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the SnapDragon 808 dj processor in the spotlight

While the introduction of the high-end processor SnapDragon 810 of Qualcomm was a bit chaotic and cost the Californian giant dear after the withdrawal of Samsung for the Galaxy S6, the hexacore variant SnapDragon 808 makes its first appearance in the new smartphone LG G4 just formalized.

As a reminder, the SnapDragon 808 is a hexacore platform made up of 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores and 2 ARM Cortex-A57 cores associated with an Adreno 418 graphic part when the SnapDragon 810 offers 4 A53 cores and 4 A57 cores with Adreno 430 GPU, the two solutions being engraved at 20 nm.

LG G4 ceramic

In the case of the LG G4, the processor is supported by 3 GB of RAM and combined with a modem SnapDragon X10 providing 4G LTE speeds up to 450 Mbps.

The reasons for the choice of a SnapDragon 808 rather than the 810 for the LG G4 are not completely clarified and are not necessarily directly related to the overheating questions which cast doubt on the latter, even if they could consolidate the choice initial of the Korean manufacturer which evokes rather a good balancing between power and energy consumption.

As the only model to have opted for SnapDragon 808 (for the moment), what do the benchmarks give with this configuration? The LG G4 has just been unveiled but the first results are already providing some answers, while bearing in mind the relative value of the benchmark scores (which can be manipulated) and the obvious difference between measurements at based on automated protocols and in the context of real use.

LG G4 AnTuTu

On the general test AnTuTu, the LG G4 displays evolving scores around 45,000 points, far from the 55,000 points of a HTC One M9 (under SnapDragon 810 but in Full HD) or the more than 60,000 points of the Galaxy S6 (under Exynos 7420 and in QHD).

This does not prevent that on CPU tests like Vellamo, the LG G4 seems to be doing just as well as these two models. In particular, even by offering less power than the SnapDragon 810, it should be less subject to peak clamping obligations (throttling) of the last.

Finally, on graphics tests like GFXBench, the LG G4 is logically positioned behind the Galaxy S6 (GPU ARM Mali-T760) and HTC One M9 (GPU Adreno 430) but remains in median values.

For its LG G4, the Korean group does not seem to have bet on debauchery of power but rather favored harmony and balance of performance, so as to preserve autonomy and while offering advanced features, including in terms of photo sensor (which we no longer hesitate, like Huawei for its P8, to be presented as a back-up system for SLRs) and quality of finish.