When comparing smartphones, it’s important to think about how different processors can make a significant difference to their performance. A faster processor chip will result in a much smoother interface, as well as reducing the amount of time that you have to spend waiting for things to load. Processors are typically compared in terms of whether they have single, dual, or quad cores, as well as through their clocking speed. Some of the best mobile processors are designed by companies like Intel and Qualcomm, and can help to distinguish between the best phones on the market.
1 – Intel Atom Z2460
The new Motorola RAZR i phone comes with an Intel Atom processor that can clock a remarkable 2GHz, and despite using single core technology, features advanced hyper threading to make it one of the best processors in the world. The Intel processor also uses Burst Performance technology, as well as power saving technology, to allow the RAZR i to achieve multitasking and rapid switching between applications and features on an Android OS.
2 – Apple A6
The latest iPhone 5 uses a custom designed A6 core that modifies an ARMv7 design or the phone. When combined with iOS 6, the processor is set up to make the iPhone 5 particularly fast, with significant improvements over the iPhone 4S. The level of customisation employed by the iPhone 5 means that it can outstrip Android devices with similar specs, while also being 22 per cent smaller than previous A5 and A5X chips. The processor also has 1 GB of RAM, and represents a dual core with 1.02 GHz speeds.
3 – Cortex A9
Used in the Huawei Ascend P 1, this processor is designed to act as a 1.5 GHz speed machine for the smartphone. Lightning fast, the 1GB of RAM that the phone provides, and the dual core modules means that the phone has the capability to be faster than Samsung Galaxies (albeit not at the level of the SIII). The speed of Huawei’s processors, and its usage with Android, as well as its OMAP 4460 graphics card and 1800mAh batteries, makes it a resilient option for smartphone buyers.
4 – Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
The new version of the Snapdragon processor is included with the HTC One S, with the dual core Krait CPU processor achieving 1.5 GHz of speed, while also including 1GB of RAM, and 16 GB of built in memory. While the exact specs of the Snapdragon vary depending on country, with a 1.7 GHz option available, the Snapdragon is notable for being smaller than previous models, while being much faster.
5 – Exynos 4 Quad
Used for the Samsung Galaxy III, this 1.4 GHz processor is able to hold 1GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of storage. The ARM designed Cortex-A9 CPU, which comes with a Mali-400 MP GPU, doubles the speed previously enjoyed by the Samsung S II, and uses 20 per cent less power to do so. As a result, the SIII is able to smoothly run Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS without suffering lag