A recent report by Ookla, the creator of Speedtest has unveiled that Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset offers the lowest energy consumption when using mobile data, outperforming other mobile chipsets. Ookla’s findings also highlight that 5G connectivity tends to consume more battery power compared to 4G.
It’s important to note that Ookla’s report solely focuses on Android devices, and there is no information available regarding the energy efficiency of Apple’s mobile chipsets.
Mobile data battery usage on each chipset – Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 takes the lead
Maintaining low battery usage is crucial during mobile data sessions on smartphones, especially considering that 5G being a fast wireless connection but significantly drains phones’ battery life faster as well, consuming approximately 6% to 11% more energy compared to 4G.
Different Android phones with various chipsets were tested starting at 100% battery level in the morning, measuring the remaining battery percentage between 12 PM and 6 PM on Ookla’s test.
The results demonstrate the excellent performance of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, with a 25% battery drain during 4G data usage and a 31% battery drain during 5G usage. The graph also reveals a significant improvement compared to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.
Ookla’s report indicates that new generation chipsets, generally give better efficiency in mobile data consumption compared to older chipsets. Let’s supose that a flagship chipset from 2019 and a midrange chipset from 2023 offer similar raw CPU and GPU performance, the newer chipset is likely to consume less energy during mobile data usage. Even they can handle the apps similarly, newer chipsets come with advanced modems.
The chipsets tested in Ookla’s report include Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Dimensity 9200, Dimensity 9000, Tensor G2, Tensor, Exynos 2200, and Exynos 2100. As mentioned earlier, it’s important to note that the test solely covers Android devices.