The past year was all about several smartphones competing with each other for the best possible offering in terms of specs and features? Every smartphone player worked hard to up their game and accordingly, one of the most important specifications, the processor, came into the limelight. People were vying to beat each other and so, as an improvement on dual cores, the latest smartphones started coming out with quad core processors. However, today, with people obsessed with more power and speed, even quad core doesn’t seem to be enough, as several brands are competing with each other to release octa core powered handsets. So, while the battle of the cores seems to be never ending, users are confused. Is an octa core device really better than a quad core one? How can one decide on which device to put his money?
The answer isn’t as obvious as one may think because as several smartphone reviews will tell you, more isn’t always better. Going by the plain math that is visible, users may feel that an octa core processor is bound to better than, or maybe even twice as good as a quad core processor. It is high time that this myth needs to be debunked. A quad core chipset has four cores, where in case of heavy activities like HD movie streaming, all four cores can be activated and can jump into action so that your user experience isn’t interrupted. However, when it comes to an octa core chipset, are basically a dual set of quad core processors, where each set is assigned toward fulfilling a special task, so that unless that task takes place, four cores are not in action. Hence, when more heavy lifting is required, only then will your second set of quad core muscle come into play.
In essence, octa cores may not be faster than quad cores all the time but due to the efficient spacing out of the device’s workings, they end up being more efficient. One fact that several people do not know that a better and more efficient processor and chipset will help to prolong the battery life, a complain that is rampant among many of the latest smartphones. Hence, as smartphone makers are working day in and day out to help come up with a device that is efficient in its power consumption, while also aiding in prolonging battery life, octa core answers the million dollar questions by offering a solution to both these major problems of speed and battery life.
Nowadays, purely for the sake of achieving more efficiency, several companies are working hard to produce chipsets that are specifically ‘optimised’ for the handset they sell. For example, Samsung came up with its own Exynos chipset, which may not have been anything new in terms of design or features but it was specially designed for its own handset, so that it worked better and smoother. Thus, the answer doesn’t always lie in cores but as smartphone reviews will tell you, more so lies in the optimisation and personalisation of processors and chipsets for specific handsets.