Best Mobile Processor Ranking List 2021

Are you looking for the rankings of mobile processors? Or do you want to make sure that your next smartphone has the best processor?

Then, you’ve arrived at the right place.

A smartphone’s processor is unarguably one of the most important components. The performance of the processor directly impacts the phone’s speed, gaming performance, user experience, and battery efficiency.

A mobile phone with a fast processor will open all your favorite apps in a blink of an eye and your task will be done in no time. But a phone with a weaker processor will result in a bad user experience and may cause issues such as overheating, lag, and poor battery life (despite it having a higher battery capacity).

It also plays a huge role in gaming performance as the GPU is also integrated into the chip itself. This is why the proper term for a mobile chip is SOC (System-on-chip).

To test and rank processors, Tech Centurion has developed Centurion Mark which evaluates the performance of a processor. Centurion Mark evaluates the CPU performance, Gaming Performance, and battery efficiency of a chip based on real-world usage and we combine all that data to assign a score to every SOC.

We also have a separate article for gaming performance which you can check out here: Mobile GPU Rankings.

Centurion Mark is a lot more than just raw benchmark. We also take the real-world performance into account while ranking the SOCs.

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 without going much into technical details.

As of December 2020, the best mobile processor is Apple A14 Bionic which powers iPhone 12 Lineup. The second best processor is Snapdragon 888 followed by Samsung Exynos 2100, A13 Bionic, and Kirin 9000.

Next up, we have Exynos 1080, Kirin 9000E, Snapdragon 870/865+, and MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and 1100. The Apple A12 Bionic is the 14th best SOC and it is slightly better than Snapdragon 855+.

If you’re also looking for the ranking Desktop & Laptop CPUs from Intel & AMD, check out this article.

    Best Mobile Processor List

Here’s the list of Top 30 Smartphone Processors as of January 2021.

Best Mobile Processor January 2021

The iPhone 12’s A14 Bionic chip wins the competition as it has the highest performing CPU (Both in Single-Core and Multi-Core tasks) and the fastest GPU. It is also the most power-efficient chip because it is the first mainstream product to be fabricated on TSMC’s 5 nm Process.

Kirin 9000 is also fabricated on TSMC’s 5nm Process while the Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 1080 are manufactured using Samsung’s 5nm Process.

Here’s the table that has the ranking of all the processors alongside the Centurion Mark.

