The quad-core face-off

HOW DOES A ` 10,000 QUAD-CORE PHONE FARE AGAINST ONE THAT COST FOUR TIMES AS MUCH?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

We pit three quad-core phones with dif­fer­ent specs and price tags to see how much the user ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fers. Some of the re­sults were an eye-opener

Till a cou­ple of months back, quad-core pro­ces­sors were found only in flag­ship smart­phones. Now, even sub

` 10,000 An­droid phones claim to have to the su­per chip and quad- core phones are avail­able at all price points go­ing up to

` 49,490. But will all th­ese phones of­fer a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence for the user?

UN­DER­STAND­ING THE QUAD-CORE

It was in 2010 that the first smart­phone with a dual-core pro­ces­sor was an­nounced. The fol­low­ing year, smart­phones pow­ered by quad-core chipsets made their way to the mar­ket. With smart­phones be­com­ing mini- com­put­ers, the mul­ti­ple cores were touted as an unavoid­able fea­ture for power users. Tech­ni­cally, on a quad­core pow­ered An­droid, the screen res­o­lu­tion should look sharper, stream­ing HD video should be smoother, load­ing pho­tos and apps should be faster and heavy graphic mul­ti­player gam­ing should be flaw­less. While all the smart­phones on quad- core chips will be fast, the per­for­mance need not be the same as there are a lot of fac­tors that come into play from the quad- core chipsets them­selves to RAM, ver­sion of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem and user in­ter­face.

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