three-dimensional graphics, high-resolution screens, more advanced chambers, networks 5G and much more - all this requires additional computing power, which modern chipset. What processors are considered the most powerful in the world?
in some benchmarks It is customary to evaluate Performance Apple processors separately because they are intended for another type of devices and can only be compared with similar Cupertino chipsets. Therefore, in this article we will focus on processors that are installed in smartphones operating on the Android operating system.
5th place - Huawei Hisilicon KIRIN 990 5G
Huawei produces at least ten new smartphones every year - many of them offer good characteristics in terms of price and quality ratio. Most new products work on KIRIN branded processors. But what can be said about the productivity of the Chinese platform? In our ranking, the most powerful Huawei Kirin 990 chip was only in fifth place. Consider the main characteristics of the processor, as well as let's see in which smartphones it is set at the moment.
KIRIN 990 5G supports RAM LPDDR4X to 12 GB (instead of possible 16 GB ) with a working frequency of 2.13 GHz and bandwidth 31.78 Gbit / s. Record video 8K at 30fps and 4k at 60fps. For comparison, Snapdragon 855 Plus 8K video does not record at all, but offers 4K at 120fps (slow motion), which in our opinion is more important.
If you compare the 5G X50 5G modems from Qualcomm and Balong 5G from Huawei, then the first is played in all respects. If the speed of downloading the difference is small - 2000 Mbps against 2300 Mbps, then the load is different from almost four times - 316 Mbps against 1250 Mbps. However, in KIRIN 990 5G, only the outdated version of Bluetooth 5.0 is still working.
The Chinese processor has a more productive MALI G76 MP16 graphics accelerator, operating at a frequency of 700 MHz, which bypass Adreno 640 installed in Snapdragon last year.
As we saw, Huawei Kirin 990 5G in most characteristics bypass Snapdragon 855, and in some - even Snapdragon 855 Plus. However, if you buy a smartphone for games, you need to take into account that developers most often optimize them for Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. Therefore, the choice is clearly not in favor of KIRIN 990 5G, especially since the situation around Huawei question the future of the entire line of processors.
The processor is installed in smartphones: Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro +, Huawei P40, Honor 30 Pro, Huawei Mate XS, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Huawei Nova 6, Honor V30 and others.
4th place - Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
in the fourth place of our The rating was Snapdragon 855 Plus - an improved version of last year's chipset from Qualcomm. The maximum operating frequency of the high-performance Cortex-A76 computing kernel (KRYO 485 GOLD) was increased to 2.96 GHz against 2.84 GHz in Snapdragon 855. Otherwise, everything remains unchanged: three productive cores Cortex-A76 (Kryo 485 Gold) by 2.42 GHz and four energy-efficient Cortex-A55 kernel (Kryo 485 Silver).
AnReno 640 graphics accelerator frequency increased from 585 MHz to 627 MHz. The processor also supports LPDDR4x RAM to 16 GB. Its operating frequency is 2.13 GHz, and the bandwidth is up to 34.1 Gb / s.
Bluetooth version on Snapdragon 855 was 5.0, and Snapdragon 855 PLUS already supports 5.1. Work Wi-Fi remained at the same level - the 6th generation of 802.11.
The chip can interact with screens, resolution up to 3840 x 2160, as well as 1x48 MP cameras and 2x24 meters. On smartphones with Snapdragon 855 Plus (if this option has been implemented by the manufacturer), you can easily record video in 4K at 120fps (slow motion) and view 8k at 30fps.
The following smartphones are operating on Snapdragon 855 PLUS: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Realme X3 Superzoom, Meizu 16S Pro, ASUS ROG Phone 2, OPPO Reno ACE, OnePlus 7T Pro, Xiaomi MI 9 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro, Vivo NEX 3, VIVO IQOO Pro and others.
3 place - MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus
The undisputed leadership is still It remains for processors from Qualcomm. However, it is not time to relax. MediaTek for the first time in many years, very closely approached the leader and in terms of energy efficiency, and in terms of performance. Dimensity 1000 Plus demonstrated good indicators when working in multi-threaded mode.
Can MediaTek compete with Qualcomm this or next year? Let's look at the numbers.
The Dimensity 1000 Plus features four high performance Cortex A-77 cores running at a maximum frequency of 2.6 GHz and four power efficient Cortex A-55 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. The technological process is 7 nm.
