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Today’s smartphone and mobile processors are very powerful, so powerful that it is almost as powerful as a desktop computer. Processors are now coming up with more cores. Initially, it was Single core, then came Dual-core, we now have Quad-core, Hexa-core, Octa-core, and Deca-core. Most processors are 64 bit now as against 32 bit when it started initially. The processing speed has reached up to 3.0 -3.5 GHz. The ability to include GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) inside mobile processors have enabled devices to churn out the best graphics picture, 3D capability, Virtual Reality capability, and 4k recording. The improved processor technology also made today’s modern mobile devices more power-efficient.

This article lists some of the most popular mobile processors used in smartphone and tablets.

Qualcomm Snapdragon

qualcomm snapdragon processor listQualcomm Technologies is a US-based company. Qualcomm first became a known brand when they introduced CDMA technology in the market. Qualcomm is actively involved in technology related to semiconductor designing for mobile devices, tracking devices, satellite phones, Virtual Reality, wireless charging, communications, etc. Qualcomm is now known for its Snapdragon brand which is responsible for releasing mobile processors and LTE modems.

Snapdragon’s first claim to fame in processor market was when it released the first 1 GHz processor when the average speed of most smartphones was only 512 MHz.

Pros and Cons of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors

Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are popular with all mobile and tablet manufacturers except Apple.

Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are known for its performance. The processor handles multitasking very well and can handle heavy and intensive processing which is especially good for gaming. The presence of inbuilt Adreno graphics matches the performance of the processor. Snapdragon processors also produce less heat compared to other processors. Generally, Snapdragon processors are costlier than other processors.

Starting from 2005, Snapdragon went through a lot of series – S1, S2, S3, S4, S200, S400, S600, S800. The processor is going through S800 series as of 2016 end. S800 series already released S800, S801, S805, S808, S810, S820, S821. Most Qualcomm processors in medium to high-end phone market is either an S820 or 821.

After 821, Qualcomm released 835 series which was released in the early quarter of 2017. 835 series offers significant changes over 821. The chip size is 10 nanometer compared to 14 nanometers in S821. The new processor is 27% faster in performance, consume 40% less power and reduced size by 30%. The new chip is also equipped with Quick Charge 4.0 which can give enough power to your battery to last a day with just 5-10 minute charging.

Some of Snapdragon 821 devices are Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Asus Zenfone, OnePlus 3T, Xiaomi Mi 5s, Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, LeEco Le Pro3.

Sl No#ProcessorProcessRelease YearCoresCPU speedGPUSome Popular Models
1MSM8996 Lite 82014 nm FinFET LPPQ1 201642 x 1.804 GHz + 2 x 1.363 GHz Kryo510 MHz Adreno 530ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe,LG G5, Moto Z,Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro
2MSM8996 82014 nm FinFET LPPQ4 201542 x 2.15 GHz + 2 x 1.593 GHz Kryo624 MHz Adreno 530Samsung Galaxy S7,Samsung Galaxy S7,Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge,Sony Xperia XZ,Xiaomi Mi 5 64GB/128GB,Vivo Xplay 6
3MSM8996 Pro-AB 82114 nm FinFET LPPQ3 201642 x 2.15 GHz + 2 x 1.593 GHz Kryo624 MHz Adreno 530Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL,Xiaomi Mi 5s,HTC U Ultra
4MSM8996 Pro-AC 82114 nm FinFET LPPQ3 201642 x 2.342 GHz + 2x 1.6/2.188 GHz Kryo653 MHz Adreno 530One Plus 3T,Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus,ZTE Axon 7s

Snapdragon 835 was released in the year 2017. Some of Snapdragon 835 devices are Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 4/5, Sony Xperia XZ, Pixel 2, HTC 11.

Sl No#ProcessorProcessRelease YearCoresCPU speedGPUSome Popular Models
1MSM8998 83510 nm FinFET LPE2017 Q284 x 2.45 GHz + 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo 280670 MHz Adreno 540Samsung Galaxy S8, Sony Xperia XZ Premium,Google Pixel 2,Google Pixel 2 XL,Xiaomi Mi 6

Snapdragon 845 and 850 were released in the year 2018.

Sl NoProcessorProcessRelease YearCoresCPU speedGPUSome Popular Models
1SDM 84510 nm FinFET LPP2018 Q184 x 2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver710 MHz Adreno 630Samsung Galaxy S9, LG G7 ThinQ, Sony Xperia XZ2, OnePlus 6, Xiaomi Mi 8
2SDM 85010 nm FinFET LPP2018 Q384 x 2.95 GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver710 MHz Adreno 630Samsung Galaxy Book2, Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS, Huawei Matebook E 2019

The latest in line is Snapdragon 855 and the superfast Snapdragon 855+.

