When it comes to mobile processors, cores matter. At least that’s what can be gleaned from AnTuTu’s semi-annual report, which shows the octa-core Samsung Exynos 5410 processor taking the top spot over Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 600.
If you’ve ever benchmarked your phone before, then chances are you’re already familiar with AnTuTu, which has become an industry standard for evaluating hardware performance. And twice a year, AnTuTu compiles all of its user-submitted tests and data to show the top-performing hardware out there, as well as the most popular devices by region.
So far this year, between January 1 – June 30, the highest performance levels were seen by the global version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, which is powered by Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 5410 processor. The Exynos splits the work in half, using a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A7 chip to handle smaller background tasks, and a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex A15 chip for all the heavy lifting. This is really more like two separate quad-core processors than a true octa-core chip, since they don’t work in tandem, but semantics aside, the numbers show that this is the fastest chipset out there.
Coming in at a close second was, surprise, another Samsung Galaxy S 4. But this time it was the quad-core version we’ve seen released in the U.S. Powered by Qualcomm’s 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, the results came pretty close to matching the performance standard set by the Exynos. Rounding out the top three is the Xiaomi MI 2S from China.
Is this unequivocal proof that the more cores you have the better off you are? No. Generally speaking, software has to be optimized to take advantage of the hardware. Still, a little extra muscle can’t hurt.
And no matter which version you have, according to the results you should be in pretty good shape if you carry a Galaxy S 4. It’ll be interesting to see how these results change in the second half of the year, with more octa-core chips undoubtedly on the horizon and Qualcomm expected to release its next-generation Snapdragon 800 processor in devices like the LG G2.
Chart image from AnTuTu Labs.