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How to Choose a Smartphone Guide: Processor

How to Choose a Smartphone Guide Processor

There so many Smartphones in market nowadays. Each brand or Smartphone model comes with unique features that make them stand out. On the part of consumers, choosing among them can be quite hard. So, if you happened to be overwhelmed and confused as well with the influx of these devices, this guide and the others that will follow like:

will help you understand your options and let you narrow down your list in order for you to arrive at the most ideal Smartphone for you. This will also help you avoid spending your money needlessly on a piece of hardware that you will not be able to fully utilize.

Choosing a Processor

The first that we will discuss is how to choose the right processor. Basically, a processor has four main components, these are:

1. Chipset

A chipset is the platform that a processor runs on. It manages the communications between the processor and the external components of the Smartphone.

2. Clock Speed

The clock speed shows the maximum frequency at which a core can run in a span of a second.

3. Core

The core is a component that serves as the medium that reads and executes program instructions. A multi-core processor is composed of two or more central processing units that are independent from each other.

4. GPU

The graphics processing unit or GPU controls the graphical functions of a Smartphone. This component relies on the clock speed and cores of the processor.

A Smartphone with the newest and most advanced chipset that has the highest value associated with the clock speed and cores and with the most powerful GPU will not only let you enjoy the regular communication features of a phone but you will also be able to play games that require very high specs.

Currently, the most dominant processor available for Smartphones is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 with the Adreno 330 GPU. It is used by the popular Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Sony Xperia Z1.

Apple has its own Apple A6 1.3 GHz dual core with PowerVR GPU for the iPhone 5. It should be noted though that the iPhone 5s comes packed with the A7 which is the world’s first 64-bit chipset. No data is revealed yet as to what makes up this chipset but considering its higher features compared to the A6, it is expected to have more clockspeed and more advanced GPU.

But the thing is that if you are not a heavy user or you simply need a Smartphone that will let you perform your simple tasks like communicating through text messages, making calls, checking emails or browsing the Internet, then, having a processor with high specifications would be a total waste since you will not be able to maximize its potentials. If this is the case, you might just want to stick with a Smartphone that has a lower but reasonable processing power.

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This is the first part of the How to Choose a Smartphone Guide series. The next article called How to Choose a Smartphone Guide: Storage Options will show you the storage aspects of a Smartphone that you have to bear in mind before buying one.