Sl NoProcessorProcessRelease YearCoresCPU speedGPUSome Popular Models
1SM8150 8557 nm TSMC2019 Q18Kryo 485 1 x 2.84 GHz + 3 x 2.42 GHz + 4 x 1.80 GHz585 MHz Adreno 640Samsung Galaxy S10, LG G8 ThinkQ, Oneplus 7,Xiaomi Mi 9
2SM8150-AC 855+7 nm TSMC2019 Q38Kryo 485 1 x 2.96 GHz + 3 x 2.42 GHz + 4 x 1.80 GHz672 MHz Adreno 640Asus ROG Phone 2, Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro, Nubia Z20
38cx7 nm TSMC2019 Q38Kryo 495Adreno 680Samsung Galaxy Book S

Apple Mobile processors

List of Smart Phone and Tablet Mobile Processors
Apple does not manufacture any microprocessors. Instead, they make contracts with processor manufacturing companies mainly Samsung and TSMC for making custom-built processors that suit their design and performance expectations. For e.g., the A9 14nm processor was built by Samsung, while the A9 16nm version was built by TSMC.

Apple A series

Apple A series is designed for processors to be used on iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch, and Apple TV. Some of the processors in the series are A4, A5, A5X, A6, A6X, A7, A8, A8X, A9, A9X, A10, A11, A12, and A12X.

Sl NoProcessorProcessRelease YearCoresCPU speedGPUSome Popular Models
1A445nm2010 Q110.8-1 GHz Cortex-A8PowerVR SGX535iPhone 4, iPad (1st Gen),iPad Touch (4th Gen), Apple TV (2nd Gen)
2A545nm HKMG2011 Q120.8-1 GHz Cortex-A9PowerVR SGX543MP2 (2 core) 200 MHziPhone 4S, iPad 2 (3rd Gen)
3A532nm HKMG2012 Q120.8-1 GHz Cortex-A9PowerVR SGX543MP2 (2 core) 200 MHziPad 2 (4th Gen) ,Apple TV (3rd Gen),iPad Touch (5th Gen), iPad Mini (1st Gen)
4A532nm HKMG2013 Q111 GHz Cortex-A9PowerVR SGX543MP2 (2 core) 200 MHzApple TV (3rd Gen)
5A5X45nm2012 Q111 GHz Cortex-A9PowerVR˙SGX543MP4 (4 core) 200 MHziPad (3rd Gen)
6A632nm HKMG2012 Q321.3 GHz SwiftPowerVR˙SGX543MP3 (3core) 266 MHziPhone 5, iPhone 5C
7A6X32nm HKMG2012 Q421.4 GHz SwiftPowerVR SGX554MP4 (4 core) 266 MHziPad (4th Gen)
8A728nm HKMG2013 Q321.3 GHz CyclonePowerVR˙G6430 (4 core) 450 MHziPhone 5S,iPad Mini 2,iPad Mini 3
9A728nm HKMG2013 Q421.4 GHz CyclonePowerVR˙G6430 (4 core) 450 MHziPad Air (1st Gen)
10A820nm TSMC2014 Q321.1?1.5 GHz TyphoonPowerVR GX6450 (4 core) 533 MHziPhone 6,iPhone 6+,iPad Touch (6th Gen), iPad Mini 4, Apple TV (4th Gen), HomePod
11A8X20nm TSMC2014 Q431.5 GHz TyphoonPowerVR GXA6850 (8 core) 450 MHziPad Air 2
12A914nm FinFET2015 Q321.85 GHz TwisterPowerVR GT7600 (6 core) 600 MHziPhone 6S,iPhone 6S+,iPhone SE,iPad 2017
13A916nm FinFET2015 Q321.85 GHz TwisterPowerVR GT7600 (6 core) 600 MHziPhone 6S,iPhone 6S+,iPhone SE,iPad 2017
14A9X16nm FinFET2015 Q422.16?2.26 GHz TwisterPowerVR 7XT Series (12 core)533 MHziPad Pro 12.9 inch, iPad Pro 9.7 inch
15A10 Fusion16nm FinFET2016 Q342.34 GHz (2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr)PowerVR GT7600 Plus (6 core) 650 MHziPhone 7,iPhone 7+,(iPad 2018),iPad Touch (7th Gen)
16A10X Fusion10nm FinFET2017 Q262.36 GHz (3x Hurricane + 3x Zephyr)PowerVR GT7600 Plus (12-core) 600 MHziPad Pro 10.5 inch,iPad Pro 12.9 inch, Apple TV 4K
17A11 Bionic10nm FinFET2017 Q362.39 GHz 2x Monsoon + 4x MistralApple Custom GPU (triple-core)iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X
18A12 Bionic7nm FinFET2018 Q362.49 GHz 2x Vortex + 4x TempestApple Custom GPU (quad-core)iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air (2019), iPad Mini (2019)
19A12X Bionic7nm FinFET2018 Q482.49 GHz 4x Vortex + 4x TempestApple Custom GPU (Hepta-core)iPad Pro (11.0-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd Gen)

