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Honor Ratings

10 most powerful mobile processors

Each modern smartphone is based on the ARM-processor. The first such chipsets consisted of one core and had a minimum clock frequency. The current in their power is not inferior to computer chips from Intel and AMD. Make sure this will help the rating of mobile processors.

Now smartphones, if desired, can process a mountain of information. The power of their processor is enough to solve absolutely any problems. At the same time, modern chipsets consume a minimal amount of electricity, for which one should thank the improved technical process. Our rating processors for smartphones will tell you about the most powerful models. The devices based on them can be blamed for anything, but certainly not for the lack of power!

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Now on the market of mobile processors the most famous are the following companies:

  • Qualcomm - produces Snapdragon chipsets;
  • Samsung - creates Exynos chips;
  • MediaTek - flagship processors distributed under the brand name Helio;
  • Huawei - the chipsets under the HiSilicon sub-brand are mainly built into their own smartphones.

It is impossible to say exactly which chips are more powerful and which are weaker. Of course, there are all sorts of tests and benchmarks. But their result can be called conditional, hypothetical. In practice, each processor operates in its own mode, rarely bringing the clock frequencies to the maximum. Nevertheless, our rating can be considered correct - the remaining mobile processors suffer from certain shortcomings, and the devices based on them cannot be called ideal.

In our top may not be present recently announced models. We decided to talk only about those products, smartphones on the basis of which are already available on store shelves.

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Technological process : 14 nm
  • Architecture : Samsung Exynos M1 + ARM Cortex-A53 (ARMv8-A)
  • Video accelerator : Mali-T880, 12 cores, 650 MHz

Geekbench result: 5940 points

If not the best processor for a smartphone, then at least one of those who deserve this title. Not for nothing are they equipped with all variations of the South Korean Galaxy S7. Is it possible to blame this flagship in the lack of power? The chipset easily digests 4K video at 60 frames per second. It consists of eight cores. The maximum frequency is 2290 MHz. But it is extremely rare to raise it to such a level, as the lower frequencies are enough for most tasks.

Unfortunately, the processor has certain problems. It so happened that South Korean chipsets are endowed with not the best video accelerator (GPU). Here, too, the Mali-T880, despite its 12 cores, is working strictly on the “good” mark, but no more. This is proved by tests in GFXBench, where in terms of graphics Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 overtake some of the other chipsets reviewed today.

Virtues

  • Support for video resolution of 2160p with a frequency of 60 frames / s;
  • Very high clock speed;
  • Not very big heat;
  • Low power consumption;
  • High scores in benchmarks.

disadvantages

  • The memory test does not show the highest results;
  • A graphics accelerator could do better.

Most popular smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Golden 4

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Manufacturing process: 14 nm FinFET
  • Architecture: Qualcomm Kryo
  • Video accelerator: Adreno 530, 624 MHz

Geekbench result: 4890 points

Qualcomm does not have its own production facilities. However, at her disposal there are many patents. And with them to develop a processor close to the ideal is not difficult, after which it remains only to place an order for production from other companies. Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 pleases and computing power, and capabilities in terms of graphics processing. This chipset was equipped with many of the flagships, born in 2016. And none of their customers complained about the graphics in mobile games!

The chip consists of only four cores. However, this did not prevent him from gaining record points in benchmarks - not least thanks to the graphics accelerator. The maximum frequency of this processor is 2150 MHz. At the hardware level, the chipset supports HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0, and Bluetooth 4.1. In short, the processor could easily cope even with the tasks assigned to the laptop! It also differs in support of a camera with a resolution of up to 28 megapixels - that is why Sony , in the flagship smartphones of which such a sensor is present, made the choice for this processor.

Virtues

  • Very high resolution camera support;
  • Able to handle Full HD video at up to 240 frames / s;
  • Support 10-bit 4K video;
  • Windows-based devices use DirectX 11.2;
  • Very high clock speed;
  • Not very high power consumption;
  • High marks in benchmarks;
  • Memory test leads to high results;
  • Great performance in games.

disadvantages

  • Sometimes it gets hot enough.