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Rank Processor Name Phone Centurion Mark
#1 Apple A14 Bionic Apple iPhone 12 165
#2 Snapdragon 888 Samsung Galaxy S21 (US) 158
#3 Exynos 2100 Samsung Galaxy S21 (Global) 156
#4 Apple A13 Bionic Apple iPhone 11 154
#5 Kirin 9000 Huawei Mate 40 Pro 152
#6 Kirin 9000E Huawei Mate 40 151
#7 Exynos 1080 Vivo X60 Pro 151
#8 Snapdragon 870 151*
#9 Snapdragon 865+ Asus ROG Phone 3 150
#10 Dimensity 1200 150*
#11 Snapdragon 865 OnePlus 8 149
#12 Dimensity 1100 149*
#13 Dimensity 1000+ Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra 146
#14 Apple A12 Bionic iPhone XS Max 146
#15 Dimensity 1000 146*
#16 Snapdragon 855+ Asus ROG Phone II 145
#17 Exynos 990 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 144
#18 Snapdragon 855 OnePlus 7 Pro 144
#19 Kirin 990 5G Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G 144
#20 Kirin 990 4G Huawei Mate 30 Pro 4G 143
#21 Kirin 990E 5G Huawei Mate 30E Pro 5G 143
#22 Exynos 9825 Galaxy Note 10+ 142
#23 Exynos 9820 Samsung Galaxy S10 140
#24 Dimensity 1000L Oppo Reno3 5G 140
#25 Kirin 985 5G Huawei Honor 30 139
#26 Kirin 980 Huawei Mate 20 Pro 137
#27 Dimensity 1000C T-Mobile LG Velvet 5G 137
#28 Snapdragon 768G Redmi K30 5G Racing 136
#29 Dimensity 820 Redmi 10X Pro 5G 136
#30 Exynos 980 Samsung Galaxy A71 5G 135
#31 Snapdragon 765G Oppo Reno 3 Vitality 134
#32 Dimensity 800U Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 134
#33 Exynos 880 Vivo Y70s 134
#34 Snapdragon 765 Motorola One 5G 133
#35 Dimensity 800 Honor Play 4 132
#36 Snapdragon 750G Motorola Moto G 5G 132
#37 Snapdragon 690 OnePlus Nord N10 5G 131
#38 Dimensity 720 Realme v3 131
#39 Apple A11 Bionic iPhone X 130
#40 Snapdragon 845 OnePlus 6T 127
#41 Exynos 9810 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 125
#42 Snapdragon 732G Poco X3 125
#43 Snapdragon 730G Oppo Reno 2 124
#44 Kirin 810 Honor 9X 124
#45 Snapdragon 730 Redmi K20 123
#46 Snapdragon 720G Realme 6 Pro 123
#47 Snapdragon 480 Vivo Y31s 122
#48 Kirin 970 Huawei Mate 10 Pro 121
#49 Helio G95 Realme 7 120
#50 Helio G90T Redmi Note 8 Pro 119
#51 Apple A10 Fusion iPhone 7 Plus 118
#52 Helio G90 118*
#53 Snapdragon 835 Google Pixel 2 XL 117
#54 Exynos 8895 Samsung Galaxy S8+ 114
#55 Snapdragon 712 Vivo Z5 114
#56 Snapdragon 710 Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 113
#57 Snapdragon 678 113*
#58 Snapdragon 675 Redmi Note 7 Pro 112
#59 Snapdragon 670 Oppo R17 111
#60 Helio P95 Oppo Reno 3 Pro 4G 111
#61 Helio P90 OPPO Reno Z 110
#62 Helio X30 Meizu Pro 7 Plus 109
#63 Apple A9 iPhone 6S Plus 109
#64 Snapdragon 821 OnePlus 3T 108
#65 Snapdragon 820 LG G5 107
#66 Helio G85 Redmi Note 9 107
#67 Exynos 8890 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 106
#68 Helio G80 Redmi 9 106
#69 Helio G70 Realme C3 105
#70 Helio P65 Vivo S1 105
#71 Kirin 960 Huawei Mate 9 Pro 103
#72 Exynos 9611 Samsung Galaxy M30s 103
#73 Exynos 9610 Samsung A50 102
#74 Snapdragon 660 Xiaomi Mi A2 101
#75 Exynos 9609 Moto One Vision 101
#76 Snapdragon 665 Redmi Note 8 101
#77 Snapdragon 662 Moto G9 101
#78 Helio P70 Realme U1 99
#79 Snapdragon 460 Moto E7 Plus 99
#80 Helio P60 Realme 1 98
#81 Exynos 7885 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) 98
#82 Kirin 710 Huawei Honor 8X 98
#83 Snapdragon 636 Nokia X6 97
#84 Exynos 7904 Galaxy M20 96
#85 Exynos 850 Samsung Galaxy A21s 96
#86 Snapdragon 632 Meizu Note 8 92
#87 Exynos 7884 Samsung Galaxy A20 92
#88 Exynos 7884A Samsung Galaxy J3 Orbit 91
#89 Kirin 955 Huawei Honor V8 89
#90 Snapdragon 630 Motorola Moto X4 88
#91 Kirin 950 Huawei Mate 8 88
#92 Exynos 7872 Meizu M6s 87
#93 Helio X27 UMIDIGI Z Pro 85
#94 Exynos 7420 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 81
#95 Helio P35 Infinix Note 6 81
#96 Helio G35 Realme C11 81
#97 Snapdragon 810 OnePlus 2 80
#98 Helio P30 Gionee M7 80
#99 Helio G25 Redmi 9A 80
#100 Helio X23  Lenovo K8 Note 79
#101 Helio P23 OPPO F5 79
#102 Helio A25 Infinix Smart 4 Plus 78
#103 Helio X25 Meizu Pro 6 77
#104 Exynos 7880 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 77
#105 Helio X20 Sharp Z2 75
#106 Helio P25  Gionee A1 Plus 75
#107 Snapdragon 653 Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro 74
#108 Helio P20 Sony Xperia XA1 74
#109 Apple A8 iPhone 6 Plus 74
#110 Snapdragon 626 Motorola Moto Z2 Play 72
#111 Snapdragon 625 Xiaomi Mi A1 71
#112 Kirin 659 Huawei Honor 7X 71
#113 Kirin 658 Huawei P10 Lite 71
#114 Snapdragon 650 Redmi Note 3 Pro 70
#115 Kirin 655 Huawei Honor 6X 70
#116 Kirin 650 Huawei Honor 5C 70
#117 Snapdragon 439 Vivo Y93 69
#118 Helio P22  Xiaomi Redmi 6 69
#119 Snapdragon 652 Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 69
#120 Snapdragon 450 Motorola Moto G6 69
#121 Snapdragon 808 Nexus 5X 68
#122 Exynos 7870 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 67
#123 Helio A22 Xiaomi Redmi 6A 66
#124 Kirin 935 Huawei Honor 7 66
#125 Kirin 930 Huawei P8 65
#126 Apple A7 iPhone 5s 65
#127 Snapdragon 429 Nokia 3.2 65
#128 Helio A20 Ulefone Armor X7 63
#129 Exynos 5433 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 61
#130 Helio P18 Nokia 5.1 61
#131 Helio P10  ZTE Nubia N1 59
#132 Snapdragon 435 Moto E5 Plus 59
#133 Helio X10 HTC One E9 59
#134 Exynos 7580 Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) 58
#135 Snapdragon 430 Xiaomi Redmi 3s 57
#136 Snapdragon 617 Motorola Moto G4 Plus 55
#137 Exynos 7570 Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime 53
#138 Snapdragon 616 Huawei Honor 7i 52
#139 Snapdragon 615 Lenovo Vibe P1 51
#140 MT6750T Oppo F3 51
#141 Snapdragon 427 Moto G6 Play 50
#142 MT6739 HTC Desire 12 50
#143 Snapdragon 425 Nokia 2.1 49
#144 MT6738 Alcatel A30 Fierce 49
#145 MT6753 Lenovo K4 Note 49
#146 MT6752 Lenovo K3 Note 48
#147 MT6750 Oppo F1s 48
#148 Qualcomm 215 LG K22 48
#149 Snapdragon 415 Lenovo Vibe K5 47
#150 Kirin 620 Huawei P8 Lite 47
#151 Snapdragon 412 BQ Aquaris X5 46
#152 MT6737T Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime 46
#153 Snapdragon 410 Xiaomi Redmi 2 45
#154 MT6737 Moto E4 Plus 45
#155 MT6735 Meizu M2 42
#156 MT6732 Acer Liquid Jade Z 41

