Today’s high end handsets feature technology that’s more like a powerful PC. That became possible with the introduction of microprocessors inside smartphone similar to PC. These mobile processors made it possible to process more information with supersonic speeds. The latest smartphones can be compared to PC itself as they have multitasking capabilities and can do almost anything that can be done using a PC.
Most of these mobile processors started as single core processors. With the developing technology, now we have dual core and quad core processors. In dual core and quad core, each core works as a single processor. The number of cores a processor has dictates how much work it can process simultaneously. More the number of cores, it is easy for the system to do multitasking. Also it makes the device to smoothly run videos and games.
This article lists Mobile processors which are commonly used in today’s smartphone and tablets.
Nvidia set its foot in the emerging ARM market with the release of Tegra. It integrates the ARM architecture with a CPU (Central Processing Unit), GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and memory unit integrated into a single chip. Some of the models in Tegra series include Tegra APX series, Tegra 6XX series and Tegra 2. In Nov 2011, Nvidia announced the first quad core processor, Tegra 3 making it the powerful processor in the category. Tegra 3 features an additional fifth core which will be used for processing functions that require less phone power, therefore saving battery life. The presence of multiple cores makes the processing quicker which result in smoother gaming experience. Tegra 3 is known for low power consumption and high performance for playing audio and games.
Nvidia is now working on upgraded versions of Tegra 3 which will be named after names from super hero comic books such as Wayne(expected to be 10 times faster than Tegra 2), Grey (20 times faster than Tegra 2), Logan (50 times faster than Tegra 2) and Stark (75 times faster than Tegra 2).
Nvidia Tegra processors are the best for playing games and give a decent battery life.
Exynos is manufactured by Samsung based on ARM architecture. Samsung from the beginning, was well known for manufacturing processors for other manufactures which includes A4, A5, A5X processors (designed by Apple, but fabricated by Samsung) for Apple devices. With the emergence of smartphone and tablet market, Samsung decided to create its own brand of processors. Some of the popular models are Exynos 3 single (included in Samsung Galaxy S), Exynos 4 Dual (dual core) and Exynos 4 Quad core (quad core). The latest Quad core is included in Samsung Galaxy S lll. Presence of quad core in Slll makes it easier to multitask, switch between applications and play HD videos smoothly and without any glitch. The future versions of Samsung devices will be equipped with this processor.
Samsung Exynos processors are the best for running productivity tools.
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Qualcomm considers Snapdragon as a platform and very similar to ARM architecture. Snapdragon dubbed their product series as Scorpion. They have gone through S1, S2, S3 and the latest S4 series.
Snapdragon is the chip of choice for Windows Phone and preferred by manufactures like HTC and Nokia. Qualcomm’s dual core chip is highly efficient to the extent that while benchmarking, its performance stood almost equivalent to quad core. Another feature that stood out is efficient battery life which can be attributed to the chips design. The latest series S4 introduce latest quad core technology. With quad core variant of S4 recently introduced, this processor is going to rock smartphone and tablet market.
Qualcomm Snapdragon are the best for better battery life and if you like playing HD movies.
From the name itself, the processor is manufactured by Intel. It is based on X86 architecture rather than ARM system. Intel is now serious about conquering mobile device market. The latest version of Atom processors are different from the ones seen on netbooks. The smartphone version has improved performance speed and less power consumption. Atom processors are good in rendering web pages and playing web based games and videos. Recently Atom processors were made Android compatible. With improved performance and because of recent changes, we can see more decent number of handsets in the future from their partners Motorola and Orange.
Intel Atom processors are the best choice for using web based applications on Smartphones and Tablets.
The list features mobile processors which is going to take the market by storm very soon and the ones that we need to watch out for in the near future.