Tossed around as hot cupcakes, these buzzwords certainly make anyone scratch their heads. However, there lie several important differences between these two processor types.
The line between high end and premium smartphones appears superficial at times, especially when one gets down to comparing the two types based solely on benchmark numbers. As the buzzword game states, there lies a clear difference between quad-core and dual-core smartphones. However, recently the smartphone market has seen the bombardment of budget level smartphones with quad-core mobile processors. The more the merrier does stand true; mostly, but not always.
Multiple processing cores have been residing in the heart of computers for more than a decade. In the last couple of years, the same fundamental has been implemented on mobile devices. But what exactly are multi-core processors? Let's take a quick look at the basics of multi-core processors.
Difference: Mobile processors vs PC processors
The basic difference between processors for computers and those for mobile phones is the types of instruction sets supported based on the architecture of the chipset. Processors for computers can provide higher performance by supporting complex instruction sets to carry out a variety of processing tasks simultaneously. However, the mobile processors meant for mobile devices provide performance based on reduced (or simplified) instruction sets by faster execution of each instruction. In a nutshell, the processors meant for computers lay emphasis on the hardware and use complex instruction sets to carry out the processing tasks. Processors for mobile phones, on the other hand, emphasize the software and RAM where the assembly line code is being stored. One of the obvious differences is that mobile processors in smartphones or tablets are not physically upgradable.
Silicon chip designers managed to include two individual processing cores on a single die and thus dual-core processors were brought. Here, cramming two individual processor cores is very different from combining two single-core processors. Dual-core mobile processors share the work of carrying out instruction sets by improving the performance per cycle. Quad-core mobile processors are basically the four individual processing cores integrated on a single die in such a way that all four cores can be used to deliver higher level performance.
So quad-core mobile processors are made in the same way as dual-core mobile processors with a lot of difference and emphasis on the architecture as well as other features. Dual-core processors can be perceived as two brains of similar potential at work to run apps, tasks and boost performance by double the capacity of a single core processor. Similarly, quad-core processors can be imagined to carry out the same level of tasks, apps and other processes with twice the power of dual-core processors. Over the course of this feature, you will slowly discover the merits and demerits of each type.
This week has been dominated by affordable smartphones but it was the mid-range devices that were in the limelight.
You can pair the gamepad with smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth.
In the first phase, Vodafone will roll out its 4G services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Kochi.
Apple is widely believed to launch two new iPhone models along with an iPad model at the event.
Cyanogen update is rolled out via OTA and is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS.
As per the latest tweet from Evan Blass, Sony is set to launch three phones, namely the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium.
Despite assurances, Huawei has so far failed to update its smartphones to the latest Android version
SF1, a 4G/ LTE variant is priced at $199 (approx Rs 13,144), and the SJ1.5, a 3G variant is priced at $129 (approx Rs 8,517) and will be available to the consumers in October.
A new Lenovo smartphone, Vibe P1, with a huge 5000 mAh battery has been spotted online.
Wileyfox has unveiled two CyanogenOS powered smartphones Swift and Storm in London.