Nice post. I read it from top to bottom. Handy for referencing later.
Pabliell, 08 Feb 2017Cool, but where are the GPU numbers? SoC is both CPU and GPU. so why only compare CPUs? With t... moreThey explained the what is a CPU, its performance, and I guess its architecture. If you take a look at this article, they never mentioned GPU.
Cool, but where are the GPU numbers? SoC is both CPU and GPU. so why only compare CPUs? With the GPU scores combined the Kirin processors would not be on top, because of low GPU cores count.
Samsung would be 1st, Qualcomm 2nd, then Huawei with Kirin.
Most people around the world don't look for the latest Snapdragon SoC, they look for the newest phone and that's it, why do you think Apple and Samsung latest phones are more popular than the previous ones? It's not their performance they're looking for, people just want to show up the phones and brag that they got the most expensive iPhone 7 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. // That's the reason why these phones are not designed for power/heavy users anymore, because the Galaxy S-series and iPhones have worse battery life than other phones out there.
Thanks so much to the team at GSM Arena for such a great article. I am a big fan of you for not being biased, very skillful, expert and respectable in the tech field. Your site is the first one i think of when i want to see a real review of smartphones. Good luck to you and keep up the great job.
All the best,
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I hope this article and others like it will finally succeed in drilling into the ignorant's brain that the different chipsets aren't significantly better than the other in real world performance.
Anony, 07 Feb 2017So SD625 is much faster than SD652/SD650??Geekbench 3 is a bad test. They should have gone with Geekbench 4.
In there it's very palpable how bad Qualcomm *actually* is (barely breaking the 4k point all the while the rest was battling for 6k last year).
I hope they redo the test but using Geekbench 4 this time around. Also please add single core charts as well as more custom workloads (like SpecInt or phoronix's very own bench suitel
alexv, 08 Feb 2017Excellent article! But i don't agree with the multi core benchmark. For example the S625 is wa... moreBoth single core or multi core performance is important for some/many purpose(s). Yes I little bit confuse why they just show comparison in multi core only. What you need most? Strong single core performance or optimal multi core performance? That one of the main point of choosing SoC.
MG7, 07 Feb 2017Who manufactures SoCs for qualcom ,mediatek and hisillicon ?I don't know about Qualcomm, but MediaTek & Hisilicon are Fablesssemicondutor company, which means they manufacture their SoCs by themselves, that's the only reason for Mediatek so that they can sell their SoCs for cheap & mass-produced it in high volume whenever a company wants to use their SoC for their device.
For Hisilicon, I believed so because Huawei's optimization of software & hardware is the key for their success in selling phones all over the world, albeit their expensive price tag. By using in-house SoC, they can optimized the software to fully take advantage over the hardware (CPU & GPU), therefore making a better performing device, yet still power-efficient, similar to Apple's iphone business.
Why there are no chipset designed by apple such as the a series...the apple a10 is the one of the best even beating kirin and snapdragon with long margin.
Anonymous, 08 Feb 2017Shows how good the SD430 in NOKIA 6 is.. Better than SD801This shows how DUMB u are over millions of people who reads GSMArena articles.
SD430 is a SoC released in 2016, have 8CORES cortex A53 (64-bit) with 28nm LP fabrication and have newer Adreno 505 GPU, which means it has the LATEST & NEWEST technology developed over during 2 YEARS GAP of SD801.
SD801 is a SoC released in 2014, have 4core Krait 400 (32-bit) with 28nm HPm fabrication which is now used by MediaTek to make CHEAP yet GREAT SoC and have old yet still powerful Adreno 330 GPU. In EVERY tech-literate eyes, SD801 is 5x better than SD430 or even SD625 by miles, both SD801 CPU & GPU are still quite powerful compared to the likes of Adreno 505/506 craps, that's why Oneplus one STILL use SD801 in their first device, although SD805 is already released at that time.
So, keep your mouth shut if u know nothing about SoC!
It will only makes u like a troll or Nokia fanboys who "HAPPY" to buy CRAPPY OVERPRICED Nokia 6 crap while there are TONS of BETTER device with the similar price of Nokia 6
Okay, gsmarena staff and readers, I will help you out with this comparison:
Chip type/name____Performance metric___Power drain___Overall efficiency rating
Intel Core M7______600________________2,000_______________300
...now when it comes to the GPU, that's a whole seperate thing!
(let alone things like quality, power, efficiency, of other units in a System-on-a-Chip like 4G radio, GPS, DSP, Gyro, barometer etc etc)
How can you consciously put the QSD Snapdragon 625 ahead of the Exynos 7420 ?!?!
Let alone the QSD 650, 652, and 808.
At best, it is trading blows with ye olde QSD 805 and 801.
That HUGE omission makes this "guide" very suspicious, and easy to disregard as a work of a layman.
I would love to see other articles like this one. For example one about the type of internal memory used by manufacturers. Or the ram and how beneficial would it be to have more or not.
Anyway I loved this article.
Many things I knew because I try to remain in up to date from your articles, but there were also things that I didn't knew and that I read today for the first time. I'd love that this article would be updated from time to time with the new chipset comming in the future.
Thanks the Gsmarena Team :)
higher is better .... more core more ram more pixel more more mah more and more and more and more
Excellent article! But i don't agree with the multi core benchmark. For example the S625 is way ahead of the the S808/650 while in reality the two can crush it in single core performance.
Although it takes long time to gather relevant material next to each other to fulfil the article (which I personally admire the task and spent energy for good), there is a forgotten shortage, which must be in focus.
Following interaction which directly impact the final performance in any architecture since 2003.
1- RAM(controller) directly with Storage.
2- RAM with CPU.
3- RAM with GPU.
4- CPU next to GPU.
5- GPU toward Display resolution and size.
A Good CPU in Architecture As Kirin 955 was/is, with poor choice of limited cores in Mali-T880 Graphics section inside SoC, results in weak render in high scale toward its rival with more cores and lower number in CPU performance.
Numbers must be relevant to public. Technical calculation for each and every SoC's performance, is not just based on commercial benchmarks which mostly pass tests in laboratory condition.
A phone with MSM8960 [ (2X1.5GHz) Krait + Adreno 225 ], last December in Siberia celebrated its 4th birthday fully functional and healthy. Its pair which was sent to Kuwait City, suffered from heart attack in its first summer (2013-06). When the Handset in Kuwait City becomes hot, The display freeze occur along top left corner that reaches maximum 40 degree Celsius, until you either Soft reset or wait to be out of juice.
A day in Summer both phones were left out under the direct sunlight, which the direction of Sun for Siberia regarding day time and normal temperature there, was highest and in Kuwait City, Sun was not hot regarding local factors. After 45 minutes under the sun, a tycoon game which was heavy in contents, was started. Both Cities in the game were built the same. 50 minutes later, when battery was only 10 percent, the user in Siberia closed the app with capacitive keys, and opened the battery monitor app to see details of usage.
The user in Kuwait City on the other hand, find the handset's touch screen and capacitive keys unresponsive; he then swapped every possible thing with new tested one, the result was nothing, except keep away the phone from heat(above 10 degree Celsius); the phone still works when it is cool under 10 degree in refrigerator.
When graphic thirsty apps are closed, even in summer times the touch is responsive for short time such as calling and messaging.
When connecting to the web, opening a game, watching a movie or even viewing a photo for One minute, it freezes and becomes unresponsive.
Workload in a SoC is separated by CPU, GPU, RAM. Ideal condition is Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot.
By doing tests in CCWH, the raw performance of a SoC will turn into real world performing chart.