Newer silicon boosts GPU, ISP, memory speeds, among other improvements

At Mobile World Congress last month we met some of the first smartphones running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, including new flagships from Sony and Samsung. The Xperia Z2 and Galaxy S5 both sport Snapdragon 801 processors, at 2.3 and 2.5GHz respectively. But what, besides CPU clock speed, separates the 801 from the earlier Snapdragon 800, which came in 2.2 and 2.3GHz flavors?

According to a writeup by Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech, the difference comes down to the silicon revision of Qualcomm’s MSM8974 SoC…


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