Jun 13, 2013
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The performance of your smartphone is influenced by many factors, including the operating system, manufacturer, and wireless carrier. But there's one essential and often-overlooked element that's largely responsible for the speed, efficiency, and battery life of your smartphone—the processor. Here's a simple guide to how it works, and what makes an all-in-one processor so powerful.
The processor is the central hub of your smartphone. It receives and executes every command, performing billions of calculations per second. The effectiveness of the processor directly affects every application you run, whether it's the camera, the music player, or just a simple email program. Pick the wrong one and you could experience sluggish, stuttering apps and limited network performance, regardless of carrier, manufacturer, or operating system.
When you do something more complex, like playing an online multiplayer game with 3D–intensive graphics or capturing 1080p video, the load put on a processor can be immense. The ability of the processor to coordinate efficient communication between all its components—the modem, graphics, and multimedia engines—is essential to smooth operation.
The CPU, GPU, audio and video engine, connectivity features (GPS, WiFi, FM), and 3G/4G modem are the major components of a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile processor that control the operation of some of the most powerful and power-efficient smartphones. In contrast, other processors may not integrate as many components, which is why the all-in-one name is key. Let's take a look at what a Snapdragon processor is designed to do, and how the parts of the processor work together to enable seamless actions.
Sometimes these components exist as different chips in a device, but the exceptionally powerful and power-efficient processors have all of them situated on a single chip. When they're grouped together onto the processor, it's referred to as "integrated." Bringing them closer together provides advantages for the operation of your phone, like faster communication and optimal battery life. Old-style, un-integrated processors and their scattered circuitry simply can't keep up. The pinnacle of the integrated design, though, is the "all-in-one" processor.
The all-in-one Qualcomm® Snapdragon™, is custom built to include the CPU, GPU, DSP, camera, radio, modem, and more. It also integrates voltage regulators for better power management, designed to improve battery life even further. By bringing all of these pieces together, and being the first processor to integrate a 4G LTE modem, Snapdragon processors are designed to provide amped up performance, improved battery life, smooth multitasking, and high-speed data. Many popular smartphones, like the Samsung GALAXY S4, the HTC One, and the Nokia Lumia, run on Qualcomm Snapdragon all-in-one processors.
You don't need to wrap your head around all of the billions of complex interactions inside your smartphone in order to appreciate how it works. An all-in-one processor hosts your phone's most essential components, driving your music, games, videos, Web surfing, email, and more. The more your processor is capable of, the more you're likely to enjoy your mobile device.
By seeking out a device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon all-in-one processor, you can feel confident you're getting the most powerful and efficient device your budget will allow.
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This article has been adapted from a previous collaboration with Content Works.