Most popular smartphones: Motorola Moto Z Force, HP Elite X3, ASUS ZenFone 3, HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Sony Xperia X Performance, Sony Xperia XR, Xiaomi Mi5 Pro, ZTE Nubia Z11

HiSilicon Kirin 95

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Technological process: 16 nm
  • Architecture : 4x ARM Cortex-A72 + 4x ARM Cortex-A53
  • Video accelerator : Mali-T880, 4 cores

Geekbench result: 6000 points

This chipset is made on a 16-nanometer process technology, which indicates its worthy energy efficiency. The maximum frequency here is increased to 2.5 GHz. The creators had to take this step because of the Mali-T880 graphics accelerator, which is not doing its job well.

The Chinese chipset consists of eight cores, four of which can be called subsidiary. Paired with a GPU, it can play 4K video at 60 frames per second. But only to reproduce - the processor can only create video by itself in 1080p resolution. And this is despite the fact that the chip supports even dual cameras, the total resolution of which is 42 megapixels. He is also able to recognize Bluetooth 4.2 and USB 3.0 modules.

Virtues

  • Support for many modern wireless technologies;
  • Almost record clock frequency;
  • No big problems with overheating;
  • Can decode 4K video at 60 frames / s;
  • Supports dual high resolution cameras.

disadvantages

  • Graphics accelerator shows poor results.

Most popular smartphones: Huawei P9, Huawei P9 Plus, Huawei Honor V8, Huawei Honor Note 8.

HiSilicon Kirin 950

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Technological process: 16 nm
  • Architecture : 4x ARM Cortex-A72 + 4x ARM Cortex-A53
  • Video accelerator : Mali-T880, 4 cores, 900 MHz

Geekbench result: 5950 points

In 2015-2016, this processor was used by many Huawei smartphones. The chipset consists of eight cores, the power of four of them can reach 2300 MHz. It would seem that the result is very good. But not so simple. The weak point of the chip lies in the graphics accelerator. As it uses the first version of the Mali-T880. It adequately copes with video decoding - in theory you can even launch 4K video at 60 frames per second. But in games, this GPU shows itself to be disgusting, especially by the standards of the flagships.

However, it is impossible to complain about the computing power of this chipset, which is why it got into our top processors. The product supports Bluetooth 4.2 and USB 3.0 standards, although the Chinese giant did not really produce smartphones with such high-speed interfaces, preferring to save. Also in theory, the processor copes with the flow of data from a dual camera , which has a total resolution of 42 megapixels.

Virtues

  • Supports USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.2;
  • High computational power;
  • Support for modern memory formats;
  • Not very expensive to manufacture;
  • Decodes video in high resolution;
  • Able to handle dual 42 megapixel cameras.

disadvantages

  • The graphics accelerator could be much better;
  • Can not provide camera 4K video shooting.

Most popular smartphones: Huawei Honor 8, Huawei Honor Note 8, Huawei Mate 8, Huawei Honor V8.

Apple A9X APL1021

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Technological process : 16 nm
  • Architecture : Apple Twister 64-bit ARMv8-compatible
  • Video accelerator: PowerVR Series 7X, 12 cores

Geekbench result : 5400 points

Why are game developers primarily targeting Apple smartphones and tablets? Is it possible that only their owners can afford to buy a toy? No, everything is much simpler. It is on this technique that the games show themselves best. The Apple A9X APL1021 processor is endowed with a near-perfect graphics accelerator that can handle absolutely any task! If desired, Apple could even implement the function of filming in 4K-resolution with a frequency of 60 frames / s!

As for computing power, everything is fine with it, although the processor still does not gain record points in benchmarks. It would seem that only two cores are used here. But for solving everyday tasks this is enough. Not least because of a better optimized operating system.

Virtues

  • High power of two cores;
  • Excellent 12-core graphics accelerator;
  • Full support for 4K video at 60 frames / s;
  • Support for many modern technologies;
  • Recognizes modern memory formats.

disadvantages

  • Present only in Apple devices;
  • Does not support fast charging technology.

