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What does dual, quad or octa core processor mean in a smart phone?

The last time you bought a phone, did you spend days going through the specs, comparing it with other phones? You must have come across a long list of things such as megapixels, storage, processor, cores etc. and you just looked for the higher number in each option. Well if you spent so much time looking at those numbers, why not understand them better too?

Let’s take a look at your smartphone’s processor.


What is it?

A processor (CPU), in simple terms, is your Smartphone’s brain. As the name suggests, it’s a chip that processes all the inputs and provides the meaningful outputs. Earlier, CPUs used to have a single core but now even the smallest devices run on multiple cores.


So, what are these cores?

Each core in the CPU is a separate processing unit that processes commands for the CPU. A processor can have one, two, four, six, eight cores and so on. This is the number that is represented by dual, quad, hexa, and octa core respectively. All these CPUs work at a different speed called the clock speed.

How do they differ?

In most cases, it’s simple math. More the cores, more the commands executed, and lesser the time taken in doing so. These cores are like men at work. More men will finish the work quickly and smoothly. But to assume that quad core will work twice as fast as dual core would be wrong because the final speed depends on various factors such as compatibility with the hardware, nature of the program, etc.


Should I go for more cores then?

Though octa cores won’t work 4 times faster than dual core, it would still be much faster than it. More cores allow you to perform multiple tasks at the same time without making your smartphone crawl at snail’s pace. So, if you want to browse the internet while listening to music and attaching files in your mail, then more cores are what you need.

Though you were doing just fine looking for the higher number, now you also know exactly what those numbers can do for you. So, keep an eye out for it the next time you are looking at the specs.

Features your smartphone must have if you are a gamer

What do you do when you are waiting for the friends who are just 5 minutes away for the last hour? Or when you are getting shoved around in the metro or the local while going to college? If you are anything like me, you’ll whip out your phone and start playing a game. From single hand tap games to complex multi touch fps, mobile phones have it all now. But do you have the phone to play it all?


Here are 5 specs an ideal gaming phone must have:

1. OS: No, we are not talking about the Android vs others war. Here it’s more about which version of the OS you are using. Newer, the better so go for lollipop or a later one for optimum performance. Moreover, updated OS also helps with better and bug-free experience.



2. Processor: If your phone has a brain, it’s the processor (CPU, GPU and chipset mainly). It, as the name suggests, processes the instructions and executes the commands. So, faster the processor, smoother the performance though anything around 1.5GHz would work wonders.



3. Memory: Here we’ll call RAM and internal storage collectively as memory. This is where you’ll store your game files and as well as the frequently used instructions. Lack of enough RAM would make your game lag and you irritated. You’ll need at least 2GB RAM and 32 GB storage for HD games.



4. Display: Where the whole game is played on and through the screen, it has to be good. You’ll need really good resolution for HD action games especially. 1080 X 1920 pixels with about 401 ppi on at least 5 inch screen is ideal for a gaming phone. This is what you’ll get in the most expensive phones today. Untitled-2

5. Battery: What’s the point of having everything if your phone doesn’t let you play for more than a couple of hours, right? This is why a gamer’s phone must have a good battery life. XOLO Black, with its 3200 mAh battery is a perfect solution for your itchy fingers.