Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Get To Know Your Smartphone 5

Get To Know Your Smartphone 5
Lesson 5 = CPU

CPU as you may well have known, stands for Central Processing Unit. This is basically the heart of all computers, the CPU aka processor has a large role to play as to how much a device would cost. Usually the more powerful your chip is the better the performance you get. There are so many chip makers like Huawei, Nvidia, Samsung, Intel, Allwinner, Rockchip and Qualcomm just to mention a few. However they are four major chip makers in the industry. 1: MediaTek, 2: Qualcomm, 3: Nvidia and 4: Apple. Select any four phones at random and you will find out that atleast 2 of the devices use one or more of the above mentioned chip makers.

MediaTek; this is a home grown Taiwanese chip making company that decided to make cheap yet powerful processors. Was that really the formular needed for success? Well given that 1 out of every 3 android phone possesses MediaTek heartbeat testifies to the appropriateness of their plan. The MT6582 processor has won the hearts of many giants including HTC, LG, Huawei, and even Sony. Other processors are the MT6589 quadcore processor clocked at 1.2ghz as can be found in Tecno Phantoms and Infinix Alphas; the MT6588; the MT6592 octacore which seriously outdoes the Snapdragon 600, found in THL T100S and HTM H1 the MT6592 can support LTE and is a decent alternative to a snapdragon 800; the MT6582 clocked at just 1.3ghz but turns out to be one of the best, if not the best performing chip in its class.

Qualcomm, the benchmark for all chip makers, this is the one company almost everybody is chasing after. Their Snapdragon 800 is the most powerful chip till date. It can be found in Xiaomi MI3, ZTE Nubia Z5S, Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, all posting Antutu benchmarking scores northwards of 34,000.

If you are a simple social networker who loves to watch movies and play videos, a simple dualcore should be enough for you. But if you are a heavy user and gamer, the a good old quadcore will be enough.

Processors to watch out for.
*Nvidia Tegra K1
*Samsung Exynos 5 octa (64bit)
*64bit offerings from Allwinner, Huawei and Rockchip.

Type by cores
* Single core x1
* Dualcore x2
* Quadcore x4
* Hexacore x6
* Octacore x8

Most powerful Phone chips in no particular order
1: Snapdragon 800 and the coming 805
2: Mediateks MT6592
3: Nvidia Tegra K1
4: Apple A7
5: Hisilicon K3V3

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