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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2018: Editor's Choice - Part 1

By Team HardwareZone - 21 Feb 2018

Best Mobile Chip

Best Mobile Chip 

Your mobile chip is the brains of your smartphone. Each system on a chip contains the processing cores, graphics processing unit, cache memory and all the other electronics necessary to provide mobile computing functions within a single physical package. But which mobile chip is the best?



  • Apple A11 Bionic (represented by Apple iPhone X)
  • Huawei Hi-Silicon Kirin 970 (represented by Huawei Mate 10 Pro)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (represented by many phones)
  • Samsung Exynos Octa 8895 (represented by Samsung Galaxy Note8)


And the winner is...

Apple A11 Bionic

For the second year in a row, Apple has the best mobile chip, and the hexa-core A11 inside the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X was easily the most powerful processor of the year. The A11 is also power efficient due to its four low-power, high-efficiency cores, which gives the iPhones great battery life despite their relatively small battery capacities. 

The A11is also the first Apple chip to include a dedicated "Neural Engine", which is what enables Apple's FaceID and Animoji features on the iPhone X. According to Apple, this neural network hardware is capable of performing up to 600 billion operations per second.



For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section at the end.

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