We already know that Qualcomm has been developing the Snapdragon 805 which is the company’s last 32-bit chip before it shifts to 64-bit technology. This is a high end SoC that’s even better than the Snapdragon 800/801 and is expected to come to mobile devices late this year or early next year. On paper this SoC looks very powerful however what about in real world scenarios?
A recent test conducted using a Qualcomm reference tablet with a Snapdragon 805 SoC shows that it performs better than any ARM CPU/GPU combo chip released before it. The comparison devices used are as follows
- HTC One M8: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
- Samsung Galaxy S5: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
- Apple iPhone 5S: Apple A7 chipset, 1.3GHz dual-core CPU, Power VR G6430 GPU
- Qualcomm reference tablet: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, Krait 450 CPU, Adreno 420 GPU
The GFXBench 3.0 results showed the 805 having a score of 17.4 frames per second which is higher than the second best result of 11.9 frames per second of the Samsung Galaxy S5. On the more demanding Manhattan benchmark the 805 scored 40.4 frames per second easily outperforming the second best result of 28.5 frames per second of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The results show the superior performance of the Snapdragon 805 compared against some of the high end chips out in the market today. The main reason behind this is its use of the Adreno 420 GPU which is able to provide a rich and visually immersive graphics environment. Another factor is its use of four Krait 450 cores with each core having a clock frequency of 2.7 GHz.
Adreno 420 Key Features
- Desktop and console quality graphics on a mobile platform
- DirectX11 FL!!_2 pipeline, OpenGL ES 3.1 support
- Dynamic hardware tessellation & geometry shaders support
- Better performance
- Reduced power consumption
The Snapdragon 805 comes with several industry firsts which include
- First Ultra HD (4K) display $ UI
- First Ultra HD gaming with Adreno 420 GPU
- First Ultra HD HEVC (h.265) hardware video decoder
- First Gigapixel per second camera ISP
- First 2×64-bit POP memory for fast, seamless multitasking