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Thursday Poll: What Processor Is In Your Android Device?

Last night on The Droid Life Show, we briefly touched on mobile processors and the marketing that goes behind them. We discussed that when buying an Android smartphone, sometimes are you not only buying into the Android ecosystem, but you are also buying into that mobile chip’s ecosystem as well.

For example, if you have a NVIDIA Tegra-powered device, the list of games you are able to play is much higher than say a Texas Instrument chip, given that some games released are exclusively for Tegra devices. It’s an interesting move by the manufacturers, but that’s the world we live in where everyone wants to differentiate themselves from the pack.

Down below, feel free to let us know which processor powers your lovely Android device of choice.

What processor is in your phone?

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  • yarrellray

    I love the quadcore Exynos 4412 on my Galaxy Note 2 it’s beautiful from an performance standpoint. Very exceptional device without question. I bet iphone 5 users don’t have clue on this question.

  • yay

    Galaxy S, baby 😀


    I decided to stick with my Gnex and wait for 2013’s Nexus phone. Any new features that android gets, the next nexus will have. Plus, Motorola might get a chance at the sack.

  • Rob Reason

    I need a choice of multiple Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and LTE Galaxy Nexus laying around too.


    Note2 here. Rooted/unlocked, JellyBeans Build 3 ROM.

  • Simon Belmont

    I chose Snapdragon because that is what my phone (EVO 3D). My wife is also running a Snapdragon S1 in her OG EVO 4G.

    I have other CPUs in my tablets. But, this is a phone poll.

  • mark

    Intel atom 😀

  • DennisHeffernan

    I voted Exynos because that’s what’s in my phone (Note II), but I also have a Tegra 3 tablet.

  • Elthon Cisneros

    TI OMAP 4430 1.2 GHz Dual Core CPU in my DROID RAZR MAXX! Running 4.0.4 with a dual core cpu and 1GB of RAM and a 3300 MAh battery is a sweet combo! On top of that, i got it for FREE on Black Friday at Best Buy! I hope the Jelly Bean update comes to my phone!

  • ouch1976

    What if you have multiple devices with different chipsets? I love em all!

  • WalkerNA

    Exynos 3 baby!

  • DanWazz

    GNex still handles everything I throw at it. Although, I did play with the DNA and was impressed by its responsiveness and the crispness of the screen. Don’t be mad GNex, you’re still my one and only.

  • Ex-Gnex-man

    A6 – blazing fast.

  • paul_cus

    Intel Atom in the RAZR i, and a Texas Instruments OMAP in the ELUGA.

    • JoshGroff

      How does the RAZR i perform?

      • paul_cus

        It’s excellent, very smooth and snappy. Battery life is also good. I think Intel has a bright future in mobile.

        • JoshGroff

          I believe it.

    • betaEIGHT

      My old laptop from ’09 has an Intel Atom processor…amazing how phones have evolved…

  • jonny6pak

    I loved my GNex, but I just got a Razr HD and I’m super happy with that. Yeah, it has its trade-offs with the locked-down system, but it seems to run faster, it certainly runs longer, and I’ve gotten it almost to where I want it with a little bit of hacking. If only the bluetooth stack was a little better. I really liked the S3 as well, but I ultimately decided on the Razr HD. Having only owned an OG Droi and a Gnex prior to this, I’m just in awe at where Android phones are at this point

  • I’m satisfied with my Gnex on CM 10.1 as well in terms of navigating and browsing. But gaming, camera, and battery life could be so much better. Which is why I’m getting a Note 2

  • tegra 3

  • shecalledmejay

    Somebody school me on Processors and ram. What does a phone need to be future proof? like 2 years future proof

    • Anything that’s in the current high end phones (GalS3, Nex4, NoteII, etc). Your problem in 2 years won’t really be the processor/ram, it’ll be the manufacturer deciding not to release an upgrade to the latest version of Android even though your phone is capable!

