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Fast and frugal: Galaxy S4 LTE-A with Snapdragon 800 keeps up with the best in battery benchmarks

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Fast and frugal: Galaxy S4 LTE-A with Snapdragon 800 keeps up with the best in battery benchmarks
Not that we've been worried about Qualcomm's ability to make fast and frugal chipsets, but it's when you get an objective measurement of the new Snapdragon 800 that you can observe its real-life power consumption potential.

That's exactly what was done with the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A out for sale in Korea, which bares a quad-core Snapdragon 800, clocked at the whopping 2.3 GHz. This phone takes advantage of the world's first commercially available LTE-Advanced network, whose tests double the download speeds of the existing LTE network on SK Telecom in Korea.

The test results below were taken with screen brightness set at one and the same level to even the playing field, and also one more time at full brightness. The S4 LTE-A was put up against various current devices, including an Exynos 5 Octa-powered Galaxy S4. As you can see below, despite its record-breaking benchmark scores, Snapdragon 800 is as frugal as the best of them in browsing, video playback and synthetic battery tests scenarios, so you can sleep tight regarding the Xperia Z Ultra, Optimus G2 and the rest of the gang of 800s coming our way.


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posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:26 3

1. davenycept (Posts: 169; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


I can't wait for it... I love that the note2 is still the best in the business

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:33 3

5. hung2900 (Posts: 769; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


And I'm happy more when I see my Note 2 is also better than Optimus GK which has a smaller screen but the same battery size.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:57 1

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 10103; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Why are you "happy more" about that?

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 07:24 1

12. hung2900 (Posts: 769; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


It's my secret! lol

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 07:43 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 10103; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Gotta respect that

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 14:06 1

22. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Because it just goes to prove that screen size isn't everything when it comes to battery drain. The fact that the Optimus GK has the same size battery but a smaller screen is a testament to how much effort Samsung has put into software optimization.

I'm huge on battery life, so even I'm proud to see my Note 2 amongst the best phones to own for performance to battery longevity.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 07:31

25. zero1 (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


I have gn2 is the best ever and prefer it on the s4

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:30

2. tech2 (Posts: 1780; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Wow .....!!!!!!..except GL Benchmark the difference is not that huge. I remember how all the Exynos Octa haters were criticizing for its power hungry A15s and it was more of a power drainer than saver !

Not to mention the Korean version Octa is overclocked !

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:37

7. hung2900 (Posts: 769; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Cortex A15 is not that bad, but the overclocked PowerVR SGX544Mp3 @533MHz is a very bad idea.
Sadly there was no any alternative that time...

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 09:07

17. pulkit.tyagi (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


lol..adreno 330 is more than 100gflops while powervrsgx554mp4 is around 50 go check anandtech ! gpu in snapdragon 800 is the best yet .

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:32 1

3. pwnarena (Posts: 824; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


thanks to the OLED display. i wish samsung uses darker themes. they should be the ones using xperia's themes because that means more power saving for them.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:40

8. tech2 (Posts: 1780; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LOL.......that makes perfect sense !

But I guess they used it to highlight the cold colours OLED display produces at the time of GS3 (not cold anymore though) and decided to carry on the same design language since then.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 10:00

21. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Yeah they should've done that. I'd also dig a RGB color slider so you could turn off the blue pixels. You would have a super awkward screen, but I'd turn off blue from time to time to maintain color balance longer.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:33

4. FlushGordon (unregistered)


It will be a terrible mistake if the Note 3 will be an Exynos-only device.
I just couldn't see myself buying anything this Q4 other than a SD800-powered device.

SD800 GS4 is a good start, I hope they'll carry on with their next flagship iteration

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:45 3

9. tech2 (Posts: 1780; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I don't think its a mistake using Exynos Octa.

Exynos Octa doesn't look a battery hog all of a sudden when you put it next to SD800's results !

Also, if they can somehow figure out to use core migration (as advertised in ARM's big.LITTLE demo) instead of the current cluster migration. I think it will be even better than SD800 !

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:37 1

6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


iPhone 5 got it's but kicked. Where are all the "quad core processors are battery hogs" naysayers?

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:49

10. juandante (Posts: 236; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


It's not more power saving, it just have a bigger battery...

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 01:26

23. iushnt (Posts: 600; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


then why don't iPhone give bigger battery? Their battery life sucks..

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 07:30 3

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Exynos 5420 with Quad core at 2.0Ghz would destroy the S800
™®

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 07:51 4

15. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


S800 and battery...both!

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 09:03

16. pulkit.tyagi (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


true !

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 01:28

24. iushnt (Posts: 600; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


In terms of speed, yes it will beat S800 but in terms of battery life, I doubt that but I don't say its impossible if sammy works more on it.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 09:12 1

18. livyatan (Posts: 656; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Qualcomm has really hit a homerun with this chip.
It actually has lower mid -load consumption than the S600, and only slightly higher under the maximum load ..given the clock speed increase and the hugely improved GPU, the result is brilliant.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 09:36 1

19. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


The browsing result was pretty awful considering the size of that battery.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 09:36 1

20. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


The browsing result is not impressive.

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