Qualcomm: explain differences between Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 801 in Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2

Currently there is confusion about the Snapdragon 801 chips stuck in the Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5: What both devices differ? And the points at which the Snapdragon 801 is better than the Snapdragon 800? We dröseln apart.

Qualcomm: explain differences between Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 801 in Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2

After the storm around the MWC 2014 slowly sets, we can at least draw a small balance and find that has happened in terms of performance little over the top devices, 2013. both Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 contain the new Snapdragon 801 - but the SoC appeared at least in our benchmark test of the Galaxy S5 is not significantly more powerful than the Snapdragon 800th

But there are even at 801 Snapdragon differences. In the Sony smartphone another variant of the SoC is apparently installed as the Galaxy S5 as Qualcomm has just clarified. First of all, there was confusion as Sony stated on its website the 2.3GHz chip in Xperia Z2 as MSM8974AB, a designation that is, zuordnete just like the core clock, so far the Snapdragon 800th Because the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a Snapdragon 801 at 2.5 GHz and the designation MSM8974AC, some began to think of a misnomer by Sony.

Sony Xperia Z2: no misnomer

Nonsense and much ado about nothing, now clarifies the Qualcomm-blog, because actually the Xperia Z2 lies a Snapdragon Although 801. has the same architecture and differs only marginally from the Snapdragon 800, but has the Qualcomm internal designation 8974v3 or 8974Pro on - instead of yet 8974v2 how the Snapdragon 800. Mind you: This applies to both versions of the Snapdragon 801, both those in the Xperia Z2 (MSM8974AB) and the in Samsung Galaxy S5 (MSM8974AC). The S5 nevertheless enjoys slightly higher clock speeds for CPU and GPU cores and has thus - theoretically - enhanced performance.

The question remains, what exactly now Snapdragon 800 and 801, apart from the clock rates are different; Finally, Qualcomm does not create so pointless new product names. Well, comparing the product of both SoC on Qualcomm site, exist on the side of the Snapdragon 801 exactly three improvements over the Snapdragon 800. Specifically, the following points are:

  • QTI's 3rd generation LTE modem, with support for RF360 and popular requirements: such as LTE Broadcast and LTE / 3G multi-SIM
  • HEVC 1080p support
  • Support for larger, faster camera sensors and improved image postprocessing

An improved for the Chinese market LTE modem, hardware support for another video codec and support larger camera sensors along with faster image processing - not much. Announced and advertised Qualcomm had the Snapdragon 801, although with higher clock rates compared with the Snapdragon 800 (14% faster Krait 400 processor cores, 28% faster Adreno 330 GPU cores), but put evidently the values ​​of the "Lower binned" Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz core clock and 450 MHz GPU clock basis, not the more common 800 with 2.26 GHz CPU and 550 MHz GPU clock - here the differences between Snapdragon 800 Lower and Higher binned in the overview. The already smells more like sham.

So Let us remember: a Snapdragon 801 have Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 in any case, there are only minor differences between Snapdragon 800 and 801, especially if one compares the SoC models running at 2.3GHz.

Confusing? In any case, but also nothing new. We only refer to all the Qualcomm SoCs, the Snapdragon S4 Pro or call 400. That there should be in everyday life between the between the Snapdragon SoCs 80x no major differences in the perceived performance, since only a small consolation. Now it is waiting for the Snapdragon 805 - because the will, particularly because of its Adreno 420 GPU, actually significantly better performance.

Source: Qualcomm Blog [via reddit, phone arena SEMCblog]

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