*The performance of processors marked with a star is estimated based on their specification, leaked benchmarks, speculation, and the data gained during the testing of previous-gen processors. These scores may change once we have tested phones based on these SOCs.

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 data 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 125

The processors that scored above 125 in 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 100-125

High performance is General use as well as gaming. If you’re buying a mid-range phone, then you should pick a phone whose chipset falls in this range.

Between 70-100

In this range, performance is above average. But you’re unlikely to observe any lagging or other 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 55-70

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 you should avoid them unless you’re buying an extremely low-end phone whose price is below $100.

    Snapdragon 865 vs A13 Bionic vs Kirin 990 vs Exynos 990

I understand that a single-digit score doesn’t tell the whole story. Therefore, here’s a detailed ranking of the current generation flagship SOCs in different aspects.

CPU Performance
  1. Apple A13 Bionic
  2. Snapdragon 865
  3. Exynos 990
  4. Kirin 990

In Single-Threaded CPU performance, A13 Bionic is far ahead of the rest of the chips. But in the Multi-Core test, the performance of all the four CPUs is quite similar.

GPU Performance
  1. Apple A13 Bionic
  2. Snapdragon 865
  3. Exynos 990
  4. Kirin 990

Apple’s A13 Bionic continues to dominate the GPU performance while Snapdragon 865 is also very close. Next comes the Exynos 990 while Kirin 990 is at the last.

AI Performance
  1. Kirin 990
  2. Snapdragon 865
  3. Apple A13 Bionic
  4. Exynos 990

In AI-related computation, Kirin 990 takes the crown followed by Snapdragon 865.

Fabrication Node
  1. Kirin 990 
  2. Exynos 990
  3. Snapdragon 865 & Apple A13 Bionic

Kirin 990 5G variant is fabricated using TSMC’s 7nm+ EUV process which is superior than the rest. Exynos 990 uses Samsung’s 7nm EUV process while Snapdragon 865 & A13 Bionic are fabricated using TSMC’s 7nm (N7P) Process. TSMC’s 7nm+ (N7+) Process has higher transistor density & power efficiency when compared to the rest as you can see in this article.

Modem
  1. Snapdragon 865 & Kirin 990
  2. Exynos 990
  3. Apple A13 Bionic

The above rankings depend on Networking Technologies, Internet Speeds, and Features. Apple A13 Bionic is the only chip here that does not support 5G.

User Experience
  1. Apple A13 Bionic
  2. Snapdragon 865
  3. Exynos 990
  4. Kirin 990

We rate user experience by evaluating the performance in day-to-day usage. All the four SOCs are pretty close in this segment.

    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 performs better than expected, we make sure to give it higher points.

Adding the User Experience section is essential to remove 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 a smartphone or semiconductor manufacturer.

