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Snapdragon 800 vs Snapdragon 801 — What’s the Difference?

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Rumors were swirling about the much-anticipated Snapdragon 805, with its vastly superior graphics and computing performance, first appearing in devices at MWC 2014. But alas, the notable flagship devices that got unwrapped during the event only featured the Snapdragon 801. Is it any different from the Snapdragon 800? Well, slightly.

Let’s take a look at the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC first. Commonly found in mobile devices announced last year (though newer devices, such as the LG G Pro 2, still come equipped with it), this chip offers a quad-core Krait 400 CPU and an Adreno 330 GPU.

Found in the Sony Xperia Z2 and in one version of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (specs in image above) is a minor revision to the 800. It still comes with the same CPU, GPU, and features (up to 55-megapixels camera support and 2160p video encoding). The difference lies in the clock increase for the 801, which gives it a boost in performance. This boost is considered to be modest only.

Nevertheless, the actual overall speed of your mobile device depends on other factors and not just the processor. Display size, UI modifications, and many other aspects affect a device’s capability to provide a quality experience for the user.

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