Which Mobile Phone Processor is the Best?
What are Mobile Phone Processors?
If you look at your mobile phone, you see a screen, company logo, one or two speakers, front and back cameras and much more, which is powered by a processor. This charges your device throughout the day and is the backbone of your phone. These days on mobile phones, you can put quite a lot on your device and it can swiftly carry out your demands. But over time, processor speeds tend to wear down and as you download more apps, it tends to become harder for the processor to power your apps. Processors can also be called chipsets or CPU. These processors also come along with different but capacities. A bit is the smallest unit of data in the computer and in mobile phones, the most common are 32-bit and 64-bit.
Basic Structure of a Processor:
- The power consumption on your phone depends on the process that the smartphone is built on. When the number of cores on your device is higher, the processor’s performance elevates. However, what you do need to know is that the quad-core processor of one manufacturer may not necessarily be better than a dual-core of another. A major advantage of a mobile processor with multiple cores is that one or more of these cores are dedicated to low-power tasks that enter a sleep mode when you’re not using your device actively.
- The x.x GHz specification given next to a processor indicates its speed, which is the number of instructions your processor can execute in a second. In other words, the higher your processing speed, the better your processor.
- The GPU is dedicated to accelerate graphics applications, 3D content and user interface on your smartphone. It has become an important component for all mobile application processors and mid/high-end MCUs/MPUs. GPU also helps manufacturers design create powerful, visual-centric solutions for applications they are targeting.
- The RF Transceiver and 3G/4G control your connection with the world. The RF Transceiver receives and transmits voice connections, while the modem enables your phone to receive and send digital signals. When 4G LTE is enabled, the radio and modem have a high-speed cellular wireless network connection that is capable of delivering the same speed you get at home on your Wi-Fi connection.
Top 4 Processors in 2018:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm has unveiled the latest generation of its premium mobile chipset and say that they have worked on five key areas for the Snapdragon 845. They are immersion, artificial intelligence, security, connectivity, and performance. Immersion means capturing and rendering the world around you at a really high resolution and quality, so you can immerse yourself in a realistic environment. The Snapdragon 835 could already display 4k HDR content, and the Snapdragon 845 took that one step further by allowing smartphone cameras to record videos at 4k in HDR and now videos have much more colors and depth than before. It will also bring out better low-light photos because it can capture so much more data for use in noise reduction. It also comes with Adreno Foveation which basically concentrates graphics resources around what you’re looking at and de-emphasizes what’s in the periphery, so it releases some processing load. It is also engineered to handle better AI processes by focusing on core optimization and can perform three times faster than its predecessor. Qualcomm added a secure processing unit to the Snapdragon 845 which has its own processor and memory to defend against attacks. The One plus and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
Samsung Exynos 9810
The Samsung Exynos 9810 is a 64 bit octa-core processor with Cortex-A55 for the energy efficiency and it’s also got ARM Mali-G72 MP 18 GPU for graphics processing. It is built using a 10 nm fabrication process and also uses low power DDR4 RAM. When it comes to multimedia, the Exynos chip can do 4k at 120 FPS, both recording and playback. It also supports H.265, H.264 and VP9 codec. It can support dual cameras at the rear up to 16MP or a 24 MP single camera on the back. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0, advanced built-in image stabilization and the latest LTE mode. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus sport the Samsung Exynos 9810.
Huawei/Hi-Silicon Kirin 970
Huawei’s latest chipset gravitates towards deep learning and Artificial Intelligence to deliver an improved user experience in upcoming smartphones. The CPU will be paired with a new 12-core GPU and a dedicated NPU, which will be dedicated to handling AI tasks on the device. The Huawei P20 Pro sport the Hi-Silicon Kirin 970.
Apple’s A12 Bionic Chipset
The A12 Bionic chipset has a 7nm technology, being one of the first chips on the market along with Huawei’s new Kirin chip, which is also 7 nm technology. This chip has some great advantages. With the release of the A12 chipset, you will get a 25 % performance boost and 30 % of a graphics boost. This boost will come along with all the new pixels that the new iPhone X series have to push. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max sports the A12 Bionic Chipset.