Top 10 Mobile Processors
With the advancement in technology in today's world, it's very important to keep all your electronics gadgets up to date and own the most technologically advanced laptops, mobiles or tab, etc. In this article, we are going to discuss mobile processors as it is one of the important components. A smartphone's speed, gaming performance, battery efficiency, and user experience are directly based on mobile processor performance. It would be best if you had a smartphone with a fast processor so that you can do your task in no time and can open all your favorite apps in a blink of an eye. Still, if you have a mobile phone that has a weaker processor, it will result in issues like lag, overheating, poor battery life, and a bad user experience.
So what exactly is a mobile processor? It is an electronic circuit that is programmed to take care of the device's instructions such as voice calls, camera calibration, computation, cellular networking, etc. The mobile phone's power consumption directly depends on the process that the mobile processor is built on, and the gaming performance of mobile also depends on this. So here is the list of the top 10 processors of mobiles.
1. Apple A14 Bionic
Apple Inc. designs this mobile processor, and it is a 64-bit ARMv8.4-A. Its CPU performs 40% faster, and its GPU is 30% faster than its predecessor processor by Apple. It has 6 core Central Processing Unit with 2 big high-performance cores, Firestorm, and 4 energy-efficient little cores Icestorm. It also has a new machine learning matrix accelerator and a 16 core neural engine that performs ten times faster. A14 CPU has a neural engine that can perform about 11 trillion operations per second and second-generation machine learning matrix scalar multiplication accelerators. It also has new, improved computational photography capabilities. The products that include this processor are iPhone and iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro max, and iPad Air (fourth generation).
2. Snapdragon 888
In the android mobile segment, the best processor or system on chip is Snapdragon 888 by Qualcomm Technologies Inc. It uses the ARM architecture, and its single SoC (system on chip) may include multiple CPU cores, Hexagon digital signal processor, an Adreno graphics processing unit, and a Qualcomm Spectra Image signal processor (ISP). It can also run more advanced processing on a single camera. There is a number of mobiles available in India that use snapdragon 888 processor, such as OnePlus 9 Pro, Realme GT 5G, Vivo X60 Pro Plus, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, etc.
3. Exynos 2100
This chipset, which is being launched in 2021 under the flagship of Samsung, is a high-end mobile processor. It's a 5nm design and uses Arm's Cortex cores. Its 5nm process enables 10% better overall performance and 20% less power consumption. For high graphical performance, it uses Arm Mali G78 MP14 GPU, which gives 40% better performance. Samsung has also ensured the cellular connectivity of this processor as it is one of the important elements. This processor has integrated a 5G modem with sub 6GHz (speeds 5.1 GBPS) and mm-wave (speeds 7.35 GBPS) capabilities. It supports a 200 MP camera. The mobiles that use this processor are Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21, and S21 plus.
4. Apple A 13 Bionic
This is another system on a chip designed by Apple. It is a 64 bit six-core CPU that implements ARMv8.4-A ISA. It has 2 high-performance cores called Lightning and four energy-efficient cores called Thunder running at the speed of 2.5 GHz. AMX blocks the machine learning accelerator of Lightning cores is 6 times faster at matrix multiplication than the vortex cores of Apple A12 and gives one trillion single-precision operations per second. This processor has also integrated 4 core GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) with 40% lower power consumption and 20% faster graphic performance. This SoC appears in iPhone11 pro, iPhone 11 pro max, 9th generation iPad, and iPhone 2nd generation.
5. Kirin 9000
The HiSilicon Kirin 9000 is an ARM-based high-end octa-core SoC for tablets and smartphones. In 3 cores, it integrates 8 central processing units. For fast single-core performance, it has ARM Cortex A77 cores with upto 3.13 GHz, 4 efficiency cores based on the ARM Cortex-A 55 with upto 2.05 GHz, and 3 more Cortex A77 architecture cores with 2.54 GHz. All 8 cores can be used at once. For graphics performance, it uses Mali G78 architecture with all 24 cores. This processor integrates Da Vinci Architecture 2.0 for artificial intelligence acceleration. It has also integrated 5G modem support SA & NSA, Sub 6G, and mmWave. Its manufacturing company claims that its performance is on the level of Apple A13 Bionic. This processor is used in Huawei P50 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
6. Exynos 1080
Samsung launched Exynos 1080 in 2020, which supports a 144 Hz refresh rate display full HD resolution. It has 5G support with a 5nm EUV processor-based chip. This processor has an octa-core with a 4+3+1 core configuration. This SoC of Samsung can support a 200 MP camera sensor. It's a mid-range SoC, but it joins the likes of Huawei Kirin 9000 and Apple A14 due to its 5 nm-based processor. Its octa-core includes one Cortex A78 core clocked at 2.8 GHz, three Cortex A78 cores clocked at 2.6 GHz, and four Cortex A55 cores at 2.0 GHz. Exynos 1080 also has Mali G78 MP10 Graphic Processor Unit to handle graphics. It can run 5.7 trillion operations per second with its NPU (neural processing unit) and DSP (digital signal processor). To ensure connectivity, this processor supports 5G NR Sub 6GHz, 5G NR mmWave Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi (802.11ax), and FM Radio. The mobile with this processor is Vivo X60 and Vivo X60 Pro.
