In the world of computing – desktop, laptop, mobile and others – a processor can be likened to the engine of the device in question. Smartphone processors work to run the devices. The more powerful the processor of your smartphone or PC, generally speaking, the faster it runs and the heavier the tasks it can carry out.
How smartphone Processors And Cores
You must have heard of single-core, dual-core and others. If you have ever wondered how they work, we bring you the breakdown.
A single-core processor has only one actual central processing unit (CPU). This unit is called a core.
A dual-core processor is a single computing component (a “chip”) with two independent actual central processing units (“cores”).
A quad-core processor is a single computing component with four independent actual central processing units (“cores”).
An octa-core processor is a single computing component with eight independent actual central processing units (“cores”).
There are also smartphones with 6 core processors = hexa-core. If/when they arrive, 10 cores = deca-core.
How smartphone Processors Work
The more cores a processor has, the more efficient it runs. This is because with multiple cores, different tasks on your PC or phone are distributed among the cores. Multiple core processors can help cut down on battery consumption and also help your phone or PC run smoother and handle heavier tasks.
Multiple cores help the most when you need to do more things at the same time on your phone or PC. This is called multitasking. In multiple core processors, each core is independent of the other. During light usage, only one core may run, and then when you switch to heavier usage, more cores kick in to help handle the load.
Doubling processor cores does not produce twice the speed. A quad-core processor won’t run your phone twice as fast as a dual-core processor. Multiple cores do not mean total speeds in multiples of the speed rating. For example, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor does not run at a top speed of 2.4GHz. It means that both cores run at 1.2GHz each for handling different tasks.
Apart from number of cores, though, processors are also rated by speed e.g. 1.3GHz, 1.7GHz, 2.0GHz. The higher the figure, the faster the core and the processor. A 1.7GHz single-core processor is more powerful and faster than a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, but the latter will provide better performance in usage scenarios involving running multiple tasks at the same time because it has more cores available to handle those tasks more efficiently.
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