            Very few programs except exotic stuff like video encoders, compressors, encryption etc. would bother to split the workload over more than 2 cores.

            Having many cores allows the O/S to schedule more tasks concurrently. And stuff like Widgets (which are always running in the background) can nibble away at the CPU without causing too much stress in the foreground.
            How well do you suppose iOS devices would work with Widgets?

          • lllsongsri

            just want to say something : 64bit dual core vs 32 bit quad the result of this vs were on par but if snapdragon loaded with 64bit quad core compare to 64bit dual core on apple?

          • Mozaik

            i don’t even care about 64bit , i just wanted to show difference.

          • wpaniagua

            Would kill it!

  • Nathan

    I’m using a nvidia tegra 4 at 1.8 ghz. Is this bad?

    • truthspeaker

      Really? Really? Did you just ask that question… no, the tegra 4 is a great SoC it slaps the snapdragon 800 around as far as GPU proformance gose, no its cpu is not as good as the snapdragon line but it’s still a great chip and you should be happy with it I would think.

      • chris pinkston

        Thought it was The other way around. Sd800 has better GPU and tegra 4 has better cpu

        • renz

          from what i know cpu wise tegra 4 and snapdragon 800 is quite comparable albeit a slight edge on tegra 4. that is if you look from soc perspective. but if you looking at A15 and Krait 400 cores the A15 is faster clock for clock.

          gpu wise adreno 330 is simply have more performance than 72 core ULP GeForce inside tegra 4. also tegra 4 did not support openGL ES 3.0 unlike adreno 330. but it doesn’t mean that tegra 4 will be inferior in gaming.

      • Nathan

        Excuse my ignorance. Thanks for the reply. And no, I don’t have any issues with it.

  • Andrew T Roach

    C’mon guys. There’s almost no difference here. Qualcomm only released the 801 because of more ambitious designs from rivals: Bay Trail T and the A7.

    It’s just a Snapdragon 800 clocked up to its actual limits nothing more. Clock speed is only going to cover up 2 year old SoC architecture for so long.

  • Dave Weinstein

    yes! WTF! the 805 is scheduled to ship only 4 weeks after the 801! why couldn’t they get it into a 2014 smart phone now???

  • Replicant Jason Booth

    Wow people are tripping over 200 MHz difference? Let me ask you this…. what do you really use your device for?

    • Anthonydotcom

      So true. The S600 is talked about like it’s an old clunker. My HTC One feels blazing fast, and keeps up with a Nexus 5 just fine. Man would it have been nice to see the 805 in the M8.

      • Replicant Jason Booth

        Let’s wait and see what happens even if it doesn’t seem to point in that direction. I’m thinking that it may include the higher clocked s801 judging from the leaked performance test….fingers crossed.

  • Balraj

    Second half of the year
    But I still hate the idea of two flagship per year from sony & others
    It’s a cheap idea

  • TONY ALDO

    The differences are so minimal it’s not even worth it. Especially if Google decides to switch to ART. Meh on these processors.

  • Mr Mop

    Everyone is complaining about how small the 801 upgrade is. Meanwhile, I’m still chuggin’ along on an S4 Plus :/

    • M3D1T8R

      Yup. Still rockin’ my DNA with same. Still working great really.

      • Mr Mop

        As far as I’m concerned, the DNA actually has an S4 Pro, which is quad core, whereas the S4 Plus is dual core.

  • Memphis May [S]unjay

    The S4’s extra 200Mhz won’t matter when it’s throttles….this is nothing but a marketing gimmick.

  • Humaan

    Two questions to reviewers.
    Did you notice any heating and battery usage in higher clocked SoC(AC) compared to AB or even original 800?Is it just a overclocked gimmik along with better memory bandwidth?

    S5 and Z2 look like timepass untill Snapdragon 805 gets released.

  • Simon Belmont

    TL;DR: The new Snapdragon 801 won’t be noticeably faster than the oldest Snapdragon 800 from last year.

    To me, the Snapdragon 801 is just a stop-gap for faster and better SoCs to probably come later this year or (more likely) early next year, unless you count the Snapdragon 805, which isn’t being used in anything….yet. Can’t wait.

  • Murat Ates

    Who gives a shit, just tell us when the Bastards come in to market

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