Which smartphone/tablet owns the fastest processor?

Which smartphone/tablet owns the fastest processor?
Pretty much every new handset or tablet that comes out features a dual- or quad-core processor of some sort, and we're now well past the 1 GHz mark. With so many contenders, though, it's easy to lose track and become unaware of exactly which device features the fastest processor.

Of course, with the kind of pacing we enjoy in this industry, the fastest processor today is often seen as slow tomorrow, but still, it's always interesting to know who's currently on top of the game.

There are two main factors in determining the speed of a processor - its clock rate and number of cores. Since we've come to the conclusion that increasing the core count brings more speed boost than simply upping the frequency a bit, we'll be looking for the CPU which has the most cores, and highest clock speed. Please keep in mind that the theoretical speed of a processor does not translate into overall speed of the device that uses it. There have been many examples where a smartphone or tablet with a slower processor performs way better than a higher-spec'd competitor. With that out of the way, let the CPU party begin!



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60 Comments

60. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Holy Pointless Articles Batman!!

59. achangavi

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

Seriously, if you want to test which phone/tablet has the fastest processor, root them, and install asp with full driver support. That way you'll be able to take fair benchmarks and make good comparisons because roms make a HUGE difference.

58. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

As soon as I opened up the article and saw who the author was I started reaching for my chest waders. Seriously Ray, how do they maintain your employ here? Is your dad Mr. PhoneArena or something? Does he know you're sneaking onto the computer?

55. kimoz

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

sorry but gs3 is faster and much better than htc one x . the htc one x has many problems . the browser is horrible and when you press the home screen button it takes time to load the ui also it doesnt offer real multitasking . while gs3 is top notch in everything

51. mkdk7

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

exynos owns tegra wth

50. joey18

Posts: 694; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

The phone is slow wify and data so sg3 is not iphone killer is copycat killer

49. an4564

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

this is stupid im pretty sure everyone knows by now that cores and clock speed no longer determine how good the cpu run

41. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

whoa, okay, this is wayyyy off. the Galaxy SIII and the Galaxy Note 10.1 are #1 with their Exynos 4412 SoCs #2 either goes to the Transformer Pad Infinity with it's newer Tegra III SoC clocked @ 1.6GHz or the S4 equipped devices like the One X for example.

39. baldilocks

Posts: 1554; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

How can you rate the GS3 in 3rd place when it easily, EASILY outpaces the 2nd place holders?? PhoneArena gets under my skin sometimes..

35. E34V8

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

I cant believe that phonearena knows that little about mobile chips to compare theire productivity just by clock speed. Ray, you know better. What is this article?

38. E34V8

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

What about manufacturing processes (40/32/28) , cache per Core, instructions and other supported features?

34. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

What? So root a Galaxy S3, OneX and Optimus 4X and overclock them to 1.6GHz and suddenly they're all as fast as each other? Not all about clock speed and cores. Anyone could have written this. Pointless article.

33. Mehrzad

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

I think benchmark results will be totally different.

19. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

This article seems a bit off and unprofessional. Clock rate & cores seriously? Lol.

22. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I thoght exactly the same. I wonder if when the A15 cores come to play Ray is not going to look at them unless they are quad cores and with higher clock rates than the A9. LOL

26. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

16. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

just because it has a quad core processor doesn't mean it faster than dual core phones out there, S4 Krait processor has already proved it,

15. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

Wrong!!!!!Wrong!!!Totally Wrong!!!! You guys are looking at the clock speed like 1.4GHz or 1.5GHz or 1.6GHz...........Come on guys..........Its not the clock speed or the GHz....its the benchmark that matter the most and S3's 1.4GHz quad core processor smokes Nvidia's 1.5GHz processor in HTC One X and the LG 4x HD......not sure about infinity

17. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

benchmark scores depends on many factors like the ROm Driver, and something like that, benchmark is not everything

40. baldilocks

Posts: 1554; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

You are correct. PhoneArena is 100% wrong on this front.

12. toyds123

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"Congratulations to ASUS and the Infinity 700! Their achievement will soon be surpassed..." WHAT THE HELL? this made me laugh!

14. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

rumored version of one x with 4 1.7Ghz will soon be released.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, your analysis and reasoning are off. Simply increasing MHz or cores does not necessarily mean increased speed. There are to many factors to take into account. That's why in PC'S, a slower clocked quad core Intel Dandy Bridge is faster than a six core AMD at a higher frequency. Internally, you can have the width and length of the pipeline in bits, cache size and speed, the speed of the bus, the number of calculations per clock cycle, etc...externally, the speed of the ram, how many background processes the system is also running, etc... Now, if you're talking about processors all from the exact same family, then you can make some generalizations like in the article. If you have two Intel Sandy Bridges with the same number of cores, equal cache, etc...the more MHz, the faster. I know this sounds nitpicky, but these sorts of misconceptions kept people from buying AMD Athlons back when they were spanking Pentiums with 20% higher clocks just because the Athlon said 1GHz, and the Pentium said 1.3GHz. (That plus the brand name. Lots of parallels to smartphones today in that analysis) People were paying more to get less. (More parallels)

13. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

"Sandy Bridge". Goddamned incorrect.

57. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"Goddamned incorrect"? Heh... I think even your autocorrect got autocorrected. ;-p

20. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

To tedkord you listen. Know what he's talking about, he does.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yoda?

30. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Lol, I thought this was pretty funny.

23. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

thanks for saving me some finger stress. Seriously... WHAT? I'm sorry Ray, but you need to do a lot of research on chips before doing such a baseless comparison. The exynos found in the SGS3 blows the snot out of the T3 chip at equal frequencies, lower frequencies, and even higher frequencies. Under your assumptions backed up by no facts, a (if there was such a thing) quad core Pentium4 chip running at 3ghz would blow away a core2duo running at 2ghz. Which is simply not true. There are so many factors to take into consideration its not funny.. which is why we lean so heavily on benchmarks. And the benchmarks show quite the opposite. the exynos 4412 obliterates the T3 in all shapes and forms. The ONLY chip that has posted a higher bench than the 4412 is the unreleased S4 "Pro" chip which barely aced it out because of its new GPU. Of course that will be tossed by the exynos 5250, but that is a different story for a different day.

25. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

You have to remember, the Tegra 3 on the Infinity isn't the same one found on the One X, per say.

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