5 of the Most Powerful Mobile processors of 2014
Mobile processors in phones this year have surpassed the computing power of a lot of computers from a decade ago. Here are the top 5 most powerful smartphone processors available/released in the market for 2014.
Huawei Kirin 925. The Kirin 925 is the latest and fastest chip developed by the Chinese company. It uses a 28nm HPM process and runs a pair of quad-core chips — 4x Cortex-A15 + 4 x Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE.
The GPU is powered by a Mali-T628 MP4 running at 600MHz.
What is most interesting with the Kirin 925 is that it is capable of supporting dual-SIM functionality with both dual-LTE radios.
Mediatek MT6795. Not to be outdone, MediaTek finally released its octa-core chip with LTE connectivity. The MT6795 is clocked at 2.2GHz, all 8 cores of them based on ARM Cortex-A53.
Graphics is powered by a PowerVR G6200 @ 700 MHz that can handle up to 2560×1600-pixel display.
We have not yet seen any recognizable phone brands that uses the MT6795 but we’ve seen some leads from Chinese online stores of close phones (Galaxy Note 4) running the chip.
NVidia Tegra K1. Released around the 2nd quarter of 2014, the Tegra K1 uses a 28nm HPM process and runs on ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore R3 plus a low power companion core. Each of the 4 cores clocks up to 2.3GHz.
The GPU uses GK20A Kepler micro-architecture with capacity of 364.79 GFLOPS (with core configuration of 192:8:4). That is a lot of cores!
However, very few devices are using it — including the NVidia Shield Tablet and the XiaoMi MiPad.
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5433. This chip uses a 20 nm HKMG process running a quad-core Cortex-A57+ quad-core Cortex-A53 (big.LITTLE with GTS) implementation. The GPU is powered by a Mali-T760 MP6 @ 700 MHz with 206 GFLOPS (FP16).
The chip is developed by Samsung and being used in the Galaxy Note 4. However, it’s possible that might offer the same to other friendly brands.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. Perhaps the most popular among the mobile chipsets right now is the Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm. It is being used by the most number of phone brands.
The Snapdragon 805 is based on 28nm HPm process and runs on a quad-core processor with each core running at 2.7GHz. Graphics is powered by an Adreno 420 GPU.
Rounding up the list includes the Atom Z3580 quad-core processor at 2.3GHz with a GPU capable of crunching 136 GFLOPs as well as the Apple A8x with a 1.5GHz triple-core processor running at 1.5GHz.