Best Mobile Processor | Smartphone Processors Ranking 2018

The processor or the SOC is unarguably one of the most important components of a smartphone. The performance of the processor directly correlates with the phone’s speed and user experience.

A phone with a fast processor will open all your favorite apps in a blink of an eye and your tasks will be done in no time. But a phone with a weak processor will result in bad user experience and may cause issues such as overheating and lagging. And for mobile gamers, the SOC is the most essential part of the phone.

To test and rank processors, Tech Centurion has developed Centurion Mark which evaluates the performance of a processor.

Centurion Mark is a lot more than just raw benchmark.

Centurion Mark not only considers the raw benchmarks but also takes real-world performance into account. This not only makes it highly accurate, but it makes it easy for consumers to understand a phone’s performance with going much into technical details.

As of November 2018, the best mobile processor is Apple A12 Bionic which powers the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. Among Android devices, the HiSilicon Kirin 980 is currently the best processor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is the 2nd best processor for Android devices after the Kirin 980. The upcoming Snapdragon 855 is likely to take either the 2nd position or the 3rd after its launch.

    Smartphone Processors Ranking

RankProcessor NamePhoneCenturion Mark
#1Apple A12 BioniciPhone XS Max145
#2Kirin 980Huawei Mate 20 Pro138
#3Apple A11 BioniciPhone X130
#4Snapdragon 845OnePlus 6T127
#5Exynos 9810Samsung Galaxy Note 9125
#6Kirin 970Huawei Mate 10 Pro121
#7Apple A10 FusioniPhone 7 Plus118
#8Snapdragon 835Google Pixel 2 XL117
#9Exynos 8895Samsung Galaxy S8+114
#10Snapdragon 710Xiaomi Mi 8 SE113
#11Snapdragon 670Oppo R17111
#12Helio X30Meizu Pro 7 Plus109
#13Apple A9iPhone 6S Plus109
#14Snapdragon 821OnePlus 3T108
#15Snapdragon 820LG G5107
#16Exynos 8890Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge106
#17Kirin 960Huawei Mate 9 Pro103
#18Exynos 9610102*
#19Snapdragon 660Xiaomi Mi A2101
#20Helio P7099*
#21Helio P60Realme 198
#22Exynos 7885Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)98
#23Kirin 710Huawei Honor 8X98
#24Snapdragon 636Nokia X697
#25Snapdragon 632Meizu Note 892
#26Kirin 955Huawei Honor V889
#27Snapdragon 630Motorola Moto X488
#28Kirin 950Huawei Mate 888
#29Exynos 7872Meizu M6s87
#30Helio X27UMIDIGI Z Pro85
#31Exynos 7420Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge81
#32Snapdragon 810OnePlus 280
#33Helio P30Gionee M780
#34Helio X23Lenovo K8 Note79
#35Helio P23OPPO F579
#36Helio X25Meizu Pro 677
#37Exynos 7880Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)77
#38Helio X20Sharp Z275
#39Helio P25Gionee A1 Plus75
#40Snapdragon 653Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro74
#41Helio P20Sony Xperia XA174
#42Apple A8iPhone 6 Plus74
#43Snapdragon 626Motorola Moto Z2 Play72
#44Snapdragon 625Xiaomi Mi A171
#45Helio P22Xiaomi Redmi 671
#46Kirin 659Huawei Honor 7X71
#47Kirin 658Huawei P10 Lite71
#48Snapdragon 650Redmi Note 3 Pro70
#49Snapdragon 439Vivo Y9370
#50Kirin 655Huawei Honor 6X70
#51Kirin 650Huawei Honor 5C70
#52Snapdragon 652Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro69
#53Snapdragon 450Motorola Moto G669
#54Snapdragon 808Nexus 5X68
#55Helio A22Xiaomi Redmi 6A68
#56Exynos 7870Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)67
#57Kirin 935Huawei Honor 766
#58Kirin 930Huawei P865
#59Apple A7iPhone 5s65
#60Exynos 5433Samsung Galaxy Note 461
#61Helio P18Nokia 5.161
#62Helio P10ZTE Nubia N159
#63Snapdragon 435Moto E5 Plus59
#64Helio X10HTC One E959
#65Exynos 7580Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)58
#66Snapdragon 430Xiaomi Redmi 3s57
#67Snapdragon 617Motorola Moto G4 Plus55
#68Exynos 7570Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime53
#69Snapdragon 616Huawei Honor 7i52
#70Snapdragon 615Lenovo Vibe P151
#71MT6750TOppo F351
#72Snapdragon 427Moto G6 Play50
#73MT6739HTC Desire 1250
#74Snapdragon 425Nokia 2.149
#75MT6738Alcatel A30 Fierce49
#76MT6753Lenovo K4 Note49
#77MT6752Lenovo K3 Note48
#78MT6750Oppo F1s48
#79Snapdragon 415Lenovo Vibe K547
#80Kirin 620Huawei P8 Lite47
#81Snapdragon 412BQ Aquaris X546
#82MT6737TSamsung Galaxy J2 Prime46
#83Snapdragon 410Xiaomi Redmi 245
#84MT6737Moto E4 Plus45
#85MT6735Meizu M242
#86MT6732Acer Liquid Jade Z41

*The performance of these processors is estimated based on the knowledge and testing of existing processors. These scores may change once the phones based on these SOCs are launched.

