The most powerful processors for mobile phones

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What is the best mobile processor? Every year many people ask themselves this question before deciding to buy their next smartphone and, although the processor is not there thing more important to look at before buying a device, it is a key component that will determine aspects such as performance, autonomy or support in terms of updates.

For this reason, and with the aim of helping anyone looking to buy a new mobile phone today we will look at the most powerful mobile processors existing today, as well as the mobiles that mount these platforms and the differences between each of them. of them.



  • The most powerful mobile processors
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
    • apple A14
    • Samsung Exynos 2100
    • Kirin HiSilicon 9000
    • MediaTek Size 1200
  • What is the most powerful mobile processor of the moment?
  • Which smartphone has the best processor?
  • What are the major brands of mobile processors?

The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm's reference chip in 2021.

The most powerful mobile processors

Virtually all mobile processor manufacturers offer at least one chip oriented to bring the highest-end mobile phones to life available on the market in 2021. Today, these are the most powerful platforms offered by the major brands:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

The Snapdragon 888 is one of the most powerful mobile processors out there today.

It is the latest installment in Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 series and the more powerful than ever. The Snapdragon 888 5G is a high-end processor manufactured in a 5 nanometer format with 8 cores, which uses the AMD Cortex X1 architecture for its high-performance core.



Among its strengths we find a integrated 5G modem which offers speeds of up to 7500 Mbps in download and 3000 Mbps in upload.

It is the chip that virtually all manufacturers will be using this year in their high-end devices and one of the few that can compete head-to-head with the Apple A14.

  • What devices carry it? Samsung Galaxy S21, Xiaomi Mi 11, Oppo Trova X3 Pro, ZTE Nubia Red Magic 6, ZTE Nubia Red Magic 6 Pro, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, Vivo iQOO 7, Xiaomi Mi 11i, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, ASUS ROG Phone 5.

apple A14

The Apple A14 processor brings the iPhone 12 to life.

The Californian Apple continues to bet on self-designed processors and developed under the “A” brand. This year it's the turn dell’Apple A14, a chip based on 64-bit ARM architecture, built in 5 nanometers and with a 16-core neural engine.

It is a platform there which CPU is up to 16% faster than the one present in the previous generation and whose GPU also significantly improves performance compared to the last installment.

Like the Snapdragon 888, Apple's A14 incorporates an integrated 5G modem.

  • What devices carry it? iPhone 12, 12 Mini e 12 Pro, iPad Air 4

Samsung Exynos 2100

The new Samsung Exynos 2100 processor of the Galaxy S21.


One more year, Samsung generates controversy by providing its latest flagship devices with a different processor depending on the market they are aimed at. In Europe, the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra arrive with this Exynos 2100, a slightly different processor from the Snapdragon 888.


But the reality is that in this generation the differences from the Qualcomm model are much less obvious. In both cases these are 5-nanometer, 8-core processors, which use the Cortex X1 architecture in their high-performance cores.

In addition, the model signed by Samsung increases the maximum clock frequency to offer even higher performance.

The only aspect where it falls behind the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is in the graphic section, as the Exynos' Mali G78 GPU falls short of the optimum Adreno 660 of the Snapdragon 888.

  • What devices carry it? Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra

Kirin HiSilicon 9000

Huawei Kirin 9000, Huawei's most powerful processor to date.

Despite the problems the company has been facing since 2019, Huawei continues to bet on creating its own processors with the brand HiSilicon Kirin, and the Kirin 9000 is the last to arrive.

It is the first mobile platform in the world with 5 nanometer manufacturing technology that guarantees better performance in terms of energy consumption, with a eight-core processor up to 3,13 GHz and ARM Mali-G78 MP24 GPU, plus a built-in 5G modem.


  • What devices carry it? Huawei Mate 40, Huawei Mate 40 Pro

MediaTek Size 1200

Mediatek Dimensity 1200 - This is the new high-end chip from the Chinese manufacturer.

The Chinese semiconductor company has a platform located at the top of the most powerful mobile processors on the planet. This is the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 platform, made in 6 nanometer format and with a CPU based on a 1 + 3 + 4 core configuration with a Cortex A78 core capable of operating at a maximum frequency of 3 Ghz.


Its GPU is the ARM Mali-G77, compatible with displays with refresh up to 168 Hz. Obviously there is also the integrated 5G modem as in the rest of the platforms in this ranking.

  • What devices carry it? Xiaomi Redmi K40, realme GT Neo.

What is the most powerful mobile processor of the moment?

At the end of 2020, Apple pulled the Apple A14, the latest generation of its processor for mobile phones and tablets. Today is more powerful mobile processor and the one that offers the best ratio between power and energy efficiency in the entire market.

Which smartphone has the best processor?

If you are looking for the mobile phone with the best processor available on the market, I'm afraid I have good news and bad news. The good news is that there are four models to choose from. The bad news is that none of them have android.

And it is that today the Apple A14 made it more than clear its superiority over the rest of the mobile processors that exist today in terms of performance, autonomy and optimization, offering an experience simply unattainable by other platforms in aspects such as graphics performance or execution of tasks that require a high computational load. Hands down, the best mobile processor of 2021.

Therefore, we can say that, today, mobile phones with Apple A14 processor are smartphones with the best processor on the market. And, therefore, we are talking about the following models:

  • iPhone 12
  • 12 iPhone Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 is one of the best processor phones on the market.

If, on the other hand, we are talking about Android smartphone with a better processor, we can refer to the terminals that mount the most recent platforms of each of the manufacturers. Among these we find the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Huawei Mate40 Pro or the Xiaomi Mi 11.

What are the major brands of mobile processors?

Knowing the ranking of mobile processors for 2021, it is not too difficult to determine what the i are today brands most important of mobile processors.

Although Qualcomm both the company that distributes the largest number of processors to manufacturers and undoubtedly one of the most recognized on the market, is not the only one we can find by looking at the catalog of the main mobile device manufacturers.

MediaTek closely follows the Californian company, being one of the majority companies among the devices aimed at the Chinese market, especially those belonging to the entry and intermediate bands.

On the other hand, Samsung Exynos has gained ground in recent years by being the company that gives life to the vast majority of Samsung mobile phones and by starting to introduce its platforms in the terminals of other companies. One example is the Exynos 1080 which brings models like Vivo X60 and X60 Pro to life.

And we can't forget Huawei HiSilicon, a company that for years has proven to be at the level of the greats with its series processors Kirin, but which in recent years it has seen as part of its land has shrunk, due to restrictions imposed by the US government and the company's inability to continue to obtain essential American technology to be able to develop its chipsets.

Finally, Apple he bets on the way of I cook it, I eat it with its family of "A" series processors, which only gives life to its iPhone and iPad devices. Furthermore, in the not too distant future, we could see how virtually the entire catalog of Apple devices is supported by processors manufactured by Apple, like the new and successful M1.


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