A12X is the latest processor in this category. The processor is manufactured by TSMC on a 7nm process and comes with an Octa-core CPU and a Hepta-core GPU. The graphics are twice faster than its predecessor. Apart from graphics, the overall processing is fast, memory management has improved, Machine learning and AI made a lot of improvement and progress compared to its previous versions.

Apple S series

Apple S series is designed for processors in Apple Watch. Some of the processes in the series are Apple S1, Apple S1P, and Apple S2. The latest version is Apple S4 is a dual-core processor in Apple Watch Series 4. The processor is manufactured by Samsung under contract from Apple.

Sl NoProcessorProcessRelease YearCoresCPU speedGPUSome Popular Models
1S128 nm HKMG2015 Q21520 MHz single-core Cortex-A7PowerVR Series 5Apple Watch (1st Gen)
2S1P28 nm HKMG2016 Q32520 MHz dual-core Cortex-A7 without GPSPowerVR Series 6 ‘Rouge’Apple Watch Series 1
3S2TBC2016 Q32520 MHz dual-core Cortex-A7 with GPSPowerVR Series 6 ‘Rouge’Apple Watch Series 2
4S3 Non-LTE and LTETBC2017 Q32Dual-corePowerVRApple Watch Series 3
5S4 Non-LTE and LTETBC2017 Q32Dual-corePowerVRApple Watch Series 4


Apple W series

Apple W series is used in headphones for wireless audio connectivity. The series is currently in Apple W1 which is used in wireless headphones and AirPods.

Apple T series

Apple T series is designed to use in TouchID sensors in MacBook Pro. The only version released till now is Apple T1.

Samsung Exynos

Samsung Exynos microprcessor manufacturerExynos is a brand of Samsung Electronics which makes processors based on ARM architecture.

Some of the processors in the series are Exynos 7 Dual, Exynos 7420, Exynos 7 Octa 7580, Exynos 7 Octa 7870.

Exynos 7420 Octa which is a 14nm, octa-core processor is used in Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

After the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung decided to use both Exynos and Qualcomm models for their smartphone. Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge used both Exynos 8 Octa 8890 and Snapdragon 820. The type of processor used was decided by the model number and the place from where it is bought. Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is 14nm octa-core processor.

Exynos 8 Octa 8895 is the latest from Exynos. The processor is equipped with Octa-Core on 64-bit ARM architecture with Mali GPU. The processor is capable of running at 2.3 GHz speed with support for 3D gaming, 4K UHD resolution support. The chips are 10 nm technology. The processor is used in Galaxy S8 and S8+ processor. (Some models of S8 and S8+ use Snapdragon 835 processor).

