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Qualcomm’s confusing nomenclature created quite a confusion yesterday when Sony announced the Xperia Z2 with a Snapdragon 801, while the Galaxy S5 was still packing a Snapdragon 800. Most of us thought that the processor on the Xperia Z2 was better than Galaxy S5’s S800.Turns out we were wrong, with many others.

A deeper dig into Qualcomm’s documentation reveals that the Galaxy S5’s Snapdragon 800 is actually the Snapdragon 801, while that of the Sony Xperia Z2, is still the Snapdragon 800. Sound’s confusing? Give us a chance to explain.

Last year’s Snapdragon 800 which can be seen on devices like the LG G2 and the Xperia Z Ultra is model number MSM8974. This particular version comes with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3GHz. The Adreno 330 GPU is clocked at 450MHz, while the ISP frequency maxes out at 320MHz. the memory on the chip is of DDR3 variety, clocked in at 1,600MHz.

Now, the recently announced Xperia Z2 still comes with a Snapdragon 800, although it’s second generation. Model number MSM8974AB, the processor comes with the same Krait 400 cores at 2.3GHz, but the GPU clock has been raised to 550MHz. ISP frequency also gets a boost to 465MHz, while the memory chip is now clocked at 1,866MHz.

Finally, the MSM8974AC found in the Galaxy S5 the actual Snapdragon 801, with a clock speed of 2.5GHz on Krait 400 cores. Other things remaining similar to MSM8974AB, the GPU clock is set at 578MHz and the eMMC interface on the chip is 5.0, instead of 4.5 on the other two.

So, the Galaxy S5’s has the Snapdragon 801 that for some reason being called Snapdragon 800 by Samsung, and Xperia Z2’s Snapdragon 801 is actually the Snapdragon 800, unless Qualcomm decides to call MSM8974AB the Snapdragon 801 as well. We hope that should clear stuff up.