When will these Android phonemakers go beyond 1.3 GHz processors?

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In layman’s language, processor clock speed is the maximum speed that the engine of a phone can run. Have you noticed the new love of 1.3 GHz processors by certain phonemakers? It has gotten to the point where whenever I read of an upcoming smartphone from a group of phonemakers, I am almost dead sure that it will be powered by a processor clocked at 1.3 GHz.

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What is even more disappointing is when a flagship device also gets clocked same as budget units from same manufacturer and the competition. Something is just wrong with that. We expect more power from a flagship than from a N19,000 budget smartphone. Have a look:

TECNO Phantom 5. TECNO Camon C8.

Innjoo 2. Innjoo Max 2. Innjoo Max 2 Plus.

Infinix Note 2 LTE. Infinix Hot 2.

Yes; the budget Hot 2 is clocked same as the flagship Note 2 LTE, with the difference being that the former is quad-core and the latter octa-core. And there are more examples, but you get the point.

It doesn’t matter how many cores the processor has, it gets clocked at 1.3 GHz. Yes; I know that processor speed isn’t all there is to making smartphones run smooth. Yes; I know that the low clock speed helps deliver longer battery performance. Still…., not 1.3 GHz every time. Sometimes, 1.7 GHz. Or 2.0 GHz. We have some other brands delivering superb battery life with processors clocked at 2.5 GHz. So, what is this obsession with 1.3 GHz?

Whatever enchantress has bewitched these phonemakers with top processor speed of 1.3 GHz needs to be bound hand and foot, and cast into the abyss. When will these Android smartphone brands leave 1.3 GHz processors behind?

7 comments

  1. All of these devices have one thing in common;Mediatek Chipsets,mostly the mid end MT6753 and other less capable CPUs like the MT6735 series all clocked at a max 1.3-1.5 Ghz,Mediatek being notorious in the use of lesser clock speed in their mid to low end Chipsets for cost savings among other reasons,until these manufacturers are ready to go truely premium with the high end MT6795,(am looking at you Phantom 5),clocked at a max 2.2 Ghz such high clock speeds cannot be achieved for obvious reasons..

  2. Notice what all the devices have in common – they’re not Huawei, ZTE or Samsung. All unique to emerging markets.

    It would have been helpful if you had approached the respective manufacturers and asked them “why?” I’m sure the responses would have been interesting.

  3. Noni,

    You want me to go on a wild goose chase? I’ve asked simpler questions from some of these OEMs and got no meaningful response. But…hollup! I could still ask and publish responses as a comedy skit.

  4. Yo Mo – methinks a lack of response is telling. Seems to me these guys aren’t interested in positive PR and just there to make money. That’s an alert right there.

    Please ask, and you’ll probably find out how little they know about their own product!



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