Jun 19 AT 5:00 AM Nick Gray 19 Comments

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 benchmarks scores put current-gen smartphones to shame


The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 currently rank as the most powerful smartphones on the market, but we knew that wouldn’t last long. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC isn’t shipping in any smartphones yet, but we expect to see the chip show up in a handful of phones and tablets starting in Q3 of this year. We all expected the Snapdragon 800 to easily outclass the Snapdragon 600, but we were a bit socked when we first saw the benchmark scores below.

Our friends from Engadget were able to get some hands-on time with the latest Qualcomm reference smartphone and tablet, both of which are powered by the new Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor. While both devices features most of the same specs, the discrepancy between the benchmark numbers can probably be attributed to the difference in screen resolutions (11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display on the tablet versus 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 pixels smartphone display). For the most part, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 numbers edge out what we’ve seen from the NVIDIA Tegra 4, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see how the two match up once they are available in production devices.


While the numbers show a huge improvement in processing power over the Snapdragon 600 and latest Exynoxs chip, do you think the Snapdragon 800 will deliver a noticeable improvement in real-world performance?

Source: Engadget

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Rozalla

    Thats fantastic!

    • Co1e

      Dude, I cannot stop staring at this! Thank you!

  • Broseph Stalin

    I can’t wait for the devices with these inside. They’re gonna be BEASTLY!

  • John Patrick

    Can’t wait to see more. I do have some concerns over heat management in smartphones where spaces are more confined than in tablets. There’s already been anecdotal web evidence of some Galaxy S4 units having overheating problems, supposedly due to Samsung running the S4′s Snapdragon 600 chipset @ 1.9Ghz compared to more conservative speeds used by other makers utilizing the same chip. Not really certain of the veracity of those accounts however.

    • jerrbomb

      My GS4 does experience some heating issues.. Not all the time but some.. Enough to make me immediately put it down from time to time..

  • donger

    Wow, impressive, they need to put these in phones and ship asap.

  • Co1e

    Put that thing in a Nexus!

  • jerrbomb

    I think my GS4 and Htc One just s#@$ on themselves…

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Tegra 4 was scoring 36k in Antutu a couple months back. I’m sure NVIDIA tweaked the performance to improve since then. Tegra 4 comes out this month, and Snapdragon 800 is not coming till Q4. But we prob won’t see Tegra 4 in many US phones this year. Still exciting to see QCOM and NVDA compete.

    • heat361

      I’m big fan of Qualcomm and their processors they always seem to be powerful and battery efficient. I don’t really like the tegra 3 it lags sometimes on my nexus 7, but its still a pretty good processor and it seems that Nvidia is getting better at making processors.

      • lagdroid

        everything lags on android. It be like that

        • Lucas Milner

  • jerrbomb

    Very much indeed.. I just wish that more manufacturers would pick up on Nvidia.. It would be nice to see a power house phone go against the like of another with a different sOC.. Like the HTC One against the GS4 with different sOC’s

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      We saw that last year in Europe with the HTC one X which was powered by Tegra 3 and the Galaxy SIII with Exynos.

  • masterpfa

    I would like to see some “Real World ” testing along with testing in a released device. But promising all the same.

  • orangestrat

    I dont’ think we’ll see much difference in the ‘real’ world. There’s not much between the S4 devices and s600 devices. We’ll see some pretty incredible games though, and we’ll be able to play them on 2.5K tablets, which is rad.
    I have no idea why, but the thought of being able to record 4K video on my phone is really alluring. I don’t think I have 8 million pixels in my entire house, but I can film it. thats pretty intense.

    • paladaxar

      The S4 Pro and the 600 are pretty much identical chips except for the 600 can go up to 1.9Ghz and the S4 Pro maxes out at 1.7.

      Now the 800, that’s a whole new chip and GPU. So I think we’ll see quite a difference in real life.

      • orangestrat

        Well, since an S4 device with jellybean is solidly 60fps and smooth everywhere in the UI, we won’t see any real difference, but but go on and perpetuate the idea that specs matter

  • Steven

    Its over 9000!!!!!!!

    (DBZ Refrence)