11 Best Smartphone Chipsets in the World in 2021

If you notice, currently in the mobile industry, the chipset is the main backbone of a smartphone. Because it's natural when a new smartphone is present, people will see what chipset is used in the smartphone. Are you one of those too?

It's natural to pay attention to the chipset first before deciding to buy a smartphone. The chipset is arguably the brain of a smartphone. If the brain is slow, it will certainly affect how the smartphone works.

Well, if you are really looking for a smartphone with the best chipset, you can choose a smartphone that is equipped with one of these 11 chipsets. This best determination is based on the Antutu value obtained by the device using the chipset. Although Antutu is not a complete benchmark, its value is often an indicator of the ability of a chipset and smartphone.

Here's the order of the best chipsets based on benchmark numbers from smartphones that use these chipsets.


1. Apple A14 Bionic

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The Apple A14 Bionic is the fastest chipset in the mobile industry. This chipset is built using a 5 nanometer (nm) fabrication process. With this technology, Apple can embed 11.8 billion transistors in a chipset. As a result, the performance of devices with this chipset has a higher increase of up to 40 percent compared to the A13 Bionic, which was built with 5 nm fabrication.

The Apple A14 Bionic is built with a six-core processor based on the ARMv8.5-A instruction set. The six processors in this chipset have 2 high-performance cores and 4 power-efficient cores. As for graphics processing, the A14 Bionic relies on a GPU that has four cores. Apple itself claims that the GPU capabilities on this chipset are 50 percent faster than the GPUs on high-end chips made by other manufacturers.

The chipset produced by TSMC has advantages in the Neural Engine processor sector, which can handle tasks related to artificial intelligence with 16 core support. There is also machine learning (ML) performance capability on this chipset, which has an 80 percent increase compared to the previous generation, A13 Bionic.

With these advantages, the Apple A14 Bionic outperforms chipsets from other manufacturers. Of course, this is also quite reasonable considering that Apple's chipset is optimal thanks to the support of the ecosystem that Apple has created. The Apple A14 Bionic itself is the "brain" of the iPhone 12 series and iPad Air 2020.


2. Apple A13 Bionic


The Apple A13 Bionic is built by TMSC with 7 nm N7P technology (second-generation 7 nm fabrication technology). This chipset contains more than 8.5 billion transistors, which, of course, makes this chipset have high performance but still save power.

The Apple A13 Bionic has six ARMv8.4-A-based core processors. Inside, there are two high-performance processors with a speed of 2.65 GHz called Lightning. While the other four processors are for power saving called Thunder.

When compared to the Apple A12 Bionic, the 2 performance processors in the Apple A13 Bionic are 20% faster and consume 30% less power. The four efficiency processors have 20 percent faster performance and 40% less power consumption than the efficiency processors in the Apple A12 Bionic.

The graphics performance of the Apple A13 Bionic is also higher, which is 20% faster and 40% more power-efficient than the Apple A12 Bionic. For this reason, iPhone phones that use the Apple A13 Bionic have very high performance but still save power.

The Apple A13 Bionic is used on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. The second-generation iPhone SE 2020 or iPhone SE also uses the Apple A13 Bionic chipset.


3. Exynos 2100

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The Exynos 2100 is the chipset that is the brain of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. This chipset is built on Samsung's own 5nm EUV fabrication process. This chipset offers better and more stable performance than the previous high-end Exynos.

The chipset that already supports 5G networks comes with eight cores divided into three clusters. The first is two Cortex-A78 processors with a speed of 2.8 GHz for performance needs, very fast. The second is one Cortex-X1 6 2.9 GHz processor for faster performance and four Cortex-A55 2.2 GHz, processors. For the graphics processor, there is the ARM Mali-G78 MP14, which is clearly better than the ARM Mali-G78 MP14 graphics processor.

The interesting thing about the Exynos 2100 is the support for an image processor with a resolution of up to 200MP. One amazing thing is that the Exynos 2100 is the first chipset to support 200 MP photos.


4. Exynos 1080


The Exynos 1080 is a chipset made by Samsung. This chipset is the brain of the Vivo X60 and X60 Pro, which are specifically sold for the Chinese market. Therefore, the Vivo X60 and X60 Pro, which officially entered Indonesia, do not use Exynos 1080.

