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Higher Snapdragon number doesn't mean better chipset?

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Higher Snapdragon number doesn't mean better chipset?

I thought that when you compared snapdragon processor a 600 would be higher than a 400 but that's not the case? I am compairing an LG Stylo 3 Plus to an Galaxy S4(SGH-i337M) to see if the LG would be an upgrade. The chipset of the Stylo 3 is an Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 and the chipset of the S4 is Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600. I thought 600 is higher than 435 so 600 would be better. But when you compare the specs, the 435 has Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU vs the Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 located in the S4. And the S4 has a Adreno 320 GPU where as the Stylo 3 has a Adreno 505 GPU. Both phones have 2GB ram but I think the Stylo 3 has faster ram. So the Stylo 3 would be an upgrade? What other specs should I be looking at that I am missing?
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It's not just number that matters, it's also generation. The Snapdragon 600 came out in 2013, the 435 came out in 2016. You're comparing a flagship(ish) processor from 2013 to a mid-level(ish) processor from 2016.
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johnnyh55 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 11:28 am
I thought that when you compared snapdragon processor a 600 would be higher than a 400 but that's not the case? I am compairing an LG Stylo 3 Plus to an Galaxy S4(SGH-i337M) to see if the LG would be an upgrade. The chipset of the Stylo 3 is an Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 and the chipset of the S4 is Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600. I thought 600 is higher than 435 so 600 would be better. But when you compare the specs, the 435 has Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU vs the Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 located in the S4. And the S4 has a Adreno 320 GPU where as the Stylo 3 has a Adreno 505 GPU. Both phones have 2GB ram but I think the Stylo 3 has faster ram. So the Stylo 3 would be an upgrade? What other specs should I be looking at that I am missing?
Come on son...really? It's not just the numbers.
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Nov 15th, 2017 5:49 am
Come on son...really? It's not just the numbers.
That's reason I am asking the question, which specs do you need to compare to make sure that the new phone is actually an upgrade from what you have right now? I know the S4 is pretty old so I guess a newer mid level phone would be better I guess, but I wanted to know which specs would actually matter most?
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johnnyh55 wrote:
Nov 15th, 2017 7:37 am
That's reason I am asking the question, which specs do you need to compare to make sure that the new phone is actually an upgrade from what you have right now? I know the S4 is pretty old so I guess a newer mid level phone would be better I guess, but I wanted to know which specs would actually matter most?
The best thing to do is test the phone. You can't really get the full feel with specs alone.
For me I think amoled is essential and will not even consider any other screen type, but that's a personal thing. Whether something is fast enough or not is also subjective.

If you're looking at benchmarks of the processor, notebook check has them. Type snapdragon on the first search box and you can compare different generations and models. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Smartphon ... 513.0.html
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johnnyh55 wrote:
Nov 15th, 2017 7:37 am
That's reason I am asking the question, which specs do you need to compare to make sure that the new phone is actually an upgrade from what you have right now? I know the S4 is pretty old so I guess a newer mid level phone would be better I guess, but I wanted to know which specs would actually matter most?
I'n gonna guess you didn't see my bolded words in that quote.

Allow me to repeat it- You are comparing an OCTA CORE SD435 to a QUAD CORE SD600. In what sense are the chipset numbers comparable in that manner...
That's like comparing a 2015 AWD vs 2017 FWD and saying the 2017 is better because of the higher number.
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For Qualcomm, generally, 8xx is the flagship series, 6xx is the mid range, and 4xx is budget. After some generations a 4xx part can overtake a 6xx part. It behooves the buyer to research the product properly before buying it.

It took me all of 2 seconds to find this:

https://www.gsmarena.com/qualcomm_annou ... -16574.php
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The difference is one is 64-bit and other is 32-bit. 64-bit will have more processing capacity and speeds etc.

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