BEST MOBILE PROCESSORS OF 2019: The processor or SOC is called the powerhouse of the smartphone. The performance of the mobile processor dictates how good or bad the smartphone experience will be for you. A phone with a good mobile processor will open apps and do tasks in the blink of an eye. A bad mobile processor can cause problems such as overheating, laggings, crashes and all those things which you don’t want.
Gaming phones depend largely on processors because that’s where they get all the energy from to run those heavy games. Daily use phones must have a decent mobile processor that gets the job done without any hiccups. Apple’s mobile processors are suitable for iPhones only. iPhone X/XS/Max/XR all use the Apple A12 Bionic chip which is the best-performing chip right now.
Android devices can either go with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Exynos 9820, HiSilicon Kirin 980, or MediaTekHelio P90. Here is a detailed list of best mobile processors of 2019:
BEST MOBILE PROCESSORS OF 2019
APPLE A12 BIONIC: This chipset is exclusive to iPhones only. On running benchmarks, it comes out to be on the top of the list. The latest versions of the iPhones use this mobile processor.
SNAPDRAGON 855: This is a mobile processor of choice of a large majority of Android flagship phones like Samsung Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro. The performance difference of Snapdragon 855 and A12 Bionic is negligible. You won’t be able to catch the speed difference running these two chipsets side by side.
EXYNOS 9820: This is Samsung’s own SOC brand and specific to Samsung devices only. As a matter of fact, Samsung uses this chipset in Galaxy S10 and the upcoming Note 10 also. The Exynos version of the S10 is available outside of the United States.
KIRIN 980: This chipset is mostly used by flagship devices of Honor and Huawei. The performance difference between A12 Bionic and Kirin 980 is notable. Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Huawei P30 Pro currently make use of this mobile processor.
SNAPDRAGON 845: There is not a huge performance difference between 855 and 845. Devices like OnePlus 6T, Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, XiaomiMi Mix 2S, etc. use this chipset. By no means is this processor bad. As a matter of fact, this is the right time to purchase devices that make use of the Snapdragon 845.
SNAPDRAGON 730: This mobile processor is used a large number of mid-range devices. The latest Redmi K20 is powered by Snapdragon 730 and performs just fine. There is no stutter or lag whatsoever.
EXYNOS 8895: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ make use of this mobile processor. If you look at the Geekbench scores for Exynos 8895 and 9820, the difference is of around 30 points which are pretty significant but not notable when you use the device.
SNAPDRAGON 675: A lot of Xiaomi’s mid-range devices like Redmi Note 7 Pro use this mobile processor. It is not super powerful but gets the job done without any hiccups. Gaming and regular use are smooth with this chipset.
EXYNOS 7885: This processor is used by Samsung’s mid-range devices such as Galaxy A7 (2018). The performance difference between 9820 and 7885 is notable. You will have to change game settings a bit for smoothness. However, regular tasks such as photography, messaging, e-mail, etc. are supported well by this mobile processor.
MEDIATEK HELIO P90: Brands like Oppo, Vivo, Meizu, Realme, and Lenovo make use of this chipset. The performance is decent for the price but nowhere near Apple A12 or Snapdragon 855. This mobile processor is not for the power user.
Honorable mentions: Apple A11 Bionic, Exynos 9810, Snapdragon 835, Helio P70, Snapdragon 632, and Kirin 970.