| July 02, 2019
Today’s Smartphone market is highly competitive. The entry of new competition has a move towards traditional hard-balling sales methods. As a result, a fierce price war is inevitable, enabling the customers to benefit from this. Each smartphone that a different company offers has many different features that make it unique and worth your money.
The phone should have a good camera, a long battery life, and a decent processor. The phone’s processor is what contributes to its efficiency and speed. Overall, a modern day smartphone has a System-on-Chip processor (Soc). SOC enables your phone to perform its daily activities. Essentially, a Soc can be described as a silicon piece, which has various other components attached to it. The strength of the SoC defines how fast your phone will work. Components such as the Wi-Fi-Module, Bluetooth Module, GPU are all laser attached to the SoC.
Since the SoC is a machine, it produces its own heat. Many people experience their phone heating up. Most of the times, it is the SoC getting heated due to a heavy workload. So, the management of this heat is necessary. These days, good phones come with a cooling mechanism, which allows them to bring down the temperature of the phone while keeping the SoC working. The size of the processor is itself quite small, with thickness in terms of a nanometer, the SoC is one of the thinnest components of the phone.
There are many companies that produce different processors for smartphones. Each smartphone that is available in today’s market carries a processor that it is either made by the company itself or is outsourced from another company. Each company produces different models of each processor. This is usually an upgrade on the predecessor.
Is one of the most widely used processors in the smartphone industry, it follows the ARM architecture. The very first processor developed by Snapdragon’s parent company was the Scorpion series in 2007. Since then, the company has come a long way. The most recent Snapdragon, the Snapdragon 855 focuses on AI and virtual reality. The processor allows the phone with additional features, making the smartphone a beast of devices when connected with the right peripherals. The processor also supports 5G technology, meaning all the upcoming phones that have the Snapdragon 855 will have 5G connectivity.
With just a thickness of 7nm, it consumes very low power as compared to its predecessors, meaning that the devices will have longer battery life. It supports 4K video recording and 8K video playback. With the current streaming platforms offering content in 4K video quality, the Snapdragon 855 makes video playback seamless and smooth. The processor offers a clock speed of 2.84Ghz and has eight cores, which can solve upon 5 billion calculations in one second. It is one of the very few processors in the smartphone industry that follow the 64-bit approach. The processor comes equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, which offers speed up to 2Mbps. The graphics part (GPU) is made up of Adreno 640. It supports various APIs, including Vulkan and OpenGL.
The Exynos series also follows the ARM architecture approach. Though these processors are not as popular, they offer good performance. The Exynos series was first developed in 2010. During its launch, it was called Hummingbird S5PC110. Their latest variant, Exynos 9810 was launched in 2018. The Exynos 2018 was has a new optimized cache memory which makes multitasking faster and easier. It features a 2.9GHz octa-core processor. The eight processors are divided into two parts. The first part consists of 4 processors, which run at 2.9GHz while the other 4 processors make up the other part, running at a speed of 1.9GHz. The processors allow in-depth scanning of the fingerprint, making the smartphone using the processor very secure.
The advanced facial recognition algorithm also allows for faster tracking of the face when using to unlock the phone. It can record videos at 4K format, and also supports 4K video playback at 120 fps. The processor is designed keeping in mind the photography aspect of the phone. The processor can support up to 4 different camera sensors, such as dual camera and iris sensor. All these features make this processor as a powerhouse of technology.
The GPU of the processor is ARM-Mali, which allows heavy gaming with zero lag and no frame drop. The processor allows fast and wireless charging. Also, the processor offers 5G connectivity.
Developed by the Chinese, the Kirin series first came in 2014 when it replaced the K3 Series. The Kirin family started out as a 32-bit architectural model, but now with Kirin 980, the architectural preference has shifted to 64 bit. Kirin 980 was launched at the end of 2018. It is the world’s slimmest processor with a thickness of 7nm. It focuses more on the AI aspect, making the phone an AI-powered device. The LPDDR4X memory works at a speed of 2133 MHz and boasts 8 Cortex series cores.
The 4 big cores work at 2.6GHz and are called Cortex A76, the other 4 cores work at 1.8GHz and are called Cortex A55. The processor also supports 5G connectivity. It can record videos at 4k and playback the videos at 4K. Kirin 980 also supports download speeds up to 1.8Gbps, which makes a good processor by today’s market standards.
The phone camera can capture images up to 32 megapixels. The Kirin 980 also features the Mali G76 as the GPU, which allows for heavy gaming.
Each processor in today’s market has its own specialty. It’s really up to the smartphone manufacturers to choose the best processor for their device. One thing to note is that the cost of a smartphone is directly affected by the processor it uses. So, a Smartphone manufacturing company like Mara Phones uses a great processor that best suits their device while keeping the selling price of the smartphone low.