Qualcomm is currently the most popular and talked about chipamakers in the industry; after much criticism it has finally regained its honor.
A popular benchmarking website, AnTuTu declared that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 is currently the fastest processor that is available in the market. The 810 processor has received much criticism in the past and was one of the reasons why Samsung Electronics Ltd backed out from powering its phones with Qualcomm’s processor initially.
Additionally, it is safe to say that Qaulcomm Inc.’s on a roll nowadays, as its Sandragon 820 chip set surpassed Apple’s A9 chipset. Currently, the Silicon Valley giant’s chipset is in second place, while Huawei with its Kirin 950 and Samsung Exynos 8890 are on fourth and fifth place, respectively. Finally, the technology giant’s mid-range chip set are placed right after Samsung which include processors 810 and 652.
The chipmaker has always gained popularity due to its GPU and it comes as no surprise that it has managed to surpass Apple in terms of GPU performance as well. In the previous, the GPU performance by the chips of the company were reported to have performed well while according to the recent ratings that the processors have received, it is quite likely that they will perform during the current year as well.
Furthermore, during the recent analyst day, the San Diego based organization’s management went all in to convince the audience about how well their ongoing QCT (Qualcomm CDMA Technologies) business was performing; although they didn’t have to be too definite about it as they managed to portray it quite articulately in their latest chip sets, Snapdragon 810 and 820.
However, it should be taken into consideration that the benchmark website, AnTuTu scores on the basis of mean score that is generated from a number of tests. This indicates that for a chipset that has just been introduced in the market has more chances of scoring high in comparison to a chipset that has been in the market for longer. An idea of how well the processor performance can only be established with time after it has gone through certain levels of usage.
For instance, despite the fact that Huawei’s Kirin 950 is only being used in a hand full of Huawei smartphones, it has still managed to be on the fourth place. The chipset lacks a well performing graphic processing power and yet has managed to be of the fourth place.
Also, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 was the showstopper at the Mobile World Congress where it was appreciated by a number of large technology firms including Samsung, who after the launched of the chipset came back on board with the company. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Plus are some of the significant smartphones in the market that will be powered by 820 chipset.
In 2015, Qualcomm stock dropped by 34% however in a month’s time, the stock has managed to recover 20%. Presently the stock price of the chipmaker is at $52.02 indicating an increase of 0.13%.