How to make use of this data?

Processors having the same or a close score can be considered as equivalent or similar in performance. This can help you to determine which processor from a particular brand (Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos, Huawei HiSilicon, MediaTek, and Apple) is equivalent or comparable to the other.

Above 110

The processors that scored above 110 is Centurion Mark deliver excellent performance in Gaming as well as Heavy usage. Selecting a phone with a processor from this category is highly recommended for the best user experience.

Between 85-110

Great performance is General use as well as gaming. If you’re buying a mid-range phone then you should target this range.

Between 65-85

In this range, performance is just above average. But you’re unlikely to observe any lags or any other significant issues. But some older chips like Snapdragon 810 having poor thermal performance might also fall into this category. If you have a low budget, try to get a phone that fits in this category.

Between 55-65

The general performance of these chips is below average but it is acceptable in the lower end phones. These can suffer from occasional lags as well as throttling issues.

Below 55

The performance of these chips is below par and should be avoided unless you’re buying an extremely cheap phone with a budget lower than $100.

    Centurion Mark and its Significance

We not only test the raw performance but also check whether it is as good as per its specification. When a processor suffers from throttling/overheating on extended usage or lags frequently during general use or gaming, we deduct its score. But when a processor actually performs better than expected, we increase its score.

Adding the User Experience section is essential to prevent the high dependency on the raw performance scores. The scores are unbiased and we do not favor any particular brand or processor. We also do not accept sponsored reviews by smartphone manufacturers.

Centurion Mark

By giving almost the equal weight to the Real-World Performance as the Raw score, Centurion Mark is one of the most accurate ways to judge the performance of a SOC. Here are some of the major factors that influence the Centurion Mark.

Parameters that Influence Centurion Mark

There are more than 20 parameters on which we judge a processor’s performance. But the most significant ones are:

  • User Experience
  • Real-World Performance
  • Raw CPU Performance
  • Raw GPU Performance
  • Features and Technologies Present

Things to Note

Processors made by Apple use a completely different OS and the full specification of the SOC is never released by Apple publicly like the other brands. So, there is no way to know whether an Apple Processor will perform that well when running the Android OS. Thus, even though the raw performance of an Apple’s chip seems unbelievably good, there’s no way to know if its actually because iOS is well-optimized or the SOC is way too powerful. That’s why the Centurion Mark of Apple Processors is determined in a slightly different way and there’s a possibility of an error between 0 to 5 points. But still, it is worth noting that Apple Processors are ‘top-notch’ and the A12 Bionic is the best mobile processor as of now.

Because we determine Centurion Mark based on over 20 different parameters, one SOC with a better CPU but a weaker GPU can have the same Centurion Mark as another SOC with a weaker CPU but a better GPU. Thus, make sure to look at our GPU Benchmarks to find out which SOC has a better Graphics Processor. You are also free to ask any questions in the comment section or message us on our social media pages.

Custom UIs or skins may also affect the user experience of a device. UIs such as Samsung Experience, MIUI, and EMUI may improve or degrade the experience when compared to Stock Android. We do not take this factor into consideration. You can always flash a Custom ROM to improve the experience.

These scores may change whenever we improve our algorithm and/or benchmarking technique.

    Best Processors in Each Price Segment

This list contains the best processors in each price segment. Depending on your budget, try to get a phone with one of the best processors available.

Flagship

Best Mobile Processor

High-End

Best High-End Processors

Mid-Range

Best Mid-Range Processors

Budget

Best Budget Mobile Processors

    Final Words

I hope this list helps anyone looking to purchase a new smartphone. I’ll constantly be updating the list as new devices launch. If you have questions on why a particular SOC is better, feel free to ask in the comments. I’ll get back to you as early as possible.

How much priority should you give to Centurion Mark?

Centurion Mark covers three major aspects of a phone: General Performance, User Experience, and Gaming. A general consumer should give the highest priority to Centurion Mark followed by the aspect that matters the most to you (Camera/Battery/Design/UI).

A review of that particular smartphone will always give a better idea than just the benchmarks. So, you shouldn’t only be dependent on Centurion Mark to know about the performance of a particular phone. It’s not always about choosing a phone with the best mobile processor, but the one that fulfills all your needs.




Kashish Kumawat is a Computer Engineer and a Tech Enthusiast. He is the Founder of Tech Centurion. He reviews Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, and Gaming Hardware. Kashish Kumawat has an experience of over 3 years in this field and likes to be up to date with the latest technology trends and consumer electronics. He believes in writing unbiased reviews to help consumers buy the right products. To contact Kashish, visit the Contact Page.

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