Counterclockwise: console-quality graphics on phones

November 5th, 2017   decode   news

When a new flagship phone is announced, it’s not uncommon to hear “console-quality graphics”. And the contemporary consoles always have better graphics, why is that? A cynic might say “the SNES is a console too” but there’s more to it.

A coincidence recently caught our eye – the Apple A10 chipset (used in iPhone 7) has 3.3 billion transistors. An Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti has 3.3 billion transistors. But that’s not a fair comparison.

The Apple chipset includes a quad-core processor into the transistor budget. To be fair, we need to be comparing what AMD calls “APU” – a combined chip with both…

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