The Ultimate Android CPU / GPU Comparison Guide


With the explosion of Android phones on the market these days it can be hard to keep the various SoCs, CPUs, GPUs, and model numbers straight. If you are in the market for a new Android phone or just want to keep up to date on the latest technology look no further. In this article I will attempt to break it all down and explore the various Android SoC implementations available today.

There are currently 6 major mobile phone manufactures that produce Android devices today: Motorola, Samsung, HTC, LG, Dell, and Sony Ericsson. Each manufacturer is more or less aligned with a specific SoC (System-on-Chip), meaning that the CPU, GPU, I/O logic and are all integrated onto a single piece of silicon. For the most part the manufacturers produce their line of phones with the same SoC. Some of the newer dual core phones break this trend and are now using either the NVIDIA Tegra 2 or TI OMAP 4 ARM Cortex A9 based SoCs.

Phone Manufacturers / SoC Provider

Below is the current breakdown of manufactures and their corresponding SoC providers.

Phone Manufacturers / SoC Provider
Motorola Texas Instruments OMAP / NVIDIA Tegra 2 (newer dual core phones)
Samsung Samsung Hummingbird / Exynos
HTC Qualcomm Snapdragon
LG Qualcomm Snapdragon / Texas Instruments OMAP 4 (newer dual core phones)
Dell Qualcomm Snapdragon
Sony Ericcsson Qualcomm Snapdragon

As you can see the manufactures have agreements to use a specific providers SoC with their entire line of Android devices. If you buy a HTC phone for example, you will most likely be getting the Qualcomm SoC.

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  • andy p

    Thanks – it is probably worth updating your benchmarks at least for 2nd gen qualcomm devices such as desire HD / Thunderbot and the new sony ones

  • Dman667

    Qualcomm does not use stock Cortex-A8 CPUs. Instead, they use Scorpion cores, which are modified Cortex-A8s, but with more performance. Another thing, some of the S1 devices use ARM11 cores, not Scorpion. (HTC wildfire, SE X8, x10mini.. )