Most popular devices: Apple iPad Pro

MediaTek MT6797 Helio X25

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Process technology: 20 nm
  • Architecture : 2x ARM Cortex-A72 + 4x ARM Coptex-A53 + 4x ARM Coptex-A53
  • Video accelerator : Mali-T880MP4, 4 cores, 850 MHz

Geekbench result: 4920 points

Processor with a rather complex structure. It consists of ten kernels belonging to two varieties. The two cores are the most powerful - they belong to the type of Cortex-A72, and their clock frequency can reach 2500 MHz. The rest of the computational cores belong to the type Cortex-A53. At the same time, half of them are overclocked to the frequency of 2000 MHz, while the frequency of the rest is limited to 1550 MHz.

All this allows the processor to gain a lot of points in benchmarks. And the result would be even higher if it were not for the graphics accelerator. This element is seriously limited in its capabilities. Yes, it supports full-fledged work with 4K video, including its creation, but only with a frequency of 30 frames / s. And in games, the GPU does its job even worse. As for the other characteristics, we should highlight the support of 32-megapixel cameras and the standard Bluetooth 4.1. The maximum display resolution of a smartphone with such a chipset can reach 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Virtues

  • Support camera with a resolution of 32 MP;
  • Very high computing power;
  • Relatively low power consumption;
  • Albeit limited, but support for 4K video;
  • Low cost chipset.

disadvantages

  • GPU does not perform well in games;
  • No Bluetooth 4.2 support.

Most popular smartphones: Meizu Pro 6, Oukitel K6000 Premium, Xiaomi Redmi Pro, Zopo Speed ​​8, Vernee Apollo.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Technological process: 14 nm
  • Architecture: ARM Cortex-A53 (ARMv8)
  • Video accelerator: Adreno 506

Geekbench result: 4900 points

One of the most popular creations of Qualcomm. They are endowed with a huge number of smartphones from the mid-budget and even top segments. The manufacturer did not bother with the architecture, endowing the chipset with eight identical cores. The maximum clock frequency is 2000 MHz, which is enough for the average user.

The graphics accelerator here is optimized for processing video content. Theoretically built on the basis of this processor, the smartphone is able to play and record 4K video at 60 frames per second. But in the games start some problems. Although their presence is surprising, because the GPU even has support for DirectX 12, which is activated on devices with Windows on board. The chipset also supports a dual camera, the total resolution of which does not exceed 24 megapixels. All that is missing here is USB 3.0 support. However, the creators of smartphones do not like to embed such high-speed connectors into their creations.

Virtues

  • Supports dual camera;
  • Greatly implemented fast charge technology;
  • High power of all eight cores;
  • Full support for 4K video content with a frequency of 60 frames / s;
  • Relatively low cost.

disadvantages

  • Camera resolution can not exceed 24 Mp;
  • No Bluetooth 4.2 support;
  • Display resolution can not exceed 1920 x 1200 pixels;
  • In games, the chipset does not perform well.

Most popular smartphones: Huawei G9 Plus, ASUS ZenFone 3, Fujitsu Easy, Huawei Maimang 5, Lenovo Vibe P2, Motorola Moto Z Play, Samsung Galaxy C7.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 APQ8076

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Process technology : 28 nm
  • Architecture : 4x ARM Cortex-A72 + 4x ARM Cortex-A53
  • Video accelerator: Adreno 510

Geekbench result: 4886 points

This chipset is also known as the Snapdragon 652. This is one of the latest processors, which is still produced by a 28-nanometer process technology. The creators are not at all confused by the relatively large size of the chip, since it is embedded mainly in the tablets.

The processor consists of eight cores. The clock frequency of four of them can reach 1800 MHz. This is quite enough for the tablet to solve the main tasks without any thought. The Adreno 510 graphics accelerator is also part of the chipset. There are no special complaints about it, because no one will expect great results from the tablet in the graphics. It should be noted that theoretically the chip supports work with video in the resolution of 2160p with a frequency of 30 frames / s. And he is able to boast support for Bluetooth 4.1 and proprietary fast charging technology Quick Charge 3.0.

Virtues

  • Supports devices with high screen resolution;
  • Big computational power;
  • Albeit limited, but still support 4K-video;
  • Built-in fast charging technology.

disadvantages

  • No Bluetooth 4.2 support;
  • Still not the best graphics accelerator.

Most popular devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Plus 8.0, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Plus 9.7.

