What is a smartphone processor?

Confused about quad-cores and Snapdragons? Read on for the answers...
What is a smartphone processor?

Why we love processors (and why you should too)

When buying a smartphone, we all want the best features. One feature that often gets overlooked is the processor inside our handsets. They are the brains of every device. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to take photos, play games, use apps, and more. Here’s our guide to all you need to know about processors...

What are processors?

Processors are the little computers inside every device (from smartphones to smart cars), responsible for handling the instructions we command - like when you'd tap on the display to open apps, take a photo, receive a call, or play a video. The best processors let you open lots of apps at once, play the latest games, deliver fast performance and make your phone more fun to use.

What types of processor should I look out for?

Dual-core and quad-core processors are two of the most common types, with enough power run even the most feature-packed of smartphones. Some handsets have octa-core and even deca-core processors - like the Kodak Ektra, allowing it to open more apps and features without it suffering from slow performance.

If too many apps are open at once, the performance of your device can suffer. Smartphones with more cores are less likely to slow down and crash from doing too many things at once.

Smartphone processors detail their speeds by how many gigahertz or megahertz they're capable of. For example, a top-line handset like LG G5 has a quad-core processor, made up of two 2.15GHz processors and two 1.6GHz processors. Compared to a lower-tier deivce, like the HTC Desire 530 has a single 1.1GHz quad-core processor. As a rule of thumb, the higher the numbers, the better you can expect the overall performance to be.

What multiple core processors mean for your next smartphone

The latest smartphones such as the Google Pixel and iPhone 7 let you open multiple apps at once, and switch between them in an instant. Multitasking is great for when you’re browsing Twitter and Facebook on-the-go, and want to find directions on Google Maps real quick.

Better gaming

Today’s smartphone games look as good as those on a home console, like the stunning CSR Racing 2 (pictured above - available for Android and iOS) with gorgeous graphics, realistic car handling physics, and online play with other players around the world. It’s made possible thanks to the latest multi-core processors capable of handling more data for smoother gameplay performance.

Record better quality video

Where single core processors could only power 720p quality video, the newest multi-core processors let you record video in Full HD, and stunning 4K footage, with four times the detail of Full HD.

More battery life

With more battery life you can do more of the things you love with your smartphone for longer. The extra cores in today’s processors only burst into life when they need extra power for a game or app.

This means battery power is conserved for those times when you need it most in emergencies, such as when you need to call a cab home late at night, or check the last train times.

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