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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 is Cool, Much Cooler than the 810

April 30, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

This week, LG announced the LG G4. And as we had seen in leaks it is running the Snapdragon 808. Instead of the more powerful Snapdragon 810. As we’ve seen from our own experiences, as well as tests from other sites, the Snapdragon 810 does heat up, and some devices throttle it pretty heavily – like the LG G Flex 2. We’ve been using the LG G4 since Tuesday afternoon when we picked ours up, and so far it hasn’t really overheated, and doesn’t feel at all slow, like the Snapdragon 810-powered HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2. Ars Technica – who we all know for their great technical reviews and analysis – did some testing with the Snapdragon 808, and found that it stays pretty cool, especially in comparison to the Snapdragon 810.

While the Snapdragon 810 can’t really hit its peak, before needing to throttle down due to the heat. The Snapdragon 808 can hold its own at the 1.8GHz peak speed. For almost the full 15 minutes before needing to throttle. What’s also interesting is in the Geek Bench 3 benchmarks Ars Technica did, the LG G4 does score higher than the LG G Flex 2. Again, benchmarks don’t equal real world use, but it does show us that the Snapdragon 808 – while not having the fastest clock speeds – can still hold its own against it’s bigger brother the Snapdragon 810.

LG and Qualcomm had stated that the two had been working together on the Snapdragon 808 and the LG G4 for over a year. So this means that integration might be much better than what LG and Qualcomm did with the LG G Flex 2. Of course, this is what they told us. And could be true, it also could be untrue.

The good thing here is that we don’t need to worry about overheating with the LG G4, which is great news. After spending time and reviewing the LG G Flex 2, my only real complaint on the device was the slowness and lag. Which was due to the processor. And now that is no longer an issue with the LG G4, this device might just be a true flagship. Even without Quick Charge 2.0.