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[Editorial] Quad-core Doesn’t Always Beat Dual-core

Who needs a steel chair when you have the Sony Xperia SP? Lol.
Who needs a steel chair when you have the Sony Xperia SP? Lol.

We posted our unboxing of the Sony Xperia SP yesterday and we immediately got a lot of feedback from people asking us why we were happy with considering it just runs on a dual-core processor. Okay, we have to debunk a myth. When it comes to processors it’s not really the more you have, the more powerful your smartphone is. The Sony Xperia SP is the perfect example to illustrate this point. Let me throw you guys a question: how high in the Antutu Benchmark Test do the local branded quad-core devices hit? Highest we’ve seen is around 14,000 but the average is anywhere from 12,000-13,000. Heck some of them are just at 10,000.

How about the dual-core powered Sony Xperia SP? Here’s the answer.

16.7k baby.
16.7k baby.

As you can see the dual-core processor of the Sony Xperia SP actually scores higher than the quad-core processors of a lot of local brands? Why is this? Because what matters the most is the power and quality per core, not necessarily having low-end ones. To better explain my point, check out this short video that Qualcomm uploaded on their YouTube channel. It goes to say that core utilization rarely goes beyond 3 cores so if you actually beef up and improve the first two you get more effect than have four cheaper ones combined.

Qualcomm: Better Cores, Not More Cores Video

So there you go folks. Don’t go bashing a device just because it’s “dual-core”. It can actually run circles around your “quad-core” any day. Plus this dual-core can connect to LTE, something that all local brands haven’t gotten into yet.

Kneel before Zod? Nah. Zod kneels before the Xperia SP, lol.
Kneel before Zod? Nah. Zod kneels before the Xperia SP, lol.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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7 Comments

  1. I agree with you, Sir Carlo. I owned Xperia L, lag free po sya kahit dual core. Satisfied po ako sa Xperia L, muntik na nga po akong bumili ng MyPhone Iceberg, pero mas ginusto ko pa din ang Xperia L :)

  2. Couldn’t agree more. Quad core smart phones are not yet needed today. I mean, the multitasking done can be done by a dual core. there are a lot of factors affecting the performance of a phone aside from the number of cores of the cpu. The clock frequency, the gpu, the ram, and some design integrations :)

  3. Sir Carlo, aside from Xperia SP, do you know other dual-core’s that can match or outmatch quad-core’s? It would be nice to have a list specially if they’re cheaper than quad-core’s.

  4. Guys, it’s all marketing sham. These ads compare fruits to veggies, apples to… broccoli?
    Sure the benchmarks show some good digits against the other, but no good ad will explain why really. It did not mention processor core architecture and the other boring techy details. With ads everything is just misrepresented and biased. So, any good phone or good mobile processor with respect to its price, only makes sense based on the type of usage the user buys it for.

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