MediaTek MT6797M Helio X20

  • Year of release: 2016
  • Process technology: 20 nm
  • Architecture : 2x ARM Cortex-A72 + 4x ARM Cortex-A53 + 4x ARM Cortex-A53
  • Video accelerator : Mali-T880MP4, 4 cores, 780 MHz

Geekbench result: 5130 points

Many mobile processors consist of four or even eight cores. In the case of the MediaTek MT6797M Helio X20, their number has been reduced to ten. As a result, the performance of the chipset is very high. Especially in those applications that do not require serious graphics processing. It should be noted that only two cores are especially powerful here - their clock frequency reaches 2300 MHz. The remaining cores are divided into two groups. One is able to please the frequency of 1850 MHz, while the other has this parameter fixed at 1400 MHz. But the result is in any case very good, which is confirmed by the synthetic tests, and even by the smartphones themselves - the interface to them does not at all slow down precisely because of the chipset.

As for the graphics accelerator, everything is much worse. Theoretically, he copes with viewing and recording 4K video at 30 frames per second. But in the games immediately felt the lack of power. Modern games on a smartphone with this processor will go, but with simplified graphics. Especially if the device has a screen with a resolution of Full HD or higher. It should also be noted that the processor supports almost any mobile camera - if only the resolution of the module does not exceed 32 megapixels.

Virtues

  • The maximum display resolution is 2560 x 1600 pixels;
  • Among the supported cameras even modules with a resolution of 32 megapixels;
  • High power of most cores;
  • It is considered not very expensive processor;
  • Limited, but still support for 4K video content.

disadvantages

  • Bluetooth 4.2 is not supported;
  • In games, the GPU does not perform well.

Most popular smartphones: LeEco Le2, LeEco Le2 Pro, Meizu MX6, Vernee Apollo Lite, Xiaomi Redmi Pro, Elephone P9000

Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 MSM8976

  • Year of release: 2015
  • Process technology : 28 nm
  • Architecture : ARM Cortex-A72 + ARM Cortex-A53 (ARMv8)
  • Video accelerator: Adreno 510

Geekbench result: 4610 points

There are two versions of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 processor, also known as the Snapdragon 652. The first is MSM8976, the release of this chipset took place in 2015. A year later, there was a release of a slightly more improved version - APQ8076, which was received by some Samsung tablets. Between a product is almost no different. They have eight cores, half of which can raise the frequency to 1800 MHz. Both processors are endowed with an Adreno 510 graphics accelerator far from ideal.

Creation of Qualcomm is able to ensure the work of smartphones, the display of which has a resolution not higher than 2560 x 1600 pixels. As for the camera, it is possible to process data from a dual module, the total resolution of which does not exceed 21 Mp. Everything is in order with the module and with data processing capabilities coming from dual-channel LPDDR3 memory.

Virtues

  • High performance;
  • View 4K video at 30 frames / s;
  • The theoretical ability to record video in 1080p and 120 frames / s;
  • Not very high cost;
  • Dual camera support;
  • The screen resolution can reach 2560 x 1600 pixels.

disadvantages

  • Bluetooth 4.2 is not supported;
  • The maximum resolution of the camera can not be very high.

Most popular smartphones: Vivo X6S A, Vivo X7, Vivo X7 Plus, LeEco Le2, LG G5 SE, Oppo R9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (2016), ZTE Nubia Z11 Max, Xiaomi Mi Max

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  • I will share - I have Xaiomi Redmi 4x 3/32 GB on Snapdragon - 8 cores. The phone works fine, fast, the battery practically does not eat)) But I have an international version (I bought it in Shop-kit for 9490 rubles), because I read a lot before this - they write that on Chinese versions the percentage is MediaTek, so I immediately decided that I would take only the international version and searched online stores, since delivery was required to Sevastopol and I wanted without prepayment. I hope my review will help))

      • The author of the article is here, as I understand it, compare processors. For A9, they wrote that fast charging technology is not supported. This technology is not related to the A9 processor. A9 - This is a computing device.

        • Here you are wrong. It does. If the processor at the physical level does not support this technology, then it can not be implemented in a smartphone. In a word, its availability depends on the processor used. In this case, the manufacturer of the smartphone can safely block such a “chip” by installing a simple power controller that does not support the reception of electricity with different amperage and voltage.