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Is the Snapdragon 808 inside the LG G4 a huge mistake? (poll)

By Joe Levi May 5, 2015, 6:14 pm

We all know that higher numbers are better than lower ones, right? But does that same logic apply when we’re talking about two high-end mobile processors? The root of the questions falls squarely on LG, and its decision to put the Snapdragon 808 (instead of the 810) inside the flagship LG G4.

The LG G Flex 2 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC, but LG selected the Snapdragon 808 for use in the G4. Some have hypothesized that this decision was made due to what some are characterizing as “overheating” and “aggressive throttling” in the 810.

Snapdragon 808, 810, 600, and 410 comparison

According to a source, the decision to utilize the the 808 in the G4 was made well before any “concerns” (justified or not) about the 810 surfaced. While that might make for interesting dinner conversation, the more important question is whether or not LG made a huge mistake by going with the 808 instead of the 810.


As you can see, on paper, the Snapdragon 808 is notably less powerful than the 810. Does it show in everyday use?



,Snapdragon 808,Snapdragon 810
High-Power Cores,2 * 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57,4 * 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Low-Power Cores,4 * 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53,4 * 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53


Pocketnow’s Michael Fisher and Adam Lein have been putting the LG G4 through its paces.

In Michael’s testing, the G4 has reportedly been “smooth and responsive from the moment I first unboxed it”. That’s not a terribly difficult task for any phone with a decent set of specs. Typically the “bog” Michael is referring to starts to creep in with use, and as third-party apps are installed. That’s not the case with the G4:

“I was concerned that driving all these pixels with LG’s heavy software layer would result in some slowdowns … and it hasn’t bogged down much at all.”

Adam’s take is similar, with his test unit being “smooth and quick”. Neither Michael or Adam have noted any heat problems, whether using the camera heavily, or running the phone through some serious gaming. For those of you worried about the differences between phones with plastic backs versus leather backs, we’ve seen similar performance on both, and haven’t had any complaints about heat on either.


We’ll have to wait for our full review of the LG G4 to see how the Snapdragon 808 really performs, but it’s looking like LG made the right call. That’s just our two bits, now it’s time for your thoughts.

Was using decision to use the Snapdragon 808 in LG’s latest flagship a good one, or should the company have gone with Qualcomm’s flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 810. Answer the poll below, then head down to the comments to explain your answer.


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