      • Daniel Maginnis

        That means go moto

    • gokusimpson

      Snapdragon S4 Pro. I don’t think the S4 in the GS3 will hold up long enough

      • Hold up to what exactly? Unless something ridiculous happens with the Android OS within the next two years I think the S4 will still be a capable chipset 2yrs from now. (as in capable of running the latest Android OS/apps)

        • gokusimpson

          Ummm 1080p gaming?

          • So just because it can’t run a game at 1080p its not “holding up”? I guess, if that’s your most important factor…

          • gokusimpson

            He said he wants “2 years future proof”. If 1080p gaming is the future then he probably wants to be able to do it well. I’m not knocking on the S4 in the GS3 – it’s fantastic. I’m just saying that The S4 Pro will more likely give him his “2 years future proof” that he wants.

          • Jim McClain

            you cant tell the difference between 1080p and 480 on a screen that small

          • gokusimpson

            Don’t tell HTC that lol! 1080 and 720, probably no difference. I can definitely tell the difference between 1080 on the DNA and my Droid X though

    • cooksta32676

      You simply need to accept that newer phones will be faster and what you have is “good enough and “does the job.”

      • Exactly. Nothing is going to be “future proof” as far as performing as well as the stuff that’s out two years from now, obviously. But plenty of them will be “good enough”/”does the job”.

        • JoshGroff

          Like the G-Nex, I find it still powers through most of what I do, and that’s without overclocking, just get the best phone you can afford and it should pull you through anything, especially if it has a good dev community behind it.

          Any high end Samsung device is always an option, assuming you don’t need your phone to hold a signal that is. 😉

          • I mean, honestly I can run pretty much anything on my old DX that I can on my GalNex (aside from stuff that utilizes NFC, obviously). I frequently use my DX as sort of a media device (games, social media, etc) when at home and want to have my GalNex on the desk charging, and my son uses it to play all kinds of games. My DX ran ICS just fine and could probably run JB as well. The DX was 2yrs old in July.

          • JoshGroff

            My friend’s still rocking his X, that thing was/is a beast. Wish I could say the same about the Incredible 2.

          • Eric

            I’m still using my DX, and I’ve had it since launch. I’m really itching to upgrade now, though. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait to see Moto’s next round of phones, and will likely end up with a Note2. I’m going to do my best to wait and see what happens at CES though.

          • Or play music through the speaker.

          • JoshGroff

            Lol, that too, one of the few things I actually miss about my Thunderbolt.

          • That’s what I miss about my OG Droid. I could have it sitting on the counter while taking a shower and could hear the music crystal clear. I have to struggle just to hear the beats on my GNEX.

          • cooksta32676

            I get blazing speeds and prefect reception in mine. Oh yeah, and a metal body.

      • shecalledmejay

        Yeah because I’m happy with the Gnex and I have had it since last Christmas and for the first time I don’t have the urge to find a way to get the newest android phone. But for my next phone I want to know what to look for to keep this same feeling of not having to worry about upgrading, does anybody think the next Nexus will have LTE?

        • JoshGroff

          Same here, also, unless Verizon steps up their game, they won’t be getting another Nexus any time soon.

          • Bionicman

            the sad thing is with the updating and radio issues with the VZ Gnex, we all knew that there would probably not be another Nexus on Verizon for a while or ever… 🙁

          • JoshGroff

            Alas we’ll have to settle for top tier Samsung devices and bootloader exploits.

          • Jwhap

            Or leave Verizon…….

          • JoshGroff


    • Captain_Doug

      The latest processors will be the latest for 6 months maximum.

  • chris125

    Tegra in my nexus 7, snapdragon in my s3

  • S4 in the RAZR M. Love it. Best phone I’ve used so far.

  • Verizon Gnex and Nexus 7.

    Very pleased with both.

  • Only 11% so far for Tegra, and yet so many Tegra-exclusive games are being released. Those companies are cutting themselves way short on sales by taking a small chip-in from NVidia.

  • mgamerz

    I don’t like tegra games, because you are locked into tegra devices if you ever want to play it again.
    Chainfire’s tool doesn’t fix it either because it doesn’t work on ICS and up. I cant play my GoF2 game because of this (Gnex from Atrix)

  • Sqube

    TI in the Gnex
    Tegra 2(?) in the TF201

    I’d like my next device(s) to have that quadcore Snapdragon proc or the new Tegra 4, if/when that ever happens.

