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Smartphone Processors - World's Top Notch Smartphone Processor Comparison, Apple's A12 on the top

GadgetFrame 31 Jan, 2019

When you are going to buy a new smartphone there might be some questions running through your head like does the phone lags, is there going to be any thermal issue and how’s the battery performance? So all these things are quite inter-related with the processor of the phone.

So, what is a Processor in a Smartphone?

In the world of computing – desktop, laptop, mobile, and others – a processor can be said to be like the ‘engine of a car’, which basically runs the whole scene for the device in question. The more powerful the processor of your smartphone or PC, the faster it performs and the number of tasks it can carry out simultaneously.

In 2019, there are various processor’s that run the world of processors on the smartphone. But almost every mobile processors run the ARM V8-A (64 bit) architecture for better performance. ARM’s architecture is also being improvised day by day for better performance. Now ARM comes with 3 different series i.e. ARM A7X Series, ARM A5X Series, and ARM A3X Series. Basically ARM A7X series are for the highest performance which includes Cortex A75, Cortex A73, and Cortex A72. ARM 5X Series (Cortex A57, Cortex A55 and Cortex A53) is for more balanced performance and efficiency. A3X Series is the smallest and lowest powered series with Cortex A35 and Cortex A32.

Qualcomm Snapdragon

There are various companies that make their own smartphone processors but two most successful companies for making their own smartphone processors are Qualcomm and MediaTek. Other big companies like Samsung, Apple, and Huawei have their own processor which is mostly used in their own devices. Exynos 8 Octa 9820 is Samsung's premium octa-core mobile processor built on 8nm, Apple A12 Bionic is apples own chipset which is the most powerful chipset in the smartphone and Huawei Kirin 980 is the world’s first 7nm AI chipset.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 vs Apple A12 Bionic vs Exynos 9820 vs Kirin 980


Snapdragon 855

A12 Bionic

Exynos 9820

Kirin 980

Production Node






1x 2.84GHz, 3x 2.42GHz, 4x 1.80GHz Kyro 485

2x2.5GHz Vortex + 4x1.6GHz Tempest

2xCustom Core + 2xCortex A75 + 4xCortex A55

2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 + 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 + 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55


Adreno 640

4-core Apple GPU

Mali-G76 MP12

Mali-G76 MP10

AI Co-processor

Yes, Single

Yes, Single

Yes, Single

Yes, Dual-core


4K HDR10+@60fps


8K HDR@30fps, 4K HDR@150fps



LTE Cat.20, optional X50 5G

LTE Cat.16

LTE Cat.20

LTE Cat.21

In an event held at Maui, Hawaii, Qualcomm introduced new Snapdragon 855. All these processors are 7nm based except for Exynos 9820 which is an 8nm chipset.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S10 Leaks And Rumors


Single Core


Apple A12 Bionic



Samsung Exynos 9820



Qualcomm Snapdragon 855



Huawei Kirin 980



Apple’s A12 Bionic is probably the best processor right now in the market according to the Geekbench score. Huawei Kirin 980 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 are quite similar in processing as they both are based on ARM Cortex A76. Now, Samsung’s Exynos 9820 which will be available on Samsung Galaxy S10 or Galaxy Note 10 but according to the leaks of Geekbench, it has quite high single core score and lowest multi-core score. The real benchmark score will be revealed once those devices are launched.

Top 10 Processors in the world


Processor Name



Apple A12 Bionic

iPhone XS Max


Snapdragon 855

 Samsung Galaxy S10(USA Variant)


Exynos 9820

Samsung Galaxy S10/Samsung Note 10


Kirin 980

Huawei Mate 20 Pro


Apple A11 Bionic

iPhone X


Snapdragon 845

OnePlus 6T


Exynos 9810

Samsung Galaxy Note 9


Kirin 970

Huawei Mate 10 Pro


Apple A10 Fusion

iPhone 7 Plus


Snapdragon 835

Google Pixel 2 XL

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