Centurion Mark

By giving almost 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 significant 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 (Gaming, Social Media, Browsing, Battery Efficiency, and general phone usage)
  • Raw CPU Performance
  • Raw GPU Performance
  • Features and Technologies

Things to Note

Processors made by Apple run on a completely different OS and Apple doesn’t reveal the full specification. There is no real way to determine whether an Apple Processor will perform the same when running another OS such as Android. There’s also a difference in APIs, Kernal, and Programming Language. Even though the raw performance of an Apple chip seems unbelievably good, the performance difference in the real-world is not significant. Lastly, the sustained performance of Apple chips isn’t as good as Qualcomm chips.

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%. But still, it is worth noting that Apple Processors are top-notch and the A13 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 change our algorithm and benchmarking process.

    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 Flagship Mobile Processor

High-End

Top High-end Smartphone SOCs

Mid-Range

Best Mid-range Mobile Chips

Low-Budget

Best Budget Processors

    Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Which is the best chipset?
Answer: Apple A14 Bionic is currently the best Mobile Chipset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 comes next, and it is followed by Kirin 9000, A13 Bionic, and Kirin 9000E. Next, we have the Exynos 1080 and Snapdragon 865+ chipsets.

Question: Which is the best processor for smartphones?
Answer: For Apple iPhones, A14 Bionic is the best processor, and for Android smartphones, Snapdragon 888 is the best processor. While both these Processors have exceptional gaming and Multi-Threaded Performance, the A14 Bionic leads in Single-Core Performance.

Question: What is the fastest smartphone?
Answer: iPhone 12 is the fastest phone in the world. Among Android phones, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Asus ROG Phone III, and OnePlus 8 Pro are the fastest.

Question: Which is better processor Kirin or snapdragon?
Answer: Processors from both Kirin and Snapdragon are excellent, but if we compare their top Processors, the Snapdragon 888 outperforms Kirin 9000 by a significant margin. The major performance difference is because most Snapdragon chips have a better GPU compared to that of Kirin.

Question: Which mobile processor is best in 2020?
Answer: The iPhone 12’s Apple A14 Bionic is the fastest processor in 2020. It is fabricated using TSMC’s 5nm Technology and has made improvements in multiple dimensions.

Question: Which chipset is best MediaTek or snapdragon?
Answer: Most of the top Snapdragon processors outperform their MediaTek alternatives, and so does their flagship chipsets. The Snapdragon 865+ is slightly better than MediaTek Dimensity 1000+. A huge contributing factor to this difference is that Qualcomm’s Adreno GPUs are comparatively better than that of MediaTek Mali GPUs.

    Final Words

I hope this list helps anyone looking to purchase a new smartphone. I’ll constantly be updating the list of best mobile processors 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 significant aspects of a phone: General Performance, User Experience, and Gaming. A general consumer should give a high priority to Centurion Mark, followed by the factor that matters the most to you (Camera/Battery/Features/Design/UI).

An in-depth review of a particular smartphone will always give a better idea than just benchmarks. So, you shouldn’t only consider the Centurion Mark to judge a phone. It’s not always about choosing a phone with the best mobile processor, but the one that fulfills all your requirements.




111 thoughts on “Best Mobile Processor Ranking List 2021”

  1. This has been the most useful list in the internet for me and I have used it so many times.

    Would it be too much to ask if you could include SD600, SD800, SD801, SD805, E5410, E5420 and E5430 or atleast some of them? Or just give some rough estimate about their scores here in comments?

    Thanks for your effort to maintain this list, keep up the good work!

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  2. Hi,
    I would like your comment on the change of chipset for the Planet Astro Slide.

    The initial plan was to use a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 processor with 6 GB of RAM and that it will now be a MediaTek Dimensity 800 processor with 8 GB of RAM. Assuming one does not buy a phone with a qwerty keyboard to play games but more likely for office applications, email and video calls (MS Teams comes in mind) will there be a noticeable difference in performance due to this change in processor taking into account the upgrade in RAM?

    Further the battery might be a 3500 mAh instead of a 4000 mAh battery (although that is not sure yet, there is a poll out for the backers). The claim is that the runtime of the phone with the 3500 mAh battery will be the same due to the lower power consumption of the MediaTek Dimensity 800 compared to the Dimensity 1000 processor. Can you comment on that claim?

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  3. Hi,
    Another question in regard to the MediaTek Dimensity 800 vs. 1000 processor just came to my mind:
    If I want to connect the Astro Slide to an external screen (monitor or television) using the usb-c video-out option would the different GPU make a noticeable difference in real life situations?

    Reply

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