  • brkshr

    Snapdragon, Texas Instruments, Exynos

  • Logan Jinks

    I am seriously satisfied with the performance of my GNex running CM 10.1 I would like to get a new phone this next year, but GNex has never given me a real reason to get one.

    • Logan Jinks

      If you’re familiar with Chris Ziegler from the Verge, I stand with his opinion on being able to by a phone and keeping it as long as your current laptop.

      • andrew galvin

        brkshr is right on this one. I came from g nex and don’t see how i dealt with it for as long as i did.

      • mustbepbs

        The Verge sucks. It sucks Apple’s nads.

        • I have to disagree with “The Verge sucks”. It’s pretty decent website and I find them balanced in their reviews. Plus it’s so much better than Engadget.

        • ceejw

          Yeah their editor and chief is such an Apple fanboy http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/15/2638611/horseshit

          • mustbepbs

            I take it you didn’t see his iPad Mini review or coverage where he basically drooled all over it and made all kinds of excuses for a sub par device at a luxury price.

            Their Apple bias shows in every review. They knock Android for things that pass in iOS. I can’t stand that website or their “reviews”.

          • JoshGroff

            They have to drool all over it, otherwise the iFanboys will find another site to read. Whereas us android users are stable minded enough to nitpick over small things in our OS that need to be improved upon.

          • ceejw

            I read their iPad mini review and I’ve used one extensively since I set one up for my mom a few weeks ago. Everything they said about it is true, It’s a very nice device with the best app selection available but it’s priced too high. Sorry I don’t see Josh as biased because he liked a good product

          • mustbepbs

            I like how you conveniently left out the review score: 9

            Rated higher than the competition which wipes the floor with the iPad Mini.

          • ceejw

            I tend to actually read the reviews rather than jump down to the score and shout “Fanboy!” from the rooftops when the device that I’ve never used scores higher than I think it should.

          • mustbepbs

            I actually did read the review. The negatives about the devices (and from the picture you posted) certainly DOES NOT amount to a 9, especially when devices such as the Nexus 7 and Fire HD exist and get lower scores for negatives that are a lot easier to deal with than the iPad Mini.

            No matter how you shake it it’s easy to see their bias towards Apple. You don’t have to defend them, dude. They don’t care about anything other than your clicks.

          • I always read your posts in Tuvok’s voice, so you always sound smart regardless of what you say.

          • mustbepbs

            That’s perfectly logical.

          • snowblind64

            Haha Tuvok, you and your logic. 😉

          • ceejw

            I’m not defending them. I’m defending my own thoughts which happen to echo their’s. They gave the Nexus 7 an 8.8. Take the iPad mini’s 10 score for ecosystem and apply it to the Nexus 7 and it would have scored higher than the iPad Mini. That really encapsulates the choice you have to make with the two devices. Do you pay the premium and get the tablet with the best in class app ecosystem or do you pay less and get the tablet with the inferior but improving app ecosystem. To me the hardware is a wash, they’re both better and worse than each other in different areas.

            I don’t think the Fire HD belongs in the discussion. That is a great piece of hardware running terrible software.

          • Captain_Doug

            This article makes me feel a lot better about Josh. Before reading it, I also got the impression that he was just a fan boy. Perspective is great.

        • I think you’re confusing it with engadget, which has a standing reservation for the sucking.

          • mustbepbs

            Nah I hate Engadget too, I just really grew to dislike The Verge and their blatant bias. It ruined most iOS/Android articles for me.

          • snowblind64

            While I agree that they do have a strong Apple bias, I still enjoy The Verge and to a lesser extent Engadget. I did lose a lot of respect for Nilay Patel after he got drunk and managed to screw up flashing the leaked Android 2.2 update on a Droid X, but I still like The Verge as a whole.


      • I agree. I only say that because the VZW SGS3 is the first phone that I’ve felt that way about. I don’t see a need to upgrade in the future because it does everything I need it to do and I have an extended warranty + insurance on it if anything ever happens to it.

