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There are plenty of chipmakers in the Android smartphone space, with Qualcomm and Mediatek the two biggest third-party chip providers on the market. We’ve also got Samsung’s Exynos, Google’s Tensor (designed by Samsung), and less prominent players like Huawei and Unisoc.
So with all that in mind, we wanted to know whether you had a chip brand bias when buying a new smartphone. We posed this question last week, and here’s how you answered it.
Do you have a chip bias when buying a smartphone?
Over 2,600 votes were cast in the days after we posted this poll, and it turns out that a rather significant 57.75% of respondents only buy phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon silicon. We can understand this choice, as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon was traditionally the preferred choice for those wanting to tinker with their phones or those wanting updates for longer. It was also the preferred option for those wanting to use ported GCam camera apps.
In a distant second place was “I don’t have a chip bias,” accounting for 27.7% of the vote. You could definitely argue that most consumers don’t care about the chip in their phone as long as it does everything they need it to do at a satisfactory pace.
Related: A guide to Qualcomm Snapdragon processors
Interestingly, those who prefer Google’s Tensor chips rounded out the podium, accounting for 8.24% of the vote. This result is especially intriguing in light of our recent poll finding that almost three quarters of polled readers had connectivity issues with the Pixel 6 series.
Finally, those who prefer Mediatek (2.65%), Exynos (2.27%), and chips from other brands (1.4%) brought up the rear.
- simp: I would say the fab making the chips play a part too, not just the brand of the chip itself. Just look at the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 by Samsung fab which runs hot vs the TSMC made 8 Plus which is more performant. Other than that, Tensor borrows too much from Exynos and is suffering from the use of inferior modems. I really hope Google can sort this out but it doesn’t seem too hopeful unless they use Qualcomm modems.
- Tennis freak: I had to vote yes because historically I always looked for Qualcomm chipsets. But I can say that I am definitely interested in MediaTek now. My next phone will have a SOC from whoever offers the best mix of performance, battery life, and heat management. If I was buying a phone today the Dimensity 8100 phones would be at the top of my list.
- Freespeech: I had preferred Qualcomm earlier because of possible compatibility issues. Made some investigation and gave Mediatek a chance 2 years ago, no problem at all. However, I would avoid Exynos.
- Leif Shantz: While I always bought Qualcomm phones, I decided to try out the Exynos 1280 powered Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. It’s performing well for my needs, though in the beginning, some TikTok filters refused to work but they seem to be optimized now. Though, I have a Qualcomm bias, if there’s something I really want by MediaTek or Exynos, I’ll get it.
- : Despite a few performance hiccups throughout the years, Qualcomm has always been a solid, consistent performer. That consistency means a great deal to me. Furthermore, I’m an avid user of GCAM which only works with Qualcomm chipsets.
- Patrick Mac: Yes I like Qualcomm chips but for some reason Samsung ships phones to my market with Exynos chips.
- No bias here, I’ve owned Qualcomm and Mediatek phones recently and both performed very well. Very interested to see how the 9000 does against 8G1, in the wild.