Qualcomm: both Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 are powered by a Snapdragon 801, but here's the difference

Qualcomm rippled some confusion through the sea of tech bloggers, when it announced a new Snapdragon 801 chipset at MWC, and the Xperia Z2, as well as the Galaxy S5, were later listed to arrive with it.

We say confusion, as the clock speeds of those two differ, and Sony even listed the chipset in its Z2 and Z2 Tablet as Qualcomm MSM8974AB, which was previously known as a member of the Snapdragon 800 family of processors.

Qualcomm took some time to explain its new categorization, and it turns out that both the MSM8974-AB and MSM8974-AC processors, that are in the Z2 and S5, respectively, are now comprising a new, Snapdragon 801 category. As stated by Qualcomm's Jason Woodmansie: "Apologize for any confusion, but the specific part number is mostly an internal reference - the name of the processor for both the Z2 and the Galaxy S5 is the new Snapdragon 801."

Qualcomm bragged that the new Snapdragon 801 comes with 14% faster Krait 400 processor cores, 28% faster Adreno 330 graphics, and a 45% improvement in camera sensor processing speed, allowing native 4K video recording, and other imaging goodies. How did Qualcomm do this in comparison with Snapdragon 800? Simply - in the 2.3 GHz quad-core MSM8974-AB the GPU clock speed went from 450 MHz to 550 MHz, while in the 2.5 GHz quad-core MSM8974-AC it went to 578 MHz.

Thus the Snapdragon 801 processor in the Galaxy S5 is slightly faster than the 801 in the Z2, though we'd have to test the retail units to see if the higher clock speed will translate in higher benchmarks, or a more fluid performance at all. Moreover, these two versions aren't to be confused with the upcoming Snapdragon 805, which is a whole different ballgame, and is unlikely to be announced in devices before the summer.

source: Qualcomm  via SEMCBlog

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Hehe, one has a less efficient battery management. That a big difference. Fancy charging 3 times a day?

2. sakurorhino

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

But still Xperia Z2 is better than Galaxy S5 in every aspect

4. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Matter of what you really want. I particularly don't want battery stamina compromised. S5 had better screen ambient control, better & faster camera focus, instant HDR camera, very good battery management & removable. I'll never get an Xperia that would make you charge before noon and late afternoon so you can get through the night. I guess you sport carrying a Sony power bank everyday. This is the greatest injustice to having a thin device, yet you are forced to carry all those accessories to keep the power afloat till you get home.

21. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Better camera??? i don't think so samsung Only claims that ISOCELL camera is about 30% better than Conventional BSI sensor and If i'm not mistaken Sony also claims that their Exmore RS is superior than Conventional BSI sensor. we need to some real life and fair comparison to find out wich one better Sony Exmore RS or Samsung ISOCELL. But on paper Z2 camera is superior than S5 camera bigger sensor 1/2.3" vs 1/2.6". faster lens F2.0 vs F2.2. better image stabilization thanks to SteadyShot. And HDR is not something new. My Z1 Compact can survive up to 3 days of "normal" use without any problem, and no matter how good the S5 battery life is you will need to charge your phone or your extra battery to make sure your phone can survive another day.

39. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

GSMarena's battery life test show that Z1 Compact and S4 have about the same battery life: Z1 Compact:http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-xperia-z1-compact-battery-test/ GS4:http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-i9505-galaxy-s4-battery-tests-update-battery-life-improved/ By your figures, GS4 would last about 3 days of 'normal' usage for you. In addition to that GS5's battery is improved in the following way: 1. 200mah more 2. Ultra Power Saving mode which is claimed to provide 24 hours life at 10% on standby. 3. This new tech:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Galaxy-S5s-stellar-battery-life-might-be-due-to-Lucid-Logics-battery-saving-tech_id53325?utm_source=feedburner With those facts, I really doubt Sony can trump its battery in comparison with Z1 (which had poor battery life) with only 200 mah more and increase of 0.2 inch.

49. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


63. TheLoyalist

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Well Mr-know-everything. My Z1 Compact with a 2300mah battery lasts around 2 days or approx 35-45 hours with normal use. That translates to between 6-8 hours of on-screen time. Not too shabby for a phone made by Sony, ey?

69. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

My Sony Xperia Z1s can last for 2 days with heavy use. 3 days of normal use. I never activate Stamina mode ever.

76. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I never thought I'd see the day that Sony Android Fanboys actually existed.....

78. Fluxman

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Doesn't seem like you have ever had an Xperia, at least not of the Z series...

88. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

On my Z1 I don't use my BATTERY STAMINA think it doesn't do anything. if u really want to save battery life turn off your traffic data and my only lasted me all till down too only 60-70% of battery life from watching videos or browsing a few on a few website.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hell yea.

9. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

As a Sony fan, i wouldn't go that far.. Samsung does have a better optimization for battery history Samsung does have a better software for camera Though the fingerprint scanner in the s5 doesnt work like a charm, it is still in a way an edge over the Z2 Other than that, the Z2 pretty much equates to the S5, if not better.

26. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i'm not really sure about that. try photographyblog.com. they say that the galaxy s4's camera already suffers noise at relatively low ISOs. i don't really understand why the samples that come out are not in sony's favor when it comes to noise.

14. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, clearly not, the CPU/GPU is a major component and there the S5 craps on the Z2.

18. sakurorhino

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Ahem S5?? Oops thats S4 Wooooooo No wait...ummmm confusion confusion

25. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Any ideas about 3GB RAMs?!

41. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

What happened to all the comments about 3GB RAM is a gimmick when the note 3 released?

54. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Lol everyone was all "KitKat doesn't need so much" btw do no

55. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Not take these guys seriously. These are just nexus warriors or blind haters

58. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

what? same cpu, and gpu both snapdragon 801.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

It's just a slight difference of the processor speed between the Xperia Z2 and the Galaxy S5, that means you won't regret of getting either these two phones, both are just amazingly fast. But there's only one thing remaining, and it's the price. I hope that the Z2 won't be more expensive than the S5.

17. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The memory interface is different to, the AC comes with eMMC 5.0 Interface, while the AB comes with the same old one as previous chips, that can make quite a difference in speeds that it reads and writes to mem.

29. sakurorhino

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Lol 2 gigs of RAM Its so 2013

48. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

With a eMMC 5.0 Interface, MIMO WiFi, HR Monitor etc... It's more 2014 than anything this year, thanks for trying though!

35. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

eMMC5.0 interface as supposed to the eMMC4.5 interface (the one in the Xperia Z2) means twice the Read and Write speed of the flash memory.

64. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Typical sammy fan boy, Even I like Sony I wont support Sony blindly like u do for your Samsung. for u slight edge in clock speed makes huge difference in favor of S5, but when it comes to -1 Ram "its more 2014 then anything this year" Height of fanboyism.

70. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

RAM is everything in multitasking. Z2 will blow S5 in this department no doubt.

6. iMemo

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I still think the Z2 is better than the S5.

7. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Samsung need to use the higher clock speed chipsets to keep up with their touchwiz UI.

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