At the same time, chip makers update the flagship SoC every year, which also guarantees the performance of the flagship phone. But the question is, are these flagship processors really better than the old ones? When we choose mobile phones, is it enough to choose a lower-priced old flagship chip or the latest mid-range chip?
In order to find the answer to the question, the foreign media Android Authority selected the benchmark data of mainstream chip products, including Qualcomm Xiaolong, Kirin, Samsung Exynos and MediaTek Helio, and produced two sets of charts. The first group shows the annual SoC performance score. The second group shows detailed results.
Each chip Antu rabbit running score distribution map
Today's best mid-range SoC is comparable to the 2016 flagship
First, let's take a look at the range of smartphone SoC performance segments in recent years. Through the following table, we have come to the conclusion that high-performance CPUs are accelerating every year, while low-end SoCs are not growing. In recent years, the gap between the flagship chip and the low-end chip has gradually increased, which means that the mid-end chip has to cover a wider area.
Fortunately, the recently launched midrange chip has surpassed the 2016 flagship chip and is catching up with the 2017 flagship chip.
For the mid-end market, this is good news, because most of the 16-year flagship phones run OK, and it only works when running the game. This means that the mid-range chip has a lot of room to grow before it reaches the zero point of performance return, but for applications, these mid-range processors are adequately priced and are the best choice.
This is due to the retirement of the Cortex-A53 core, and the larger Cortex-A core is on the stage of history.
Each chip 3DMark running score distribution map (Android Authority also listed other benchmark tests, not one by one)
Playing games also have to look at the flagship processor
Contrary to the CPU core, the GPU situation is not optimistic, especially for mid-range chips. From 2016, the GPU performance of the mid-range chip gradually opened up and the distance from the flagship chip. From the perspective of everyday casual games, this is no problem, after all, the mid-range chip is born for these games. But with the accelerated GPU performance of the flagship product, this makes game performance a weakness in mid-range phones because it is too far from the flagship.
If you are a mobile game player, for high scores and operations, then the mid-end chip of 2019 will obviously not be considered.
In the mid-end chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series and the latest 670 series are comparable in performance to the old flagship, and the price is also affordable, which is the only set of graphics performance to catch up with the 2016 flagship chip. In addition, Samsung Exynos and MediaTek P series are still lagging behind in this regard.
In the past four years, the major mobile chip Antu rabbits run points
Fortunately, starting in 2018, most midrange SoCs are beginning to be equipped with more powerful CPU cores, significantly improving application performance. At the heart of the popular 2016 is the Cortex-A73, which is cost-effective and delivers huge performance gains. Nowadays, some chips are gradually turning to the more powerful Cortex-A75 and A76, which makes their performance catch up with the old flagship chip.
Back to the flagship chip, the upgrade of the ARM core has improved the performance of the CPU single core. Last year, the Cortex-A76 core made micro-architecture adjustments to compensate for the gap in notebook-level performance. So today's flagship chips, such as the Opteron 855 and Kirin 980, are fully capable of handling any content. Samsung's Exynos 9810 uses a different architecture (Mongoose), which makes it a top scorer in the 2018 benchmark test, but foreign media believe that although the running point is reversed compared to 2017, its daily performance is not so Great improvement.
The flagship SoC is really fast, but nothing but the game can be reflected
In the past two years, these chipsets have also led to a significant increase in graphics performance. In recent years, people have gradually moved from the PC side to the mobile side, thus pushing the performance upgrade of the mobile chip star. Compared to traditional casual games, games such as Jedi Survival and Fortress Night have higher performance requirements, and today's high-performance chips guarantee the fidelity and frame rate of graphics.
In the past four years, the major mobile chips 3DMark running points
Fortunately, although the mid-range chip does not have such excellent graphics processing capabilities, it can be guaranteed to reduce the quality of the game. Of course, there is still a big performance difference between the flagship chip and the mid-end chip, and I hope to solve this problem in the next generation of products. In addition, if you like to play games, do not choose Qualcomm 400 series, 630 or MediaTek Helio P series chips.
New mid-range has advantages. The new flagship is not so expensive.
Of course, benchmarks are not representative of all. Today's mid-range chips are based on a 10 nanometer process and support LPDDR4X RAM, which gives them a certain advantage even in comparison with the Snapdragon 835. In general, the best mid-range chips will be two to three years behind the flagship chip, which means that for 99% of applications, their performance is sufficient.
Aside from performance, the new mid-range chip has certain advantages over the old flagship chip, such as supporting the latest graphics API, improving energy efficiency and better adapting to the latest Android system. Of course, the latest mid-range smartphones will also have higher screens, more flexible cameras and larger batteries.
The flagship phone is getting better and better, and the performance is getting faster and faster, but the daily experience is not so obvious for consumers, especially after the mid-end chip shortens the gap. The only exception is the game, the flagship chip is clearly better, even the old flagship. If you have a limited budget and want a good experience on the game, look at the old flagship with a better graphics processor.
Of course, for most consumers, it is now possible to buy smart phones with great performance without spending a lot of money.