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Snapdragon 801 More Than a Modest Upgrade

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Feb 25, 2014, 10:28 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 801, an update to its existing Snapdragon 800 processor. While the basics of the 801 are similar to the 800 - software and pin compatibility - the rest of the CPU has been overhauled with significant new features. Qualcomm upgraded the Krait 400 core to a maximum clock speed of 2.5GHz, and integrated 4G LTE Category 4 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi directly into the module (the 800 has to be paired with a separate LTE baseband). The 801's imaging processor has been dramatically improved, offering a 45% jump in processing speed and the ability to handle more powerful camera sensors. The chip also adds support for dual-SIM/dual-active (DSDA) service for devices marketed in China. The Adreno 330 GPU remains the same. Qualcomm said the 801 is already in production and will makes its first appearance in the Samsung Galaxy S5. The improved chip is positioned just under the Snapdragon 805, which is Qualcomm's top-of-the-line processor for premiere devices. The 805 won't ship until close to the end of 2014.


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Feb 25, 2014, 11:50 AM

article correction

The assertion that the Snapdragon 801 has an integrated LTE baseband while the Snapdragon 800 does not is incorrect. The MSM8974 -- used in the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Nexus 5 -- is a Snapdragon 800 chipset. It is a full SoC with processor and LTE Category 4 baseband. Do not confuse the Snapdragon 800 with the Snapdragon 600, specifically the APQ8064, which was just a processor and had to be paired with the separate MDM9615 baseband.

Agree that the article needs correction. From the linked Qualcomm blog page:

"Like the Snapdragon 800 processor, the Snapdragon 801 processor includes integrated 4G LTE CAT4 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi for smooth connectivity, a quad core Krait 400 CPU wit...
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