The beast, unleashed: top Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 smartphones

We can safely say that when it comes to high-end mobile devices, 2014 was the year of the Snapdragon 801 chipset. Odds are that if you grab any of the more popular flagship of this year, the Snapdragon 801 will be on the specs list (provided that you don't go for the iPhone 6, that is).

Well, this was mostly correct for the first three quarters of the year, as the Snapdragon 805 made an appearance inside some of the hottest Android devices of Q4 2014. At the moment, the Snapdragon 805 is the most advanced quad-core chipset of Qualcomm, and given the fact that the manufacturer is about to move to top-tier hexa- and octa-core SoCs (the Snapdragon 808 and the Snapdragon 810, respectively), it is somewhat safe to say that the Snapdragon 805 will remain one of the more advanced and power-laden chipsets for the time being. 

Inside the Snapdragon 805, we can find an ARMv7-based, Krait 450 CPU with four 28nm cores, each of which running at up to 2.7GHz. An Adreno 420 GPU takes care of the graphics. We don't know how many devices in 2015 will be powered by the Snapdragon 801 (odds are that they will be quite many). That said, we decided to make a round-up of all 2014 phones that come with the speedy Snapdragon 805.

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A

This South Korea-only version of Samsung's regular flagship, which is getting a bit old in the tooth already, replaced the Snapdragon 801 for the speedier and more power-laden Snapdragon 805. This 5.2" device also employed a more pixel-rich display - unlike the 1080p one in the more mundane Galaxy S5, the S5 LTE-A comes with a Quad HD one, which ranks it pretty high among the more pixel-rich phones in the world.

Google Nexus 6

The behemothy Google Nexus 6 phablet that can trace back its origins straight to the drawing boards at Motorola is definitely a powerful ball of fire. With a Snapdragon 805 inside to suit its respectably-large silhouette, the Google Nexus 6 will surely stand the test of time and the smartphone market in terms of performance well into 2015.

LG G3 Cat. 6

Just like the Samsung S5 and the S5 LTE-A, the LG G3 has a snappier cousin - the LG G3 Cat. 6. The Snapdragon 805 inside is churning the gears of the Quad HD handset at 2.7GHz and paves the way for an even smoother user experience. Just like the S5 LTE-A, the G3 Cat. 6 is South Korea-exclusive. Oh, and that "Cat. 6" in its name means that it can potentially achieve data transfer speeds of up to 300Mbps. Nifty.

Motorola DROID Turbo

The newest Motorola device to hit the market, the Verizon-exclusive DROID Turbo, also comes with a top-tier Snapdragon 805. Despite the quite appealing specs sheet, the DROID Turbo is relatively compact, despite being thicker than most of the catwalk starlets on the smartphone runway.  

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The S Pen-flaunting Note 4 is, by far, better than any other handset Samsung has created so far. One of the main culprits for this is the Snapdragon 805 inside certain versions of the phablet. Rumor has it that Samsung now has a Galaxy Note 4 with a Snapdragon 810 inside, but until (and if) it sees the light of day, the Galaxy Note 4 remains one of the most powerful handsets money can get you.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The very Edge of the smartphone industry, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, caught us by surprise when it made the rounds in the beginning of September. With the overlapping Edge screen aside, it's mostly identical to the Galaxy Note 4 specs-wise, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset being the icing on the cake.



1. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I guess I'd pick the G3.

2. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Ballistic nylon for me or the Nexus...

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes for me it's Nexus 6 all the way cause you can root it & have these EPIC ROM's installed with it which will make it better than anything that's out. (Trust me root & custom ROM's are UNBELIEVABLE!) If root was not an option, then the Galaxy Note Edge or Galaxy Note 4 for me. I am sorry but as a stock phone with no root the Galaxy Note series offers incredible functionality & productivity out of the BOX. The Galaxy Note Edge & Note 4 are the MOST complete mobile smartphones available head to toe! I have seen & held the Ballistic Nylon Droid Turbo & indeed it's insanely SEXY but alas the phone is too small. To me it's phablet or nothing. +1

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That'd be pretty cool if the screen was an inch smaller.

3. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

The Droid turbo must be on the top list , its battery and screen resolution and PPI and the best size screen ( the gs5 lte a is a Korea only phone so its out )

4. Ceffmhico

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

G3 ftw! ^^

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

G3 or note 4, S5 LTE-A is Korea only so nope, Turbo is too thick and its screen could be a lil brighter.

6. GTNavy

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

GS5 "Long in the Tooth"? I guess some people will never be satisfied with their device. Bring on phones with 4Ghz 20-core processors, 30GB of RAM,a 6.5 in. 8k screen, and a GPU that can recreate reality itself. Then it will be perfect! /s

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's EXACTLY my dream phone.... Man we are like brothers...! +1

7. kiza_88

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

turbo for me :)

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nexus 9 wouldn't be alive if moto had to wait on Qualcomm for a faster then 32bit, 64 replacement. I believe Dragon has been dropping some soft skinned eggs in basket lately. A dual or quad 64 should be doable, octo, maybe harder then QC thought.

12. Billajr

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I ordered a Edge last night but is on backorder. But should have it in time for Christmas I can't wait just like a kid again!

13. rlatkddn124

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

See? We also have Snapdragon 800 powered Galaxy S4 in Korea. Maybe it's a result of heavy criticism of Korean users. Samsung and LG used to announce "downgraded" phones in Korean market at all. ALWAYS! (There is a SnapS3(...) powered Galaxy Note 1 supports LTE rashly, WiFi disabled-New Chocolate, (even 3.5mm jack disabled)Arena, HTC Dual, etc. in Korean market. What a history of darkness!)

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