        I get great service here in SF, my plan is somewhat affordable because I still have a reasonable discount from a previous employer, my data is unlimited, and it’s rooted w/ an “unlocked” bootloader running a stable Cyanogen build that will always (I hope) get the updates.

    • brkshr

      If you used an S3 or N4, you would wonder how you ever dealt with the battery life & screen on GNex.

      • ApplesNAndroids

        Maybe I’m blind, but I’ve had the GS3, and the Note II and the Galaxy Nexus’ screen really doesn’t bother me. The battery however….

        • brkshr

          I’ve have all 3 right now & the GNex is just bad. I never realized it until I moved on. I think we just get used to it. Of course, everyone will have different opinions. This is mine.

          • brando56894

            I realized how horrible it was switching from the Rezound to the GNex but now after having it for over a month I’ve gotten used to it.

        • John

          Agreed on the screen…can’t tell.

          Note2’s battery is f’ing impressive. Sad I have to use a 3800mAh battery for my GN, but I’ve gotten used to it. It’s just for another year until my contract is up.

          • cooksta32676

            I’m getting about 18 hours and 5-6 hours of screen time. Then I go to bed and it’s still in the neighborhood of 30-40%.

          • John

            Nice. Ya I can get that if I’m on wifi all day np.

          • cooksta32676

            I travel to a lot of outlying areas, so I definitely see a drop going in and out of LTE.

          • Jim McClain

            I bought a trexcell 3800, it is nice not to have to worry about charging all the time, i’m getting 24 hrs easy

        • snowblind64

          It seems that when it comes to the Gnex, all screens are not created equal. My launch day Gnex (made in Korea) has a much better looking screen than my wife’s Gnex (made in China and has a weird plaid/checkerboard pattern on white backgrounds mostly in low brigtness) that was purchased a couple months later.

          As for the battery, while it could be better I don’t have any problem getting an average of 16-20+ hours with my official Samsung 2100mAh battery with a couple hours of screen time. Maybe it’s the ROM I’m using. I did just recently get the extended battery so it’s still fresh. Lithium Ion batteries can lose up to 20% capacity per year depending on environment and usage so this could account for a reduction of battery life some may be experiencing.

          • Jwhap

            Same here. I bought a new battery and have seen the exact same thing!

      • Ray

        The Nexus 4 is awesome. I upgraded from the S3, and never looked back. Beautiful device, but slippery. The back is glass, so it slips off of everything you put it on.

        The only downside to the glass back of the Nexus 4 is that it is NOT Gorilla Glass 2. It is much thinner and more fragile than the front. The way you would notice if you tap the front glass with finger tip, you will notice that it is tough glass. When you tap the back glass cover, you sense a sort of hollowness. That usually comes from thin layering (glass).

        Make sure you purchase a case for this device.

        • Justin W

          The back actually is Gorilla Glass 2 – that’s the main difference in the design between the iPhone 4 and the N4. http://bit.ly/12sjyOC

          • Ray

            Believe me when I say this. I love my Nexus 4, and I’m not badmouthing this awesome device. But, let’s not run away from the facts. The glass on the back is a lot thinner than the front. If you tap the glass on both sides, you will “hear” the difference. I’m not quoting what others are saying, this is my primary device I’m talking about. The glass on the back can of been better.

            Your opinion might be different, and I respect that. Good Luck!

            FYI…the link you have provided is the opinion of the author, and not a professional observation (nor is mine).

        • brkshr

          I agree. I already have an XO Skin on the back glass. Bought the official bumper, which I’m not too big on. Makes the phone feel too wide. Received my Ringke Slim case yesterday, which I will use daily, because I hate cases. It’s super thin, so I don’t mind it at all! But at least it will ease my mind a bit. I also have a diztronic tpu case on the way for when I go camping, Jeeping & such, for a little more protection. I will be super pissed if the back scratches, cracks or shatters.

