The most used smartphone GPU - 2018

In a smartphone, the GPU (graphics processing unit) is a central part of the system hardware. It differs from the CPU by handling the visual rendering elements of a phone's display, whereas the CPU is the brain of the device, handling all the heavy computation and logic behind the screen.

Combined, both have a dramatic effect on the performance capabilities of a given device. In desktop computers, they're usually two distinct parts of the internal setup, allowing each to be replaced or upgraded individually. In smartphones, however, restrictions in space have led to the GPU/CPU being combined into a System On Chip, which cuts out the need for additional connectors between such components where space is so limited. The image above, for example, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, which combines CPU, GPU, memory controller, connectivity (Bluetooth, WiFi, LTE), a Digital Signal Processor, as well as some other vital pieces of a functioning phone's infrastructure.

Why is GPU awareness important?

Whether you're offering resource-heavy content such as HD video, animations or interactive elements, scaling back where a visitor's device lacks the computational ability to handle it can save them from a potentially frustrating experience, which wouldn't help your business either.

On the other hand, when you can confirm a device's chipset and hardware has the power to process the most impressive visual elements you can offer, go ahead and serve the full immersive experience.

The most common smartphone GPUs

Below are the most common GPUs found in some of the most popular smartphones in use today.

Smartphone GPU model
Apple iPhone 7 PowerVR Series7XT Plus
Apple iPhone 8 Apple A11 Bionic GPU
Apple iPhone X Apple A11 Bionic GPU
Samsung Galaxy S8 - USA and China ARM Mali-G71 MP20
Samsung Galaxy S9 - EMEA ARM Mali-G72 MP18
Google Pixel Qualcomm Adreno 530
Google Pixel XL Qualcomm Adreno 530
Google Pixel 2 Qualcomm Adreno 540
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Qualcomm Adreno 540
Sony Xperia XZ 2 Qualcomm Adreno 630
LG G6 Qualcomm Adreno 530
LG G7 ThinQ Qualcomm Adreno 630
HTC U11 Qualcomm Adreno 540
HTC Desire 12 PowerVR GE8100
Huawei P10 ARM Mali-G71 MP8
Huawei Honor 10 ARM Mali-G72 MP12
Xiaomi Mi 6 Qualcomm Adreno 540
Xiaomi Mi 8 Qualcomm Adreno 630
Oneplus 6 Qualcomm Adreno 630

Worldwide GPU Usage

Below are the top 20 most used GPUs we see across all countries in our dataset.

Smartphone GPU by country

Here, we've looked at 21 countries, and listed the most used GPUs for Q2 2018, according to our data from our network of partner sites.

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Argentina

Country Position GPU Name Share
Argentina 1 Adreno 306 14.26%
Argentina 2 Mali-T720 MP2 12.82%
Argentina 3 Mali-T830 MP2 7.82%
Argentina 4 Mali-400 MP2 6.8%
Argentina 5 PowerVR GT7600 6.38%

 

Australia

Country Position GPU Name Share
Australia 1 PowerVR GT7600 14.58%
Australia 2 Mali-G71 MP20 11.92%
Australia 3 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 10.37%
Australia 4 PowerVR GX6450 8.89%
Australia 5 Adreno 530 8.86%

 

Brazil

Country Position GPU Name Share
Brazil 1 Adreno 306 12.58%
Brazil 2 PowerVR GT7600 7.26%
Brazil 3 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 6.79%
Brazil 4 Mali-T720 6.73%
Brazil 5 Mali-400 MP2 5.72%

 

Canada

Country Position GPU Name Share
Canada 1 PowerVR GT7600 23.02%
Canada 2 PowerVR GT6450 12.12%
Canada 3 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 12.07%
Canada 4 Mali-T880 MP12 7.21%
Canada 5 PowerVR Series 7XT 5.28%

 

Colombia

Country Position GPU Name Share
Colombia 1 Mali-T720 MP2 13.24%
Colombia 2 Adreno 306 8.85%
Colombia 3 Mali-400 MP 7.68%
Colombia 4 Mali-T720 7.16%
Colombia 5 Mali-400 MP2 6.05%

 

Egypt

Country Position GPU Name Share
Egypt 1 Mali-400 MP2 7.86%
Egypt 2 PowerVR GT7600 7.69%
Egypt 3 Mali-T720 MP2 7.10%
Egypt 4 PowerVR GX6450 6.25%
Egypt 5 Adreno 306 5.14%

 

