What hardware resources distinguish low-end Android phones from their high-end counterparts?

Drsunil V May 22, 2014
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What hardware resources distinguish low-end Android phones from their high-end counterparts?

For example, there are two Android phones with same CPU and RAM and battery power, like for the Google Nexus? What about for the low budget phones, like Micromax and Karbonn?

What makes them different even though all hardware parameters may be same like 1.2 GHZ quad core , 1 GB RAM , 2000 mAh battery, same internal storage?

Is the the make and architect of CPU and read speeds of internal storage the elements which distinguish phones from one another? Please clarify. Or is it the company’s brand that provides value and after sales service, like Apple?

  1. Oron J
    May 23, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Everything Hovsep says, as well as:
    Tweaked ROM - high-end phones/tablets will have had the system adjusted to run optimally on that hardware, whereas cheap ones will use Android "out of the box".
    Quality - both the components and the assembly will be to a higher standard, producing that ineffable but self-evident "build quality", which makes all the difference! The best example of that is of course the iPhone, which is really not that different -- on the surface -- from most Android phone, but you can immediately tell the difference when you hold it or use it.

    • Drsunil V
      May 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      thanks. do you mean default bloating non-removable apps would be in cheaper models?

    • Oron J
      May 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Not at all. I mean that the drivers (and if relevant, apps) would be modified to work best with the specific hardware in the device.

    • Drsunil V
      May 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      I understand. Please tell , the drivers are modified to work with hardware , with newer versions of Android too?

  2. Hovsep A
    May 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    ? Display
    ? Sensors
    ? Cameras
    ? Graphics
    ? Codecs
    ? Features
    ? Hardware Acceleration
    ? 3D
    ? Max Texture Size
    ? Connectivity Ports
    ? Wifi, 3G...
    http://developer.android.com/reference/android/hardware/package-summary.html
    Hardware Acceleration
    http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/graphics/hardware-accel.html

    • Drsunil V
      May 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      thanks. do you mean that a) the expensive models of LG , iphone have the mentioned features better than b) cheaper models like micromax , Karbonn ; if both a) and b) have all other features even processor GHZ and cores , RAM same? If yes , what about processor architecture? Are expensive models having snapdragon make and cheaper models have non-snapdragon makes of processor? please clarify

    • Hovsep A
      May 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      well expensive is expensive so they must have high ending hardware now low end mobiles/tablets they cal also have a good processor depending on the sale price some features will not be availabe or low end. I think both can have the same processor but this depends on the manufacturer

      Low-Cost iPhone Could be Powered by Snapdragon CPU
      http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Cheap-iPhone-Snapdragon-Processor-Specs,20722.html

      Qualcomm’s first 64-bit CPU targets lower-end smartphones
      http://gigaom.com/2013/12/09/qualcomms-first-64-bit-cpu-targets-lower-end-smartphones/
      But keep in mind low-end and mid-range phones are supporting many of the features recently reserved for high-end devices. For instance, the 410 isn’t just offering better graphics than its predecessors, but also an integrated LTE baseband

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 14, 2014 at 9:36 am

      You mentioned , depends on manufacturer of processor. Please tell how would you rate and review following processors - Snapdragon , Intel and any other used in mobiles and tabs. Also mention about what is unique about Merrifield processor in Dell Venue 7

    • Hovsep A
      June 14, 2014 at 11:55 am

      competition is close since new generations are coming out. They both try to bring tablet closer to pc.

      Smartphone processor head-to-head: Intel Atom vs Nvidia Tegra 3 vs Samsung Exynos vs Qualcomm Snapdragon
      http://www.itpro.co.uk/644092/smartphone-processor-head-to-head-intel-atom-vs-nvidia-tegra-3-vs-samsung-exynos-vs-qualcomm-snapdragon

      Intel Atom Z2460 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Top Three Reasons for the Intel Atom Z2460
      http://versus.com/en/intel-atom-z2460-vs-qualcomm-snapdragon-800

      Dell has gone with the latest Intel Atom Z3460 Merrifield dual-core 1.6GHz CPU for the Venue 7
      Intel Talks Atom Z3460/Z3480 (Merrifield), Z3560/Z3580 (Moorefield) and LTE at MWC 2014
      http://www.anandtech.com/show/7789/intel-talks-merrifield-moorefield-and-lte-at-mwc-2014
      Intel expects it to be performance competitive with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 and Apple's A7
      they try to bring tablet and pc closer in performance.
      Graphics – Imagination PowerVR G6400 (Merrifield) or GC6430 (Moorefield) with OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL and RenderScript support
      Memory – LPDDR3 (COPoP); 2×32 bit, up to 4 GB; Merrifield: 533MHz max, Moorefield: 800 MHz max.
      http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/02/24/intel-unveils-atom-z3460-z3480-merrifield-and-z3560-z3580-moorefield-mobile-socs/

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks. Does it mean intel is better than other mobile processors?

    • Hovsep A
      June 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Benchmark shows NVIDIA has made the world’s best mobile processor
      http://bgr.com/2014/01/13/tegra-k1-benchmark-results/

      well intel do great job to get the best processor to run windows, but the result can be different if we switch OS and intel processor may not be the best processor for android, mac...

    • Drsunil V
      June 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Can you tell where does intel mobile processor rank in top 5 mobile processors? mentioning top 5 names in mobile processors. Thanks

    • Hovsep A
      June 17, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Comparison of Mobile Processors (CPU Benchmarks)
      http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html

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