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

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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25 Comments

1. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

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

5. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why are you "happy more" about that?

12. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

It's my secret! lol

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gotta respect that

22. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 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.

25. zero1

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

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

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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 !

7. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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...

17. pulkit.tyagi

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

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

3. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

21. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

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

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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 !

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

10. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

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

23. iushnt

Posts: 3069; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

13. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

15. jove39

Posts: 2142; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

S800 and battery...both!

16. pulkit.tyagi

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

true !

24. iushnt

Posts: 3069; Member since: Feb 06, 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.

18. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

19. bigstrudel

Posts: 584; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

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

20. bigstrudel

Posts: 584; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

The browsing result is not impressive.

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