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 wins this category for the third year in a row with the A12 Bionic inside the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR easily the most powerful processor of the year.
The A12 Bionic packs a hexa-core CPU (two performance cores + four efficiency cores), a quad-core GPU, as well as a ‘next-generation’ octa-core neural engine (up from dual-core on last year's A11 Bionic) that handles all the machine learning and AI tasks. The added power of that neural engine allowed it to process 5 trillion operations per second, a huge leap compared to the A11 Bionic’s 600 billion.
For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section at the end.