If we look at other characteristics of the Dimensity 1000 Plus, we will see that it is still very far from the Snapdragon 865. If the MediaTek processor only supports the outdated type of LPDDR4X RAM with a maximum frequency of 2.1 GHz and a data transfer rate of up to 30 Gb / s, then Snapdragon can already work with LPDDR5, which supports a frequency of 2.7 GHz and speeds up to 44 Gb / s. In addition, Dimensity 1000 Plus can be installed in smartphones with screens with a maximum resolution of 2520 x 1080, and the maximum possible video is only 4K 30fps - both are worse than last year's Snapdragon 855. At the same time, the platform allows you to install and use 1x80 cameras MP or 2x32MP, and also supports Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6.
However, the cost of MediaTek processors has always been lower, which allows them to be installed in mid-range and even budget-class smartphones. If the Dimensity 1000 Plus is not jacked up in price, then it can be a great replacement for Qualcomm in terms of price / quality.
The following smartphones will work on this platform: Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra, Realme X7 Pro and Vivo iQOO Z1. Soon this list will be replenished with devices from other manufacturers.
2nd place - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Snapdragon 865 is the most powerful mobile platform currently used in smartphones. The processor received four energy-efficient cores Kryo 585 Silver 1.8 GHz, three medium power Kryo 585 Gold 2.42 GHz and one high-performance Kryo 585 Prime 2.84 GHz. All cores are Cortex A77. Adreno 650 GPU delivers a 20% performance boost over last year's Adreno 640.
Processor Supports: Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 802.11ay and 802.11ax up to 10Gbps, 8K video, Dolby Vision, photo 200 MP. Qualcomm Snapdragon compared to Apple A13 Bionic shows approximately the same performance in multi-threaded mode, but loses in single-threaded. However, as mentioned above, the processors are designed for smartphones running on fundamentally different operating systems, so comparing them is not entirely correct.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Installed in smartphones: Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Meizu 17, Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, ASUS Zenphone 7, BlackShark 3S, Vivo Iqoo 5, Vivo X50 Plus et al.
1 place - Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 PLUS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus is an advanced version of the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. As in the younger modification, four energy efficient kernel Kryo 585 Silver 1.8 GHz, three average power KRYO 585 GOLD 2.42 GHz and one high-performance KRYO 585 Prime. The technological process was not changed and is 7 nm.
Changes touched the high-performance kernel Kryo 585 Prime. In this processor, its power increased from 2.84 GHz to 3.1 GHz. For the first time in history, the mobile platform will be able to work at the capacity of more than 3 GHz. True, the change will affect the same-core regime, but it is important. According to the developer, it should ensure at least 10% of the gains of overall productivity. The capacity of the Adreno 650 graphics accelerator will also be improved by 10%. Thanks to the new platform, the updated versions of Bluetooth communication modules 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6e will earn. Fast charge from Qualcomm of the 4th generation will remain unchanged.
It is especially noteworthy that Qualcomm did not wait to exit the new Snapdragon 875 platform - the decision to overcome the psychological barrier was taken in the intermediate version.
In which smartphones a novelty will be installed? At the moment, the names of only two of them are known - this is Lenovo LEGION and ASUS ROG Phone 3 (both game). Undoubtedly, in the near future, the list of expected smartphones on Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ will be replenished.
As we saw, in the top five leaders, three positions belong to Qualcomm. And it is not surprising because Snapdragon processors continue to put records. So, this year a line of 3.0 GHz was taken, but so far only in one-threaded mode.
The Qualcomm leadership is unlikely to shake in the coming years. However, the Chinese MediaTek company in recent years has made serious processors that often cost cheaper and often this is exactly the decisive factor for buyers. Of course, to compete with Qualcomm, the Chinese will have to work hard, because MediaTek processors still do not support many new technologies that are already available.
The future of Hisilicon Kirin does not seem indefinitely. Despite the fact that this year the chip fell into the top five leaders, which is waiting for the entire platform, is still unknown. Most likely, the current state of affairs will force Huawei to produce their own production processors, completed with the use of Chinese technologies or, will have to acquire chips from MediaTek, which we have already said, become only more powerful. Surely, in the near future we will learn answers to these questions.