7. Snapdragon 870
Qualcomm and TSMC have created the snapdragon 865++ or Snapdragon 870 (as the company likes to call it), ensuring to squeeze a bit extra performance out of the 7nm node. Qualcomm's CPU has reached the highest clock speed in the world of mobiles as its prime core runs at 3.2Ghz. This processor has used Kryo 585 cores that are based on ARM's Cortex A77. Its prime CPU is 1 Cortex A77 @3.2 GHz, and its big CPU is 3 Cortex A77, and CPU (little) 4 Cortex A55. It has Adreno 650 for graphical performance unit, and its NPU is 15 TOPS. For connectivity, it has a 5G modem of 7.5 GBPS mmWave Sub 6 and WiFi 6. Mobiles that use this processor are Motorola Edge S Pro, Realme GT Neo 2, iQ00 Neo 5 SE, etc.
8. Dimensity 9000
This processor is by MediaTek and was launched towards the end of 2021. It is hyped in the market due to its use of a 4nm production process. If you look into its detail, it has 4nm SoC with octa-core CPU: one Ultra core Arm Cortex X2 to 3.05 GHz, three Super cores Arm Cortex A-710 to 2.85 GHz, and four Efficiency cores Arm Cortex A510. LPDDR5X memory support that is 25% faster than the previous generation and lower power consumption when delivering AI (artificial intelligence), 5G, and edge applications. This processor also supports 320 MP camera resolution. It supports 180Hz display refresh rate support at Full HD + Resolution. For gaming experience, this processor has an ARM Mali G710 MC10 graphics processor and Ray tracing SDJ using Vulkan for Android. For connectivity, it has the first 'Release 16' 5G modem, Sub 6GHz with 3CC Carrier Aggregation 7Gbps downlink and Bluetooth 5.3 & WiFi 6E. Mobile phones with this processor are OnePlus Nord 3, Oppo Find X4, etc.
9. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
This smartphone processor is the latest launch by Qualcomm in 2021. It has a new name to go with its new architecture, new AI features, 4nm manufacturing process, and camera features. It has a new Kryo CPU with upgraded specs: one Cortex X2 prime core at 2.995 GHz, three Cortex A710 performance cores at 2.5 GHz, and 4 Cortex A510 efficiency cores at 1.8 GHz. This processor delivers 20% more power than its predecessor (Snapdragon 888) and 30% improved power efficiency. The new Adreno GPU of this processor displays a 144 Hz refresh rate at QHD+ resolution better than its rival MediaTek that can hit 180Hz at lower FHD+ resolution. This processor has a triple ISP 18 bit, which is capable of processing upto 3.2 gigapixels per second. If we talk about its modem, it has 5G support that handles both mmWave and Sub-6 frequencies with up to 10Gbps speed. It also supports WiFi 6 and 6E. The smartphones that use this processor are Motorola Edge X30, Vivo X80 series, Samsung Galaxy S22 series, OnePlus 10 series, Realme GT 2 Pro, etc.
10. Snapdragon 888 Plus
This high-end Qualcomm processor was released in June 2021. It has increased the speed of the CPU clocks from 3 GHz to 2.84 GHz that increased the performance of the mobile and gave a better video streaming and gaming experience. Its AI capabilities have been increased by more than 20% for more immersive video calls and entertainment. If we compare Snapdragon 888 plus to its predecessor, it can deliver 32 Tera Operations per Second compared to 26 Tera Operations per Second of Snapdragon 888. This new processor has Kryo 680 Central Processing Unit (CPU) Prime core clocked at 3.0 GHz with a 6th generation Qualcomm Hexagon 780 artificial intelligence processor, and it also has Adreno 660 Graphical Processing Unit(GPU). Snapdragon 888 plus also X60 5G modem with 7.5 Gbps speed. For fast downloading, it has FastConnect 6900 to enable the latest WiFi standards. The mobiles with this processor are OnePlus 9 RT, OnePlus 10, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, etc.