Snapdragon, Exynos, Apple AX: which is your favorite mobile processor line?

Snapdragon, Exynos, Apple AX: which is your favorite mobile processor line?
Thanks to the ARM architecture, mobile chipsets have had an amazing journey in the span of just a few short years, reaching the jaw-dropping 14nm culmination we are at now, and moving towards the 10nm production method. In the process, some of the screeching fast silicon that our phones and tablets are equipped with managed to rival the clocked speeds and processing power of laptops even. 

There is a trend for paying less and less attention to the chipset your phone is equipped with, as even lower midrange ones now come with 64-bit support, multicore configurations, and can run anything that Android, iOS, or Windows Mobile throws at them. If not for an overheating debacle or two, like the one that swirled around Qualcomm's current Snapdragon 810 darling, the average user wouldn't even look at what's driving their phones, since at that level of processing power, most lag or stuttering is usually due to software optimisations, rather than lack of clock cycles.

Not all mobile chipsets based on the ARM architecture are created equal, though, and there is usually an area where one excels before the others. Qualcomm, for instance, bundles its Snapdragon line with the most complex 4G radios that support record numbers of LTE bands without interference, as well as plenty of other adjacent connectivity options. Samsung's Exynos portfolio is usually at the bleeding edge of processor foundry technology, always shattering the nanometer barriers on its way downwards. The up-and-coming MediaTek offers one of the best value-for-money mobile chips, and is a deca-core pioneer, while Apple's AX line is custom-made to bring the best out of iOS and iDevices, while shattering a single-core benchmark or two with each new release.

This is why we wanted to ask you if you have a favorite mobile chipset line, one you think offers superior value and features, or if you aren't that interested what makes your phone or tablet tick. Take your pick, and sound off below.

What is your favorite mobile processor line?

Qualcomm's Snapdragon
34.24%
Samsung's Exynos
33.32%
Huawei's Kirin
0.99%
MediaTek
3.28%
Apple's AX
23.35%
Other
1.5%
I don't really care about processors
3.31%

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99 Comments

101. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Apple id vote for overall, though at the moment id go with exynos.

99. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Let's get real, AX is the only thing that even tries to compete anymore, and does it head and shoulders better than the "competition".

96. kayben2012

Posts: 3; Member since: May 04, 2012

When I think about the chipsets from Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple and which one is the best solution for a phone, I don't only consider the CPU and GPU, I look at the whole solution which can include the cellular, GPS, and WiFi. In addition the developer tools and support as well as the battery efficiency of the whole solution. When you add all those items up, nothing comes close to Qualcomm. That's Qualcomm chipsets are in the vast majority of the phones.

89. renan_batista2

Posts: 22; Member since: May 11, 2013

Its just funny that nobody cares about the Nvidia Tegra X1, for me the best processor chip nowadays. Octacore and beats any chipsets that are avaliable in the market.

86. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

A9 no doubt. Another failed attempt at getting my 6s plus. Ugh. They seem to be really selling well.

81. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I didnt pick either. The fact is, they all have some advantages and disadvantages based on platform, OEM implimenetation and other factors. I lost all creditbility with Qualcomm over the SD810. before that I woudl have easiliy voted for the SnapDragon because it has the best graphics processing vs the Mali that Samsung uses with the Exynos. But after they outright lied about the SD810 rumors, yet we watch reviews and images show the SD810 lireally on fire inside the phones that had them...I will never buy a phone with their chipsets no matter who name is on it. If Samsung uses the 820 in the S7 next year, I wont buy that model. I will buy the International version since I am now with T-Mobile or switch to something else... Apple does a good job with their offering, but we only get to see it in action on Apple hardware. At least with the Exynos, other EOMs also can use this chip and we can test outside of Samsung's own devices. I've never owned a phone with the other 2 yet. But that could change. I may even try a Nexus device. That 6P is really nice looking. I personally am burned out on Apple and Samsung because with both being leaders, they both need to offer more differentiation.

85. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

How can snapdragon fail to outperform exynos in real games if it has better graphics processor?

80. GeekMovement unregistered

I was impressed with the A9 processor this year, especially the power in a single core.

78. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Samsung's Exynos. Used to like Qualcomm SD but they got lazy.

77. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Personally, the A-series processors have the best performance and great design. Followed by Krait processor by Qualcomm then Exynos.

76. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gotta go with that AX lineup. Benchmarks and real world performance, bare witness.

100. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

^This guy gets it. I will say that I WANT others to do ridiculous things(In a good way.), nothing moves tech forward like stiff competition.

71. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

these results show just how bad android fans are brainwashed, and / or how little they understanding of hardware. Pathetic unable to think herd!

68. nomiking8

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

In 2015 samsung is at top...snapdragon fails...

67. krisztian9293

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 12, 2015

Snapdragon: is so fast... Now for me is the best in SD 808.. The SD 810 is not bad but have a problems. Apple Ax: Yes is good. A9 and the A8 is very fast.... Exynos: I don't know.. I don't like this because I like GTA games and so have bugs with the textures... But is fast and good. Kirin: Not bad, is fast but have problems

63. JMartin22

Posts: 2427; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Up until the Apple A9, it was the Samsung Exynos 7420. The former took the lead with its industry-leading CPU performance and best-in-class GPU. We'll see what the Exynos M1 offers, as the 7420 6 months old now on the market and is showing its age.

59. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Qualcomm's chipsets rocks!!! nothing else matters.

54. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

If the same poll happened last year. Samsung Exynos would not get even 1% Kudos to Samsung

72. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Nop they was about to take the same resoult because theyr fans are brainwashed

92. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Sammy and apple fanboys :p

52. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

I didn't understood why suddenly people started hating Qualcomm, yes their snapdragon 810 wasn't a success and it had issues. But Qualcomm delivered some consitent mobile processors to us and kept their crown. Whereas, Exynos was very consistent with their Chipsets, take S4 or S3, it was not even close to the snapdragon processors at that time. I am sure Qualcomm will bounce back. If you read almost all Snapdragon 810 devices, bloggers bashed every single device and they played a pivotal part in the failure of the device. I smell something fishy there. Maybe Samsung may have played their part to boost their exynos chipset sales by keeping overheating issues of 810 devices over the internet.

56. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

So, do you want ppl to keep loving Qualcomm and keep kissing sd810? When sd810 has ruined full 2015. Well, I don't see any reason to love qcomm. They deserve the criticism.

83. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Ahaha. E5410=SD800, E4412=S4 Pro, E4210=S4 Plus, E5433=SD810. Snapdragons are always behind for a half of year.

42. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Gotta Go With Samsung's Exynos Cause Despite All Of Samsung's High-End Phones Having 2k Screen They Still Mange To Have Impressive All Around Performance Thanks To Samsung's Amazing Exynos Soc. That's Something No One Else Can Say.

73. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Screen resolution do not have ANY inpact on CPU and on the GPU off screen performance. A9 is better by far

91. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah But Onscreen Is What Matters.

94. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

kinda true even that almost evrything even in 2k screen is rendered in 1080p but anyways A9 beats them both in off and on screen test

95. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The Screens Resolution Still Matters Despite What It Renders In. But Yeah A9 Wins For Now Anyway Its Competition Isn't The E7420 But The New Up Coming E8890.

97. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Dont see any reason to compare non existing chip to existing one Both are competition 7420 was ageinst A8, now is ageinst A9 after half a year will be e8890 vs a9 and then vs a10. A8 had lower multy score but it was thermal throttling much slower.

40. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Snapdragon rocks! nothing else matters.

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