When Sony launched the Z4 in April 2015, a lot of people were curious about Sony’s choice of going with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 for their flagship. This curiosity was based on the then doubts about the heating issues of the processor, as well as rumors of LG’s decision to drop the Snapdragon 810 in favor of the Snapdragon 808 for its flagship.
Sony is pretty adamant in going along with the sinking ship of the Snapdragon 810 and its issues of excessive heat and resultant throttling, as its latest release on American soil, the Verizon Wireless Exclusive Sony Xperia Z4v, stands testimony. The phone features the same Snapdragon 810, but with a bumped up QHD display from the Z4/Z3+. But how bad is the chip really?
Vietnamese Tech Reviewer Vật Vờ took it upon himself to see how much of an improvement the Xperia Z4 brings over the Xperia Z3. For all practical reasons, it’s the Snapdragon 810 vs the Snapdragon 801. The results were presented in an easy to understand video format (with audio in Vietnamese), so have a look.
The Xperia Z3 is on the left in White with the Xperia Z4/z3+ is on the right in Black. Both the phones were made to go through similar multitasking operations of gaming and camera. In the beginning, both the phones performed neck to neck, with only split second delays which would not affect practical users. However, as the running apps started piling and the processor started getting pushed harder and for longer durations (point where thermal throttling starts getting more aggressive as heat rises), the Xperia Z3 actually started outperforming the Xperia Z4, ending the task queued up 7 seconds earlier than the Z4.
While this was not one of the most scientific tests done, it does beat upon the dead horse that the Snapdragon 810 is a flawed product. Point to note is that the Snapdragon 810 is still a decent performer for all average use cases, even with all its heating issues and aggressive thermal throttling. However, if you as a customer are paying top dollar for the top of the line performance and the latest and greatest in consumer ready technology, the Snapdragon 810 is not the premier and undisputed choice in its current form.
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