Sl NoProcessorProcessRelease YearCPU speedGPUSome Popular Models
1Exynos 3 Single 311045nm HKMG20091.0GHz Single-Core (Cortex®-A8)PowerVR SGX540Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Samsung Google Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G LTE
2Exynos 4 Dual 421045nm HKMG20111.0GHz Dual-Core (Cortex®-A9)Mali™-400 MP4Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Meizu MX
3Exynos 4 Dual 421232nm HKMG20111.5GHz Dual-Core (Cortex®-A9)Mali™-400 MP4Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
4Exynos 5 Dual 525032nm HKMG20111.7GHz Dual-Core (Cortex®-A15)Mali™-T604 MP4Google Nexus 4, Samsung Chromebook, HP Chromebook 11
5Exynos 4 Quad 441232nm HKMG20121.4/1.6GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A9)Mali™-400 MP4Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Samsung Galery 1 & 2, Lenovo LePhone K860i
6Exynos 5 Octa 541028nm HKMG20131.6GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A15) + 1.2GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A7)PowerVR SGX544 MP3Samsung Galaxy S4, Meizu MX3
7Exynos 5 Octa 542028nm HKMG20131.9GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A15) + 1.3GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A7)Mali™-T628 MP6Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Samsung Galaxy NotePRO, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1(2014)
8Exynos 3 Quad 347028nm HKMG20141.4GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A7)Mali™-400 MP4Samsung Galaxy Light, Samsung Galaxy Win
9Exynos 5 Hexa 526028nm HKMG20141.5GHz Dual-Core (Cortex®-A15) +  1.3GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A7)Mali™-T628 MP3Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
10Exynos 5 Octa 542228nm HKMG20142.1GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A15) + 1.4GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A7)Mali™-T628 MP6Samsung Galaxy S5
11Exynos 5 Octa 543020nm HKMG20142.0GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A15) + 1.4GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A7)Mali™-T628 MP6Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Meizu MX4 Pro
12Exynos 5 Octa 543320nm HKMG20141.9GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A57) + 1.3GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-T760 MP6Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
13Exynos 7 Octa 758028nm HKMG20151.6GHz Octa-Core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-T720 MP2Samsung Galaxy A7, Samsung Galaxy A5,Samsung Galaxy View
14Exynos 7 Octa 742014nm FinFET20152.1GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A57) + 1.5GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-T760 MP8Samsung Galaxy A8, Samsung Galaxy Note5, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Meizu PRO 5
15Exynos 7 Dual 727014nm FinFET20161.0GHz Dual-Core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-T720 MP1Samsung Gear Sport, Samsung Gear S3 fronntier, Samsung Gear S3 classic
16Exynos 7 Quad 757014nm FinFET20161.4GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-T720 MP1Samsung Galaxy J2 Core, Samsung Galaxy J4, Samsung Galaxy J3
17Exynos 7 Octa 787014nm FinFET20161.6GHz Octa-Core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-T830 MP1Samsung Galaxy J6, Samsung Galaxy A6,Samsung Galaxy J7, Samsung Galaxy A3, Samsung Galaxy  Tab A 10.1
18Exynos 8 Octa 889014nm FinFET20162.3GHz Quad-Core (Custom Core) + 1.6GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-T880 MP12Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Meizu PRO 6 Plus
19Exynos 788014nm FinFET20171.9GHz Octa-Core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-T830 MP3Samsung Galaxy A7(2017), Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
20Exynos 889510nm FinFET20174x Custom CPU, Up to 2.3GHz + 4x Cortex®-A53, Up to 1.7GHzMali™-G71 MP20Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Meizu 15 Plus
21Exynos 787214nm FinFET20182.0GHz Dual-core (Cortex®-A73) + 1.6GHz Quad-core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-G71 MP1Meizu M6s
22Exynos 788514nm FinFET20182.2GHz Dual-core (Cortex®-A73) + 1.6GHz Hexa-core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-G71 MP2Samsung Galaxy A8, Samsung Galaxy A8+
23Exynos 790414nm FinFET2018Up to 1.8GHz Dual-core (Cortex®-A73) + Up to 1.6GHz Hexa-core (Cortex®-A53)Mali-G71 MP2Samsung Galaxy M20, Samsung Galaxy M10
24Exynos 961010nm FinFET2018Up to 2.3GHz Quad-core (Cortex®-A73) + Up to 1.7GHz Quad-core (Cortex®-A53)Mali™-G72 MP3Samsung Galaxy A50
25Exynos 981010nm FinFET20184x Custom CPU, Up to 2.9GHz + 4x Cortex®-A55, Up to 1.9GHzMali™-G72 MP18Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+, Samsung Galaxy Note 9
26Exynos 98208nm LPP FinFET2019Dual-core (Custom CPU) + Dual-core (Cortex®-A75) + Quad-core (Cortex®-A55)ARM Mali™-G76 MP12Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10+, Samsung Galaxy S10e
27Exynos 98257nm EUV LPP20192 x M4 2.73 GHz + 2 x ARM Cortex-A75 2.31 GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 1.95 GHzARM Mali™-G76 MP12Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+



Mediatek Processor ListMediaTek is a Taiwanese semiconductor company that provides chips for wireless mobile devices, HDTVs, navigation systems, multimedia products and a variety of other electronic devices. The company was founded in 1997 with headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan. They started off designing chipsets for home entertainment multimedia products, soon upgrading it to making Soc (system-on-chip) for mobile phones and smart devices.