      • Lakerzz

        I hate the pentile mess (which no one seems to talk about with the S3 screen). Also, not being able to turn on the camera while you’re on the phone? Thank god AOKP (@xoomdev) made my S3 experience better. Why does the home button unlock the phone when you already have an unlock button? I don’t get it…Loving the DNA. Might change my mind by Jan. 15th though. My point from this semi rant? I loved my GNex, too, pentile screen and all. (Seriously loved, and miss it)..

    • Crazydog

      Out of curiosity, how many apps do you have installed, and how many are currently running (via the Apps list).

      My Galaxy Nexus has become a slow beast. A clean install runs as fast as I could want, but with everything I want installed on it, it slows to a crawl. My Nexus 4 can take it with no trouble.

      • MKader17

        That is exactly what happened with my OG Droid and now is starting with my GNex. I don’t have many apps myself but I’ve notice a little extra lag creeping up. I wonder if it’s from using newer versions of Android.

        • Lakerzz

          Clear cache in your apps might help.

    • Ditto. My only minor complaint is the camera in low light… But to some degree all phone cameras have that.

    • r0lct

      I was actually surprised at the speed improvement I noticed going from my GNex to the Note 2. I knew it was supposed to be faster, but I assumed with my GNex running BB and Note 2 being TW it would be about the same. The Note 2 is noticeably MUCH faster.

      • pd240

        I went from gnex to the note 2 and I can’t believe the speed and battery difference. So much better, now that it has an unlocked bootloader there is not much more I could ask for in a device right now.

  • Damien Luna

    how do i fix my vote i chose the wrong one 🙁

    • Game over, man. Game over!

    • John

      You just ruined the entire poll. Good job

  • TI in GNex

    Tegra 2 in GTab 10.1
    Tegra 3 in Nexus 7
    Marvell in CoStar

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Running an Exynos Quad in my Note II.

    • T4rd

      Same here. Thing is a night/day difference from my Gnex and I thought the Gnex was fast!

      • ApplesNAndroids

        Its fast, but its not nearly as fast as your claim. That and TouchWiz has some performance issues in areas. The Note is still a bad ass phone.

        • cooksta32676

          Coming from a pure android ICS, I have very few qualms with TouchWiz. It saves me from running about half a dozen extra apps and really doesn’t seem as “cartoonish” as people always say.

          • JoshGroff

            We just like trash talking skins, truth be told every skin (including stock) has something wrong with it that people like to pick on, but those differences are what makes android a great OS, there’s so many choices and those modifications some of us hate from skinned versions end up getting ported to stock, so even Nexus lovers benefit from the skins they hate so much.

        • T4rd

          I think it’s mostly due to the 2GBs of RAM. It just seems much faster at switching applications and loading new pages in the browser and stuff.

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        It’s insanely fast compared to my previous phone, the original Galaxy S on Verizon. Attempting to make this phone lag is like trying to stop a bull!

        • JoshGroff

          Even with ATorrent or U Torrent running with no bandwidth caps? I find they sometimes like to lag my G-Nex when I’m downloading large files.

          • T4rd

            Yeah, I just downloaded some torrents last night on my Note 2 using Utorrent. It didn’t slow it down at all when watching videos or doing anything else with it running in the background. This made my Gnex lag like crazy too. Performance on this phone is amazing.

      • cooksta32676

        Even in battery saver mode, this thing embarrasses my Gnex or Razr MaXX. Just can’t figure why there is a 1 second delay when it wakes after the button push…..unless that’s part of the battery saver mode.

        • T4rd

          Disable S-Voice in the applications settings. That’s what’s causing the delay.

          • Shaun Hardey

            Actually it’s only S-voice’s option to open with home button, not the app itself.

  • Tegra 3 on HTC One X and Nexus 7

  • drewbie_al

    What if I have a Tegra 3 device (N7) and an OMAP device (GNex)?

    • Captain_Doug


      • drewbie_al

        No arguments there.

    • The poll says “phone”, so the N7 isn’t typically considered a phone! Problem solved.

      • What if I’m a developer and own a Droid X, Droid 3, GNex, Rezound, and DNA?

        • cooksta32676

          What if I dock the Gnex in my Bentley and my DNA in my Rolls Royce?

        • I would say which ever one is your daily driver.