Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Benchmarks

Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Reference devices

We are here in San Francisco on invitation from Qualcomm to benchmark their Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM8974) which features a 28nm HPm quad core Krait 400 CPU capable of running at 2.3 GHz per core and the new Adreno 330 GPU. It is expected to be the fastest mobile processor in the market and even beat the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa and Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon 600 processor in terms of benchmarks and performance. Dive in and take a look at the jaw dropping numbers in the Benchmarks.



  • Capture, playback and display in UltraHD video (with four times 1080p pixel density)
  • Dual Image Signal Processors for Snapdragon Camera support simultaneous camera/video, ultrafast 640 Megapixel/second capture speeds and computational camera
  • HD multichannel audio with DTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus for enhanced audio
  • Higher display resolutions (up to 2560×2048) and Miracast 1080p HD support
  • LP-DDR3 memory for high performance and low latency
  • Updated Adreno 330 GPU delivers up to 50% increase in graphics performance1
  • Support for advanced graphic and compute APIs, including OpenGL ES 3.0, DirectX, OpenCL, Renderscript Compute and FlexRender
  • Support for popular middleware and game engines like Unity, Epic, and Unigine
  • True 4G LTE World Mode, supporting LTE FDD, LTE, TDD, WCDMA, CDMA1x, EV-DO, TD-SCDMA and GSM3
  • 4G LTE with Carrier Aggregation for speeds up to 150 Mbps
  • New USB 3.0 for ultra-fast transfers
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi for peak Wi-Fi performance
  • IZAT location technology combines multiple location services into a single high performance navigation system for auto and pedestrian applications


The Snapdragon 800 series was announced at the CES 2013 earlier this year. Recently Qualcomm announced the support for Windows RT 8.1 tablets.

Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Reference device

Here are some benchmarks we ran on the Snapdragon 800 reference devices at the event.


The Snapdragon 800 scores 21661 in Quadrant  and is almost 1.7X faster than the Snapdragon 600 processor and it manages to even beat the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor which has 2 quadcore processors. It is amazing to compare the performance to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro or APQ8064 which they let us benchmark last year. It is almost 3X-5X in terms of the Quadrant score.



The Snapdragon 800 comes out at the top yet again in the AnTuTu benchmark test and is over 8000 points ahead of the previous leader in the test – the Exynos 5 Octa.


Vellamo 2.0

We clocked about 3008 points in Vellamo which is a HTML 5 test which mainly measure mobile browser performance




This is a benchmark which indicates Javascript performance. Here is the Snapdragon 800 on the top of the chart in both the Single thread and Multi- thread tests.




Great improvement in Sunspider test over the Snapdragon 600 can be seen in the Snapdragon 800.


NenaMark 2


GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt HD OnScreen

The graphic performance is exceptional. As you can can see, the performance is 50% better than Adreno 320.


GLBenchmark 2.7 T-REX HD OnScreen


Basemark X – On Screen


Basemark X – Off Screen


Again the graphic performance is exceptional compared to other devices. All these values are tested on Snapdragon reference smartphone, so the values for tablets would differ. You can check the screenshots with the benchmark scores including some that are not in these graphs in the gallery below.

While the devices we played with were not commercial devices, Qualcomm told us that commercial devices will have performance pretty close to what we saw today in these tests. On that note Snapdragon 800 looks super powerful and we are curious to see how device makers would tap the potential of the newest dragon in the Snapdragon family.It looks like one of the most powerful chips to come out from Qualcomm and it would be interesting to see how real world battery life is on devices powered by this chip.

Author: Varun Krish

Varun Krish is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast and has been blogging about mobile phones since 2005. His current phones include the Apple iPhone 13 Pro and Google Pixel 6. You can follow him on Twitter @varunkrish and on Google+ You can also mail Varun Krish