This chipset is built on a 5nm EUV process which Samsung claims can boost single-core performance 50 percent higher than the previous generation. The multi-core performance of the Exynos 1080 is claimed to be twice as fast as its predecessor.

This Exynos 1080 has four cores with three clusters. The first is the 1 2.8 GHz Cortex-A78 processor for ultra-fast performance needs, the 2 2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 processors for fast performance and the 4 2.00 GHz Cortex-A55 processors for power saving. For the graphics processor, comes to the ARM Mali-G78 MP.

Inside the Exynos 1080 itself, there are NPU features that can process 5.7 TOPS, support for LPDDR5/LPDDR4x RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage. In addition, this chipset supports 4G and 5G. While the 4G network comes with 4G LTE Cat.18 network support with a downlink speed of 1.2 Gbps and an uplink of 200 Mbps.


5. Snapdragon 888

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The Snapdragon 888 5G is a chipset that offers fast performance in the Android ecosystem. This chipset was developed by Qualcomm with 5 nm fabrication technology. This chipset also supports 5G networks. Therefore, the 5G frill is in the name of this chipset.

Inside this chipset are three processor clusters. First, the Kryo 680 cluster consists of four cores with a speed of 1.8 GHz for power-efficient performance. The second cluster comes with three Kryo 680 cores clocked at 2.42 GHz for fast performance. And the Kryo 680 prime cluster with a single core of 2.84 GHz for faster performance.

With these specifications, mobile phones with Snapdragon 888 5G can produce Antutu 8 values of 700 thousand. However, this chipset does more than just offer performance. Other additional features make this chipset quite mature for use in high-end phones. One of them is the feature that supports shooting in low light, up to 0.1 Lux.

The Snapdragon 888 5G is also equipped with three image signal processors (ISP) at once, namely Qualcomm Spectra 580, which allows this processor to accommodate various tasks performed by smartphones up to 25 percent faster. In addition, the Snapdragon 888 5G already has modern features. Call it support for FastConnect 6900 6GHz, 4K QAM, and Bluetooth 5.2.

This Snapdragon 888 5G will be a fast chipset in 2021. Unfortunately, some phones have issues with the heat of the processor. However, this heat is not too bothersome.


6. Snapdragon 870


The Snapdragon 870 is a chipset made by Qualcomm that supports 5G networks and is widely used by high-end phones in 2021. In fact, there are affordable phones like the POCO F3 that offer this chipset.

The presence of this chipset is considered a step by Qualcomm so that manufacturers have an alternative to high-end chipsets in 2021 besides Snapdragon 888. The reason is that many think that Snapdragon 888 has too fast performance and makes the phone have a hot body.

That person's guess is also based on the fact that the Snapdragon 870 is basically the Snapdragon 865+ plus its capabilities.

Inside this Snapdragon 870 chipset, three processor clusters are embedded. First, the Kryo 585 cluster consists of four cores with a speed of 1.8 GHz for power-efficient performance. The second cluster comes with three Kryo 585 cores clocked at 2.42 GHz for fast performance. And the Kryo 585 prime cluster has a single-core clocked at 3.2 GHz for faster performance.

The difference, in this case, is only in the Kryo 585 prime cluster, which is 0.1 GHz higher than the Snapdragon 865+. On the other hand, the GPU and other features in it are similar to the Snapdragon 865+. The Snapdragon 870 itself is used in several phones that have good value. Another example is the Vivo X60 and X60 Pro.


7. Snapdragon 865+


The Snapdragon 865+ or Snapdragon 865 Plus, is a fast chipset. This is because this chipset is equipped with a processor with a high clock and a high GPU. This chipset is also equipped with various features that make its performance fast.

Inside this chipset are three processor clusters. First, the Kryo 585 cluster consists of four cores with a speed of 1.8 GHz for power-efficient performance. The second cluster comes with three cores clocked at 2.42 GHz for fast performance. And the Kryo 585 prime cluster has a single 3.1 GHz speedcore for faster performance.

The Snapdragon 865+ also has special features for playing movies. This feature is a feature for playing games up to 144 fps. There is also a True 10-bit HDR gaming feature. Judging by these features, it appears that this chipset is designed for special gaming phones. ASUS ROG III plans to use this chipset.