France

Country Position GPU Name Share
France 1 PowerVR GT7600 16.00%
France 2 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 10.23%
France 3 PowerVR GX6450 9.27%
France 4 Mali-G71 MP20 6.12%
France 5 Adreno 530 4.77%

 

Germany

Country Position GPU Name Share
Germany 1 PowerVR GT7600 12.15%
Germany 2 Adreno 530 8.34%
Germany 3 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 7.88%
Germany 4 Mali-G71 MP20 7.03%
Germany 5 PowerVR GX6450 6.64%

 

India

Country Position GPU Name Share
India 1 Adreno 306 8.15%
India 2 Mali-T720 7.83%
India 3 Mali-T720 MP2 6.97%
India 4 Mali-400 MP2 5.17%
India 5 Adreno 505 4.93%

 

Ireland

Country Position GPU Name Share
Ireland 1 PowerVR GT7600 22.54%
Ireland 2 PowerVR GX6450 13.22%
Ireland 3 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 12.02%
Ireland 4 PowerVR G6430 5.91%
Ireland 5 Adreno 530 5.40%

 

Italy

Country Position GPU Name Share
Italy 1 PowerVR GT7600 10.45%
Italy 2 Mali-T830 MP2 9.15%
Italy 3 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 7.74%
Italy 4 PowerVR GX6450 7.10%
Italy 5 Adreno 306 5.97%

 

Japan

Country Position GPU Name Share
Japan 1 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 23.03%
Japan 2 PowerVR GT7600 22.53%
Japan 3 PowerVR GX6450 10.38%
Japan 4 PowerVR Series 7XT 9.06%
Japan 5 Adreno 530 5.76%

 

Malaysia

Country Position GPU Name Share
Malaysia 1 Mali-T720 MP2 16.55%
Malaysia 2 Adreno 306 15.35%
Malaysia 3 Mali-400 MP2 9.04%
Malaysia 4 Mali-T830 MP2 5.99%
Malaysia 5 Mali-T830 4.97%

 

Nigeria

Country Position GPU Name Share
Nigeria 1 Mali-T720 MP2 8.69%
Nigeria 2 PowerVR GX6450 8.52%
Nigeria 3 Mali-400 MP2 7.99%
Nigeria 4 Mali-400 MP 6.76%
Nigeria 5 PowerVR GT7600 5.72%

 

Poland

Country Position GPU Name Share
Poland 1 Mali-T830 MP2 12.01%
Poland 2 Mali-T720 MP2 6.64%
Poland 3 Adreno 306 6.56%
Poland 4 PowerVR GT7600 6.11%
Poland 5 Adreno 505 4.93%

 

Russia

Country Position GPU Name Share
Russia 1 PowerVR GT7600 11.34%
Russia 2 PowerVR GX6450 8.36%
Russia 3 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 7.65%
Russia 4 PowerVR G6430 6.85%
Russia 5 Mali-T720 MP2 6.01%

 

South Africa

Country Position GPU Name Share
South Africa 1 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 8.41%
South Africa 2 PowerVR GT7600 7.87%
South Africa 3 PowerVR GX6450 6.79%
South Africa 4 Mali-G71 MP20 6.61%
South Africa 5 Mali-T830 MP2 6.30%

 

Spain

Country Position GPU Name Share
Spain 1 PowerVR GT7600 8.89%
Spain 2 Mali-T830 MP2 8.43%
Spain 3 Adreno 306 8.40%
Spain 4 PowerVR GX6450 6.40%
Spain 5 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 5.58%

 

Sweden

Country Position GPU Name Share
Sweden 1 PowerVR GT7600 18.14%
Sweden 2 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 13.82%
Sweden 3 PowerVR GX6450 10.45%
Sweden 4 Mali-G71 MP20 6.69%
Sweden 5 Adreno 530 6.11%

 

United Kingdom

Country Position GPU Name Share
United Kingdom 1 PowerVR GT7600 19.54%
United Kingdom 2 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 14.04%
United Kingdom 3 PowerVR GX6450 9.18%
United Kingdom 4 Mali-G71 MP20 7.22%
United Kingdom 5 Adreno 530 5.87%

 

United States

Country Position GPU Name Share
United States 1 PowerVR GT7600 18.92%
United States 2 PowerVR GT7600 Plus 14.25%
United States 3 PowerVR Series 7XT 11.78%
United States 4 Adreno 540 10.48%
United States 5 PowerVR GX6450 9.77%

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