MediaTek processors come in Dual Core (2 core), Quad-Core (4 core), Hexa Core (6 core) and Deca Core (10 core). They are now experimenting with the upcoming 12 core processors. Graphics processing is also good in these processors. MediaTek processors are also known for being power hungry which reduce battery life. Heat production is a little more than other manufacturers. In general, MediaTek processors are rated good, but not up to the mark set by Qualcomm or other manufacturers.

MediaTek processors are priced less compared to other processors. The processor targets phones mainly in the mid-range category with high performance. These processors are mainly used by Chinese phones.

Helio A series

Helio A series of processors are mainly targeted for entry-level smartphones.

Helio A Series
Sl NoProcessorProcessReleasedCoresCPU SpeedGPUSome Popular Models
1Helio A22 (MT6761)12 nm2018 Q342Ghz Quad-core Cortex-A53PowerVR GE-seriesHuawei Honor Play 8, Nokia 2.2, Coolpad Cool 3, Elephone A6 Mini

Helio P series

Helio P series stands for Premium Performance. The processors are meant to give maximum performance and batter power efficiency without compromising on user experience. The Soc (Systems-on-chip) is comparatively cheaper than its main competitor Qualcomm processors. These processors can be seen a lot on cheaper Chinese smartphones with surprising high performance.

Helio P Series
Sl NoProcessorProcessReleasedCoresCPU SpeedGPUSome Popular Models
1Helio P10 (MT6755)28nm HPC+2015 Q482.0GHz 4x Cortex-A53 + 1.2GHz 4x Cortex-A53700MHz Mali-T860Sony Xperia XA, Lenovo K5 Note, Motorola Moto M, HTC One A9s
2Helio P15 (MT6755T)28nm HPC+2017 Q282.2GHz 4x Cortex-A53700 MHz Mali-T860Motorola Moto M
3Helio P18 (MT6755S)28nm HPC+2018 Q182Ghz Octa-core Cortex-A53800Mhz Mali-T860 MP2Nokia 5.1
4Helio P20 (MT6757)16nm FFC2016 Q482.3 GHz 4x Cortex-A53900 MHz Mali-T880Sony Xperia XA1, Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, Meizu E2, Elephone Z1
5Helio P22 (MT6762)12 nm2018 Q282Ghz Octa-core Cortex-A53650Mhz PowerVR GE8320LG K12 Max, Realme C2, Vivo Y12, Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro, Lenovo K9
6Helio P23 (MT6763T)16nm FFC2017 Q382.3Ghz Octa-core Cortex-A53770Mhz Mali-G71 MP2Oppo A1, Alcatel 7, Elephone U, Vivo Y75
7Helio P25 (MT6757T)16nm FFC2017 Q282.6Ghz Octa-core Cortex-A531Ghz Mali-T880 MP2Meizu Pro 7, Gionee S10, Aermoo M1, Ulefone T1
8Helio P30 (MT6758)16nm FFC2017 Q382.3Ghz Octa-core Cortex-A53950Mhz Mali-G71 MP2Gionee M7
9Helio P35 (MT6765)12nm HPM2019 Q182.3Ghz Octa-core Cortex-A53680Mhz PowerVR GE8320Xiaomi Mi Play, Huawei Honor Play 8A, Vivo Y17, HTC Desire 19+
10Helio P60 (MT6771)12nm HPM2018 Q182.0 GHz Cortex-A73(4 cores) + 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53(4 cores)800 MHz Mali-G72 MP3Oppo F9, Realme 3i, ZTE Blade A7, Panasonic Eluga X1
11Helio P65 (MT6768)12nm HPM2019 Q482.0 GHz Cortex-A75(4 cores) + 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55(4 cores)Mali-G52Vivo S1 P65, Vivo Y7s
12Helio P7012nm HPM2018 Q482.1 GHz Cortex-A73(4 cores) + 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53(4 cores)900 MHz Mali-G72 MP3Oppo F11, Realme 3, ZTE Blade V10, Vivo S1
13Helio P9012nm HPM2018 Q482.2 GHz Cortex-A73(2 cores) + 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53(6 cores)IMG 9XM-HP8Ulefone T3

Helio X series

Helio X series is a 64-bit series, most octa-core processors which carry the capabilities of inserting top-end features in the devices. X-series is mainly targeted towards devices on the high-end devices on mid-range priced devices.

