Processors of mobile devices i.e. smartphones, tablets etc. have become very fast and advanced which allows you to complete any task with ease. Smartphones and Tablets processors are also known as mobile SoC or System on a chip as all components like digital, analog, mixed signals, radio frequency functions, graphics, memory controller etc. are integrated on a single chip. Currently there is a huge competition in the mobile processors segment because of the growing demand and use of Smartphones, Tablets and Netbooks.
Like desktop and laptop processors, processors of smartphones and tablets have improved a lot both in the performance and power consumption departments. Here in this post I will tell you about the major smartphones & tablets processors which include MediaTek, Snapdragon & Intel and also compare them in various departments.
Overview of Mediatek, Snapdragon and Intel Atom Processor
Here below is the brief overview of MediaTek, Snapdragon and Intel mobile processors.
MediaTek is a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Taiwan. It is relatively new in manufacturing processors for smartphones & tablets but has gained wide popularity and reorganization in smartphones industry because of their cost effective processors. MediaTek processors are generally cheap and are they are widely used in budget to mid-range smartphones. MediaTek range of processors includes single core, dual core, quad core, hexa core, octa core and deca core processors.
Here are the various Mediatek processor models.
Mediatek Processors – MT6752, MT6582, MT6592, MT6595, MT6732, MT6735, MT6737, MT6738, MT6750, MT6752, MT6753, MT6795, Helio X20, Helio X25, Helio P10, Helio P25.
Helio X20 and Helio X25 are the top of the line processors from Mediatek and they are in competition with Snapdragon 820. Helio X20 and Helio X25 are Deca-core processors which mean they have 10 cores and it is the most for a mobile processor right now. They are built on the new and innovative Tri-cluster CPU architecture having ten processor cores. They consume low power, gives enhanced gaming performance, supports 32MP camera and much more. Below are the clock speeds of Helio X20 and Helio X25 processors from Mediatek.
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It is rumored that the upcoming smartphone Meizu Pro 6 will have Helio X25 processor in it.
Snapdragon processors are manufactured by Qualcomm, an American company headquartered in San Diego, California. Snapdragon processors are known for its high quality and high performance, and they are used in smartphones and other mobile devices. Generally you will find Snapdragon processors in mid to high end smartphones or phones from well known brands. Snapdragon range of processors includes single core, dual core, quad core, hexa core and octa core processors.
Here are the all processor models from Snapdragon.
Snapdragon 200 Series – Snapdragon 200, Snapdragon 208, Snapdragon 210, Snapdragon 212.
Snapdragon 400 Series – Snapdragon 400, Snapdragon 410, Snapdragon 412, Snapdragon 415, Snapdragon 425, Snapdragon 430, Snapdragon 435, Snapdragon 427.
Snapdragon 600 Series – Snapdragon 600, Snapdragon 602A, Snapdragon 615, Snapdragon 616, Snapdragon 617, Snapdragon 625, Snapdragon 650, Snapdragon 652, Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626, Snapdragon 660.
Snapdragon 800 Series – Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 801, Snapdragon 805, Snapdragon 808, Snapdragon 810, Snapdragon 820, Snapdragon 821, Snapdragon 830, Snapdragon 835, Snapdragon 845.
Here higher the number the powerful and latest is the processor. Currently Snapdragon 820 is the most powerful and advanced processor from Snapdragon and it is used in latest high-end Smartphones like OnePlus 3, LG G5, HP Elite x3, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10, Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
Snapdragon 820 is one of the fastest mobile processor ever built. It is a 64-bit Quad core processor (Kyro) that can reach speeds to up to 2.2 GHz. The GPU in Snapdragon 820 SoC is Adreno 530 which is more than powerful enough to play any latest HD game. Snapdragon 820 can support 4k Ultra HD display, Quick Charge 3.0, NFC, X12 LTE, 25MP camera, Hexagon 680 DSP and much more features.
Snapdragon 821 processor has been launched by Qualcomm recently and it is about 10 percent faster than the Snapdragon 820 processor.
Intel as we all know is the world leader in manufacturing computer processors. Intel has now begin using their Atom range of processors in some of the smartphones and tablets. Intel Atom range of processors are low powered (i.e. low voltage) & high performance based processors for mobile devices i.e. Netbooks, Tablets and Smartphones. With Intel Atom processor you will get more battery life from your smartphone, tablet or netbook as they are very well optimized. There are only few smarpthones equipped with Intel processors and they are: Asus Zenfone and Asus Zenfone 2. Intel is no more in the smartphone’s mobile processors business.
Comparison of MediaTek, Snapdragon and Intel Atom Processors
Here is a general and technical comparison between MediaTek, Snapdragon and Intel Atom mobile processors.
||PowerVR / Mali Series
||32-Bit / 64-Bit
||32-Bit / 64-Bit
||Smartphones, Tablets, Smartbook
||Smartphones, Tablets, Netbook
|Power / Battery Consumption
||Moderate and some processors have overheating Issues
||Moderate to Good
Well at the end I would like to say that each processor has its own plus points. So if you are going for a Smartphone under Rs. 15k then MediaTek processors offers excellent value money, and if you are getting a smartphone in price range higher than 15k then Snapdragon processors are the ones to choose as they offer excellent performance and features. But now MediaTek has also started manufacturing high-end processors like MT6752, MT6595 which offers similar or sometimes better performance than equivalent Snapdragon counterparts. So they are giving a tough competition to the Snapdragon processors.
Intel processors for smartphones are very new in the market and only few smartphones have them, but they have shown very good performance in benchmarks and real world applications. Also battery on Intel Atom processors last longer as they are very efficient in power management keeping the performance intact. So it’s now your choice to decide on which processor to choose as I have explained and compared each one of them very clearly.
To Sum it Up,
For High-end & Top notch Performance – Snapdragon
For both Performance and Affordable Price (Value for Money) – Mediatek
Result: If I have to conclude then the overall best processor is the Snapdragon.
Update: Intel is officially shutting down its Atom Processors for Smartphones which means you won’t see them around now.
Important Note: It must be noted that higher number of cores does not always equates to better performance. The main thing that matters in a processor is its architecture.
Have Any Queries? Then Ask me
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