BUYING A SNAPDRAGON, MEDIATEK OR INTEL SMARTPHONE?
Most Smartphone users aren’t aware of the core details concerning their mobile devices.
Sad to say, this knowledge might be quite important when choosing a lasting and valuable device from the mobile market.
The very importance of your Smartphone lies in its powerful processors which is the brain behind the quality of your mobile device.
Let’s start with a Snapdragon Processor Smartphone
I’m sure you must have come across the term somewhere, somehow. So here’s a little detailed explanation.
What is A Snapdragon Chip?
A Snapdragon is microchip collection of chips fused together often called chipsets or micro processors. Snapdragon is manufactured by Qualcomm which is an American company.
Snapdragon microchips are not only just Central Processing Units (CPUs), they integrate other valuable processors in their collection as well. This is what sets them apart from other microprocessors.
Snapdragon are named as System on chips popularly known as SOCs which means they are a collection of fused chips which contain a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), CPU (Adreno Graphics), Digital Signal (DSP) Processor, Image processor, Media processor, Cellular Modem Unit, Wifi Module, Radio Module, GPS Module and all other mini/microchip in them.
It is imperative to note that all this fancy Processors, units and modules are integrated, fusedand provided for by Snapdragon itself. Hence why the price is often so expensive even for their mid-range devices.
As for the Snapdragon’s Performance?
They generally perform above average. Especially when it comes to multiple tasking applications, heavy game play and really intensive use which they can maintain at phenomenal rates
A snapdragon Chipset’s Battery Life is more than often the best in regard of power efficiency and lasting usage when compared with other chipsets.
Due to incorporated and fused chips Snapdragon’s graphics are self-monitored and self-manufactured. This allows the performance of both the GPU and CPU to be tested and harmonized according to the same performance and speed.
While Snapdragon Processors or Smartphones generally give off less heat and are often cool to touch when compared with an Intel Atom or Mediatek processors, there is however one notable and single exception which is the – Snapdragon 810 Micro Processor Chip. – That chip is hoot!
Does your Mobile Device Say Mediatek?
Mediatek unlike Snapdragon is purely a creative construct of a Taiwanese company which provides for its component microchips by outsourcing companies.
Mediatek chip devices often have designated cores in its processors like multiple hexa-cores, octa-cores, deca-cores…
Depending on which version of the Mediatek, their processor range quite from below average to above average. The best performance of a mediatek processor can only be based on a single combination of both the amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) space available on the device and the extra multiple cores which take care of heavy usage/ intensive handling.
Mediatek Processors are “Power Drainers”. Trust me it’s a first-hardline truth. Even though recent advancements in their Chips have allowed the manufacturers to factor in power efficiency optimizations, they are sadly lacking behind competitors in terms of sufficient battery life usage.
It’s the also a real truth that Mediatek’s performances are sufficient for an average user. Due to its extra cores, but like I said earlier more cores required the sufficient efficiency of Ram space to achieve any magnificent performance.
Unlike the coolness of a Snapdragon Mobile Device, Some Mediatek devices are boldly so hot, you could practically fry eggs on them. This is as a result of the inner processors working hard to maintain performance between the cores, the ram and the integrated chips which mind you are outsourced – Meaning not really intimately tested before fusing.
Such is the reason above why Mediatek employs third party chips like Mali graphics which is gotten from its third party graphics vendor. In cases like this both graphics, and processing chips may not be perfect or close to perfect matches which in turn affect the smartphone’s efficiency and lifespan.
Here comes the Intel – Intel Atom
If you’ve come Intel Processor Logos or pictures, I’d bet it’d be mostly based on Personal Computer Systems because they dominate the Personal Computer market. Intel Atom Chips are just the processors created by the PC Company to cash in on the booming and emerging mobile market.
The performance of Intel Microprocessors on Mobile Devices are quite on par with their high end processors for PCs. The only problem Intel Atoms chips majorly face on mobile devices is the stigmatizing issue of battery life.
Battery Life which is the source blood of any mobile device cannot be overemphasized in our era.
Notwithstanding to some it might seem quite disappointing that a company whose vast experience in manufacturing less energy consuming processors for PC’s cannot achieve the same phenomenal feat on the mobile platform.
Although Intel’s latest series of core M-Processors might differ from its predecessors in terms of power efficiency. Their previous failures to capture the market have made a lasting impression on their capability.
While Intel Atom Processors also deliver more heat when running heavy and CPU intensive tasks or while using for long duration, their more recent series have assured doubters of clear waters.
Even though unlike Snapdragon, Intel still utilize third party graphic vendors such as Mali graphics & Power VGR in their CPU’s.
That doesn’t mean they do not have their own private Graphics Processing Unit – called the Intel Iris Graphics.
The problem is we are yet to know the potential of the chip on mobile smartphone devices.
What’s your take on this? Would your criteria on buying a phone be on the aesthetic beauty or efficiency value?