8. Kirin 9000

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The Kirin 9000 is a pioneer in presenting chipsets with 5 nm fabrication. This chipset made by Huawei is produced by TSMC and is arguably a limited production by TSMC in line with the enactment of the prohibition on the use of technology by Huawei by the United States government.

This is quite difficult for Huawei because some of the chipset manufacturing technologies are licensed or owned by US companies.

Apart from this, the Kirin 9000 is a fast chipset and can offer good performance through scores on several benchmarks. This chipset itself consists of eight cores which are divided into three clusters. The first cluster is three 2.54 GHz ARM Cortex-A77 cores for fast performance, the second cluster is a 3.13GHz single Cortex-A77 core for faster performance, and the third cluster is four 2.04 GHz Cortex-A55 cores for power saving.

While the graphics processor on this chipset is the Mali-G78 MP24 GPU. The Kirin 9000 is used in the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ phones.

The Kirin 9000 has a slightly lower version, the Kirin 9000E. This chipset has the same processor as the Kirin 9000. It's just that the graphics processor uses a Mali-G78 MP22 GPU, which is arguably slightly smaller than the Mali-G78 MP24 GPU. The Kirin 9000E is used in the standard version of the Huawei Mate 40. Both the Kirin 9000 and Kirin 9000E support 5G networks.


9. The Density 1200

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The Density 1200 is a chipset from Mediatek built with a 6m fabrication process. This chipset was introduced at the same time as the Dimensity 1100, which can be said to have capabilities that are not much different. Mediatek itself claims that these two chipsets have 22 percent stronger performance and up to 25 percent better power efficiency than the Density 1000 series.

The Density 1200 itself is a chipset with eight cores divided into three clusters. The first cluster is three 2.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A78 cores for fast performance, the second cluster is one 3 GHz ARM Cortex-A78 core for faster performance, and the third cluster is four 2 GHz ARM Cortex-A55 cores for power saving. The graphics processor on this chipset is the ARM Mali-G77 MC9.

The surprising thing is that this chipset is claimed by Mediatek to have the ability to process photos and videos with better quality than the iPhone 12 line. The Density 1200 is already used in the Redmi K40 Gaming and the realme GT Neo Flash.


10. The Density 1100


The Density 1100 is a version that has almost the same performance as The Density 1100. It's just that, in terms of benchmarks, The Dimensity 1100 loses to the Density 1200. However, the difference in numbers is actually not that big.

The Density 1100 comes with a 6 nm fabrication. This chipset comes in two clusters, namely 4x Core Cortex-A78 running at 2.6GHz and 4x Core Cortex A55 running at 2.0GHz. Unlike the Dimensity 1200, which has three clusters. While the GPU processor used is similar, namely the ARM Mali-G77 MC9.

The interesting thing is that the Density 1100 has support for 144 Hz screens and camera sensors up to 108 MP. There are already several phones in the Chinese market that use the Density 1100, namely the Vivo S9 and the Realme Q3 Pro.

That's the explanation of the list of the best chipsets in the mobile industry. If you are really looking for a fast and classy cellphone, it's really a good idea to look for a cellphone with one of the chipsets from the list.


11. Whitechapel

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The Pixel 6 series will most likely be released in October and, from leaked information circulating, the phone is reportedly going to use Google's chipset with the codename Whitechapel. This chipset can be realized thanks to the help of Samsung, where rumors are that this chip has an 8-core CPU consisting of 2x cortex A78, 2x cortex A76, and 4x Cortex A55. The GPU that Google will use is a Mali GPU with a "borr" architecture. This is a new architecture that has not been introduced until now.

This chipset is believed to use a 5nm architecture with performance similar to the Snapdragon 870. This chipset will likely not focus too much on performance, but rather on aspects of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Not only is the CPU performance satisfactory, but the results of the Mali GPU graphics test with the "borr" architecture on this chipset are also quite good even though they are tested under various conditions.

This phone most likely has dimensions of 158.6mm x 74.8mm x 8.9mm, a 6.4-inch screen with Full HD + resolution for the regular variant and QHD + for the pro variant, an under-display fingerprint sensor, and one thing that is quite unfortunate about the Pixel 6. The series will not be equipped with dual front-facing speakers.

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