Helio X Series
Sl NoProcessorProcessReleasedCoresCPU SpeedGPUSome Popular Models
1Helio X1028 nm HPM2015 Q182 GHz Cortex-A53700 MHz PowerVR G6200HTC One X9,Xiaomi Redmi Note 2,Meizu MX5,LeEco (LeTV) Le 1s
2Helio X10 M28 nm HPM2015 Q182 GHz Cortex-A53550 MHz PowerVR G6200“HTC One X9,Xiaomi Redmi Note 2,Meizu MX5,LeEco (LeTV) Le 1s
3Helio X10 T28 nm HPM2015 Q182.2 GHz Cortex-A53700 MHz PowerVR G6200HTC One X9,Xiaomi Redmi Note 2,Meizu MX5,LeEco (LeTV) Le 1s
4Helio X2020 nm HPM2016 Q1102.1 GHz 2 Cortex-A72 + 1.85 GHz 4 Cortex-A53 + 1.4 GHz 4 Cortex-A53780 MHz Mali-T880LeEco (LeTV) Le 2PRO, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Meizu MX6
5Helio X20 M20 nm HPM2016 Q1102 GHz 2 Cortex-A72 + 1.85 GHz 4 Cortex-A53 + 1.4 GHz 4 Cortex-A53780 MHz Mali-T880Xiaomi Redmi Note 2,LeEco (LeTV) Le S3,Meizu MX6,Alcatel Flash 2017
6Helio X2320 nm HPM2016 Q4102.3 GHz 2 Cortex-A72 + 1.85 GHz 4 Cortex-A53 + 1.4 GHz 4 Cortex-A53780 MHz Mali-T880LeEco (LeTV) Le 3 Pro
7Helio X2520 nm HPM2016 Q1102.5 GHz 2 Cortex-A72 + 2 GHz 4 Cortex-A53 + 1.55 GHz 4 Cortex-A53850 MHz Mali-T880LeEco (LeTV) Le 2,Meizu Pro 6s,Elephone S8,Leagoo P11
8Helio X2720 nm HPM2016 Q4102.6 GHz 2 Cortex-A72 + 2 GHz 4 Cortex-A53 + 1.6 GHz 4 Cortex-A53875 MHz Mali-T880Meitu M8s, UMi Z, Ulefone Gemini Pro, LeEco (LeTV) Le 3 Pro
9Helio X3010 nm FF2017 Q2102.5 GHz 2 Cortex-A73 + 2.2 GHz 4 Cortex-A53 + 1.9 GHz 4 Cortex-A53800 MHz PowerVR GT7400 PlusMeizu Pro 7 Plus, Vernee Apollo 2

Helio G series

This is the latest one of all series. Helio G series processors are designed to give the best mobile gaming experience for gamers. The chips are equipped with a HyperEngine game technology to boost performance to the next level. Helio G90 and G90T belong to this category.

Helio G Series
Sl NoProcessorProcessReleasedCoresCPU SpeedGPUSome Popular Models
1Helio G9012nm FFC2019 Q482.05GHz 2x Cortex-A76 + 2.0GHz 6x Cortex-A55720MHz Mali G76 MP4Yet to release
2Helio G90T12nm FFC2020 Q182.05GHz 2x Cortex-A76 + 2.0GHz 6x Cortex-A55800MHz Mali G76 MP4Yet to release

Intel Atom and Core M processors

intel mobile tablet microprocessorsIntel is an American multinational company synonymous with PC and microprocessors. Atom is the brand name given for the low power consumption and low-cost 32-bit and 64-bit chips manufactured for use in smartphones and tablet devices.

Intel processors are based on the X86 architecture which is powerful than the ARM but consume more power compared to ARM architecture. Latest versions of Intel processors did improve the power consumption aspect bringing it down to less than 5 watts which is ideal for all mobile devices. Though Atom processors, in the beginning, supported only Windows, it now supports all major mobile operating systems.

Intel Atom processors are currently in Atom X5 and X7 series. These chips are 64 bit Quad-core processors in 14-nanometer size with speeds up to 1.6 GHz that can be scaled up to 2.4 GHz.

Intel also released Intel Core M microprocessors which are ultra-low-voltage designed for ultra-thin notebooks, mobile devices and 2 in 1 convertible. The processor consumes less 4.5 watts or less power making it ideal for long battery life. These are dual-core processors with speeds around 1.5Ghz which can be scaled to 3.2 GHz speeds. Intel Core M processors offer 40% boost in CPU and graphics performance than previous versions.

Intel Atom processors are supported by all manufacturers. The latest Atom processor is mainly used in tablet manufacturers from Microsoft Surface, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP. As of 2016, Asus ZenFone series is the only smartphone using Atom processor. Core M processors are used in 12-inch Apple MacBook and HP Chromebook.

