Great Job! Although would be great to know whether all chipmakers provide support for major OS releases like MM, Nougat etc. to make it easier for folks to decide. Common notion is Qualcomm>Kirin=Exynos>Mediatek in terms of performance, efficiency and future updates but let's see if it can be proven!
First of all a big thanks for the work, the performance comparison of (just) multicore score tends to give the readers a completely different picture clearly far from truth. Yes you guys have mentioned it, but you need to be focused on what kind-of an idea you are planting into a less informed reader. If you are familiar to the site called 'cpubench', they have some benchmarking for Android as well, though not widely used to compare in the smartphone world. They do the benchmarking just like antutu with the performance analysed from different components like storage, CPU, GPU etc and they give it a "score". And based on that they rank a phone model can be boiled down to (SOC). My suggestion to you guys is that with all the numbers you have,, like the single core score (which is according to me at least) more important than multicore score, and the GPU scores etc, how about come up with a rating system where you identify the importance of each division and according to the score a phone achieve in each division (the rating system has to be made in such a way that it shows what's the best according to "~real world" scenarios).
Your works are becoming more important as people search for an information regarding smartphone and your site is most certainly accessed by that user, as you can influence a world wide market so easily, make sure you it's precisely studied and clearly explained. Keep up the good work and always try to give the readers the most accurate information that there is. Good luck.
Hats off! One of the most comprehensive articles I have ever read on chipsets. This will surely be bookmarked. Eagerly waiting for SD835 and see how it fares on these charts. But seriously, great work guyz!
Like a G6 :v, 08 Feb 2017They explained the what is a CPU, its performance, and I guess its architecture. If you take a... moreThat's why I asked about it. We got the process and architecture explained, then we're given the benchmarks of the SoCs, but including only CPU score.The title says "mobile chipset guide", but they're saying only about "half" of the chipset...
Take a bow, GSMArena!!! An article I will bookmark, and hope for regular updates! :)
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.
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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)