The quad-core face-off
HOW DOES A ` 10,000 QUAD-CORE PHONE FARE AGAINST ONE THAT COST FOUR TIMES AS MUCH?
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.