Nvidia Tegra

nvidia mobile tablet microprocessors
Nvidia Corporation is an American based company technology company which specialize in making processing units for graphics, gaming units, and mobile devices. Nvidia develops chips for smartphones, tablets and mobile devices under the brand Tegra.

Tegra processors are built on 64 bit ARM architecture. Tegra till now has gone through Tegra 1, Tegra 3, Tegra 4, Tegra 4i, Tegra K1, Tegra X1. As of the end of 2016, Tegra X1 is currently the most advanced Tegra chip in the market. The process is Quad Core with 256 GPU cores capable of 4K video capabilities. The chips are built on 20 nm technology. The processor is currently used in Nvidia SHIELD Android TV.

Tegra processors used in smartphone and tablet markets are mainly Tegra 4, Tegra 4i and Tegra K1.
Tegra 4 is used by Asus Transformer PAD, HP Slatebook, Toshiba Excite, Xiaomi Mi3, XOLO Play Tegra Note.
Tegra 4i is used by Blackphone.
Tegra K1 is used by Nvidia Shield Tablet, Google Nexus 9, Acer Chromebook 13 and 14, Navi Big Tab.

Nvidia has announced Tegra P1 and Nvidia Xavier for release by 2017. First one is going to be Hexa-core and the latter Octa-core. Both will be built on 16 nm technology.

Pros and Cons of Nvidia Tegra processors

Nvidia Tegra is considered the best when it comes to mobile gaming. Graphics processing is among the best among all mobile processors. For mobile gaming, Tegra is the best. Tegra has a poor record with heat generation and battery performance. Hopefully, that should improve with the upcoming models. Tegra processors are costlier than other processors.

Sl NoProcessorProcessRelease YearCoresCPU speedGPUSome Popular Models
1Tegra APX
2Tegra 2 AP20H40 nm2010 Q121 GHz Cortex-A9300 MHz NVIDIA GeForce ULPLG Optimus 2X, Motorola Droid X2, Samsung Galaxy R,Dell Streak 7
3Tegra 2 T2040 nm2010 Q121 GHz Cortex-A9333 MHz NVIDIA GeForce ULPSamsung Galaxy Tab 10.1,ASUS Eee Pad Transformer,Lenovo IdeaPad, Acer Iconia Tab A100
4Tegra 2 T20 AP2640 nm2011 Q121.2 GHz Cortex-A9400 MHz NVIDIA GeForce ULPFusion Garage Grid 10
5Tegra 2 T2540 nm2011 Q121.2 GHz Cortex-A9400 MHz NVIDIA GeForce ULPTesla instruments
6Tegra 3 T30L40 nm2012 Q141.3 GHz Cortex A9416 MHz NVIDIA GeForce ULPMicrosoft Surface, Asus Transformer Pad TF300T, Lenovo IdeaTab A2109, Toshiba AT300
7Tegra 3 T3040 nm2011 Q441.5 GHz Cortex A9520 MHz NVIDIA GeForce ULPAsus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Acer Iconia Tab A510, LePad K2, ZTE T98
8Tegra 3 AP3340 nm2011 Q441.5 GHz Cortex A9520 MHz NVIDIA GeForce ULPLG Optimus 4X HD, HTC One X, XOLO Play T1000
9Tegra 3 T3340 nm2012 Q241.6 GHz Cortex A9520 MHz NVIDIA GeForce ULPAsus Transformer Pad Infinity, HTC One X+
10Tegra 4 (T114)28 nm2013 Q241.9 GHz Cortex A15NVIDIA GeForce GPU (72 cores)Microsoft Surface 2, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T,Xiaomi Phone 3
11Tegra 4i28 nm2014 Q142.0 GHz Cortex-A9 R4NVIDIA GeForce GPU (60 cores)LG G2 mini LTE, Blackphone, QMobile Noir
12Tegra K1 (T124) 32bit28 nm2014 Q242.3 GHz Cortex-A15 coreKepler (GK20A)Acer Chromebook 13, Xiaomi MiPad, HP Chromebook 14 G3
13Tegra K1 (T132) 64bit28 nm2014 Q322.5 GHz Cortex-A15 coreKepler (GK20A)HTC Nexus 9
14Tegra X1 (T210)20 nm TSMC2015 Q284 x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A57 + 4 x 1.3 Cortex-A531 GHz Maxwell GM20BGoogle Pixel C, Nintendo Switch
15Tegra X1 (T214)16 nm TSMC2019 Q284 x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A57 + 4 x 1.3 Cortex-A531.2 GHz Maxwell GM20BNintendo Switch
16Tegra X1 (Jetson Nano)16 nm TSMC2019 Q144 x 1.4 GHz Cortex-A57921 MHz Maxwell GM20BJetson Nano
17Tegra X2 (T186)16 nm TSMC62 x Nvidia Denver2 ARMv8 (64-bit) dual-core + 4 x ARMv8 ARM Cortex-A57 quad-core (64-bit)854 MHz – 1.4 GHz Pascal GP10B


