Planning to buy a new Smartphone? But worried about the speed of the new gadget since your last mobile frustrated you with slow apps and hanging every time you paced up and down to answer that urgent message of your boss. Of course the most important thing in today’s life is speed especially of your personal gadgets.
Reading the specs of a Smartphone on your favorite online shop is like reading an unknown script. You may get bowled over by the terms like Exynos, Snapdragon, quad-core, octa-core. If you too find these processor names like characters from an alien movie then stay through the rest of the sections of this guide. Read along to know what to consider in terms of mobile processors.
Do Smartphones Need a Processor as a Computer does?
Yes, of course a processor is the soul of a Smartphone. It is the reason behind execution of all the commands that you give through various apps and programs. A Smartphone has transformed to more than a gadget for communication. It has become a dependable partner for entertainment, social networking, a personal organizer, your path finder, your guide, portable bank and booking counter and shopping interface. It does more than normal telephone and relies heavily on a touch screen based operating system. In a very subtle way it works like a sophisticated computer that manages your data and runs your applications. These applications make your life easier in all ways you can imagine and want. If you have heard that a processor is the brain of computer then you must also agree that smartphone processor works in the same capacity to your most loyal gadget.
What’s in the Core?
In a very basic sense a core is a processing unit which has the capability to read and perform any given task instructions independently. If a gadget is manufactured with multi-core processor then it means that it is actually a single computing component having more than one independent processing unit thus increasing the speed of execution of instructions. It results in faster programs and applications.
Most gadgets and computers that we see around have multi-core processors. We have a history of such processors beginning with one core and going to as many as eight cores. So in the same terminology quad-core processors have four cores, hexa core comes with six and octa-core with eight cores provided the best power to your smartphones and tablets.
It is the same stuff like work-time problems in mathematics. You hated solving such problems but you loved the application of the concept of more the number of people, the lesser time will be needed to complete the work. So, more the count of cores in a processor the faster it is in doing the task assigned to it by dividing the work among all the individual processing units in parallel. You can push your device to do more in less time. You will observe the difference in working of your smartphone. Smartphone boots faster, apps open in a jiffy, you can shoot amazingly clear images and High-Definition videos, open the gallery in no time, load them on to social network in a blink. You love to watch online videos and listen to the music with no buffering time. Game playing becomes fun. In general, more cores means more power, less time and exceptionally good user experience.
Core options available
These are five most renowned and most used processors in smartphones of today’s genre.
Qualcomm 820(Snapdragon)– this one is raving the smartphone buyers with the snappy speeds and excellent experience for any kind of apps. It comes with octa-core processor and is faster in single threaded tasks.
Apple A9– comes under the third generation of Apples 64 Bit architecture (Cyclone 3) which is powered by its latest transistor technology.
Samsung’s Exynos 8890– Containing four Samsung M1 cores at 2.6 GHz speed. It is just a step behind Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. The only difference is that if 8890 can use all 8 cores it can easily beat snapdragon on executing any app.
Kirin 950 –Also an octa-core with eight CPU cores runs at 2400 MHz and manufactured with modern 16-nm providing 64 bit support.
Samsung’s Exynos 7420 Octa– is another competitor in the race of Octa-core processors. Running at 2.1 GH provides excellent capability to Android devices
Definitely an Octa-core processor is speedier than a quad-core processor but with the condition that app being run on the smartphone is designed and programmed to take full advantage of the eight cores available. The Smartphone operating system must also be able to get the maximum advantage of all the core capability on its disposal by multitasking.
Core and other components
You cannot simply conclude that more the cores better is your smartphone. To an extent this is true but other components of your mobile are also responsible for enhancing its speed. Your Smartphone must have a matching graphics processing unit, Main Memory (RAM), good Wi-Fi capability in addition to good battery power. Focus on these components too if you are really looking for a good smartphone. Do not run after high-end brands. The better option is to shortlist various smartphone models and compare them on parameters like processor, operating system and RAM to get the best in your money.
While getting a new smartphone ensure that you get the latest technology to get benefit of maximum apps and other mobile utilities. Even though processor type may give you a general idea about your Smartphone’s efficiency but it is not the only guiding factor. The smartphone efficiency also depends on how much you use it and the kind and number of apps you use. Some may call the multiple cores as a marketing gimmick by the manufacturers and marketers. In fact more the cores, multithreading apps will use up the battery faster. If you are really fond of using heavy apps like live videos or games you will be able to appreciate the real power of multi-core processor, else a dual or quad core will work fine for you.