Qualcomm Announces The Snapdragon 801, A Slightly Faster Snapdragon 800


Along with its first 64-bit Snapdragon chips, Qualcomm also announced a higher clocked version of the S800 — the Snapdragon 801 a.k.a MSM8974AC. As the change in name suggests, this new chip from Qualcomm only boasts of higher clock speeds across the board to deliver better performance.

This new chip from Qualcomm is a stop-gap solution until it releases its first high-end 64-bit mobile SoC later this year — the Snapdragon 805.

The Snapdragon 801 features four-cores of Krait 400 clocked at 2.5GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU and a dual-channel 32-bit LPDDR3 memory interface. The GPU clock speed has been bumped to 578MHz (from 550MHz) along with a slightly faster memory bus at 933MHz (from 800MHz) that brings about a 16% improvement in memory bandwidth.

The eMMC interface has also been updated to v5.0 allowing the new chip to support up to 400MB/s cards. Lastly, the modem block has been updated to add support for dual-SIM cards.

Qualcomm is already shipping the Snapdragon 801 to OEMs and we have already seen the likes of Sony introduce devices like the Xperia Z2 and z2 Tablet powered by it. The company also notes that the chip is pin and software-compatible with Snapdragon 800 thereby allowing them OEMs to integrate it into their existing products without any additional effort.