hilicon mobile tablet microprocessors
HiSilicon is a Chinese company specializing in semiconductor technology. The company is owned by Huawei. The company creates chips based on ARM architecture. The company is the largest domestic integrated circuit designer in China.

Some of the processors released by HiSilicon are K3V1, K3V2, K3V2E, Kirin 620, Kirin 650, Kirin 910, Kirin 920, Kirin 930, Kirin 950 and soon to be released Kirin 960.

Some of the devices with Kirin 950 are Honor 8, Huawei mate 8, Huawei MediaPad M3.

Kirin 960 is the model to be released in the series. It is built on 64-bit ARM architecture on 16 nm FinFET technology. The processor is Quad-core capable of going up to 2.4GHz. This is also the first processor with Mali-G71 MP8 GPU which is rumored to power soon to be released Galaxy S8. The GPU is rumored to be 180% faster than its predecessor. The processor made a great improvement in making sure the battery last longer. There is also a lot of improvement in high LTE download and upload speeds. The processor is rumored to be powerful than Apple A10 Fusion or Snapdragon 820 and 821.

Huawei P10 and Huawei Mate 9 with Kirin 960 will be released anytime by end of 2016 or the first quarter of 2017.

Sl NoProcessorProcessRelease YearCoresCPU speedGPUSome Popular Models
1K3V2 (Hi362040 nm2012 Q141.4 Cortex-A9240 MHz Vivante GC4000Huawei Honor 3, Huawei Ascend Mate, Huawei Honor 2
2K3V2E40 nm2013 Q241.5 Cortex-A9240 MHz Vivante GC4000Huawei Ascend P6
3Kirin 62028 nm2015 Q181.2 Cortex-A53533 MHz Mali-450 MP4Huawei Honor Holly 3+, Huawei P8 Lite, Huawei Y6 II
4Kirin 65016 nm2016 Q284 x 2 GHz Cortex-A53 +  4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53900 MHz Mali-T830 MP2Huawei Honor 8 Smart, Huawei P9 Lite, Huawei GT3
5Kirin 65516 nm2016 Q484 x 2.12 GHz Cortex-A53 +  4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53900 MHz Mali-T830 MP2Huawei Honor 8 Lite, Huawei P9 Lite,Huawei Honor 8 Lite
6Kirin 65816 nm2017 Q284 x 2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53900 MHz Mali-T830 MP2Huawei P10 Lite, Huawei Nova Youth
7Kirin 65916 nm2017 Q384 x 2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 +  4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53900 MHz Mali-T830 MP2Huawei Mate 10 Lite, Huawei P Smart, Huawei Honor 7X
8Kirin 71012 nm FinFET2018 Q384 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 + 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A531000 MHz Mali-G51 MP4Huawei P Smart 2019, Huawei P20 Lite,Huawei Honor 10 Lite,Huawei Mate 20 Lite
9Kirin 8107 nm FinFET2019 Q282 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 + 6 x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A55820 MHz Mali-G52 MP6Huawei P8 Lite

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  • YOGEENDRAN September 24, 2018, 5:57 pm

    Valuable information, Gave much insight about the various processors.

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  • Ken Moren May 31, 2017, 8:25 pm

    Excellent article! Lots of info in one place. I liked the quiz at the end except the question “What architecture is used to build the Qualcomm S835 chips”.
    A process is not an architecture. So process is what is meant instead of architecture, I think.
    Also the questions referring to”Chip Size” might more correctly be Process Feature size (or just Process). The size spec in nanometers (nm) represents the smallest individual feature that can be achieved on chip by the process.

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  • rohit March 19, 2015, 6:42 pm

    May I know which processor is good for high speed or high resolution games

    • Anup Raman March 20, 2015, 1:54 am

      Any mobile with qualcomm snapdragon quad core, hexa core or hecta core with speeds between 1.5GHz – 2.5GHz speed and a minimum 2GB RAM to support is highly recommended (More RAM, better the performance). Also if the model comes with GPU(Graphics Processing Unit), that is ideal.

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