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Apple iPhone 5 beats the Samsung Galaxy S III and others on Geekbench benchmark test

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Apple iPhone 5 beats the Samsung Galaxy S III and others on Geekbench benchmark test
Introducing the Apple iPhone 5 last week, the company said that the A6 processor on the device offers twice the speed as the A5 on the Apple iPhone 4S. That seems to be the case according to a Geekbench benchmark score of 1601 that the newest Apple iPhone model can claim. 9 to 5 Mac says no other iOS device ever crossed the 800 line thus proving Apple's comments on Wednesday. Assuming the test results are genuine, the Apple iPhone 5 outscored two of the higher scoring Android models, the Samsung Galaxy S III (1560) and the Google Nexus 7 tablet (1590). However, it should be noted that with Jelly Bean running on the Samsung Galaxy S III, the device scored a whopping 1781. With the update expected by the end of next month, Apple's reign at the top could prove short lived.

Besides running against a Samsung Galaxy S III powered by Ice Cream Sandwich, we should also point out that the test did not include the Samsung GALAXY Note II which is expected to come with Android 4.1 right out of the box. The test also confirmed that the Apple iPhone 5 has a 1GHz ARMv7 processor and 1GB of RAM as we told you on Saturday.

Until the Apple iPhone 5 launches, the iOS device with the most up-to-date processor is the third iteration of the Apple iPad 3 which was also blown away by the Apple iPhone 5.

source: 9to5Mac via AndroidAuthority



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posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:20 18

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The question of the moment is how the iP5 does against other current edition Android models on the Geekbench benchmark.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:22 16

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Edit - I see where the GS III was mentioned. Was that the international version or U.S. version? U.S. version suffers from cpu challenges that the international version doesn't.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:25 18

5. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


JB version of the i9300 international GS3 blows the iP5 away anyways.

Basically, this is a Krait core optimized to hell on iOS6, so performance should be good.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:44 3

32. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1034863

It's int version, but infact if we go deeply into the benchmark we can see somthing different: The CPU power of S3 still blows iPhone 5 away, but RAM power is not even close.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:55 4

34. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


"Although Geekbench is cross platform, I wouldn't recommend using this data to do anything other than compare iOS devices. I've looked at using Geekbench to compare iOS to Android in the past and I've sometimes seen odd results."
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6298/analyzing-iphone5-geekbench-results

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:25 3

6. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


Pic 3/4 1 processor, 4 cores. This means international no?

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:36 12

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


regardless if it was the international version or not, we have to give apple credit for this benchmark.........and even when the galaxy s3 does upgrade to jellybean apple will still be in a very good area will they not?

i jus would like to know what this benchmark for? what does it measure?

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:22 7

29. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


I must commend you on a very reasonable comment. Havent seen one of these in a while with all the fanboy craze.

Also something to note is that the GS3 benchmarked here IS in fact the international Quad core Exynos version. Therefore the US version (that is on Verizon, ATT, Sprint, and Tmo) would score much lower even with jb as it only has a dual core S4 Snapdragon.

Despite overwhelming amount of comments that say the iPhone is not much of an upgrade from the 4S, I disagree. I think they addressed every aspect of the phone by upgrading it enough to keep them at the top of the competition. Lets give credit where credit is due.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:48 2

33. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1324; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


It may not score that much lower because the RAM of the US versions are 1GB more than the international. This could lend more to the memory score. I am also interested to see how well the Note II scores on this test as it is suppose to sport both a quad-core 1.6 ghz processor and 2GB of RAM. I would guess that it would score around 2000 on this test.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:22 1

38. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


lmao... 2000 my ass!!! hahahaha.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 01:07 2

50. chebner (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Just because the US version of the S3 is only dual core doesn't necessarily mean it is slower. I just ran the geekbench on my EVO 4g LTE, which is a dual core US version of the One X, and same processor as S3 but with only 1gb RAM. I'm running a stock config with ICS 4.0.4 and Sense 4.1. I ran the benchmark about 5 times rebooting a couple times to clear cache. The lowest my phone scored was 1530, the highest was 1598 and that was also the first time I ran it. I would have to guess the S3 (both US and International versions) running Jelly Bean will easily surpass 1601. I wonder what my phone will score when I get to Jelly Bean?

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 16:29

82. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


The EVO LTE pretty much has the hardware specs as the GS3 other than the 2GB of RAM (which is really not going to make the device any faster whatsoever) So the benchmark will be almost identical to yours.

The US edition of the GS3 has a completely different procesor and my point was not so much that it will benchmark less, but that It definately wont benchmark more than the international edition with its Exynos Quad processor.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 05:16 3

66. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Good for you. I don't expect you like all, or even most things about the iPhone 5, but you recognize it is a worthy upgrade.

I troll you Android guys pretty hard (and some of the more vicious and blind fandroids deserve it), but I spent the last year using Android handsets almost exclusively (About 16 of them). There are things to like in all three of the major mobile OSes, but I think fear of finding out that which you have defended is, indeed, not the best causes some sort of anxiety. If that is the case, stepping back from devices might be called for.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:31 1

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well competition numbers are quite nice... its hardly a defeat and android versions should get updates fast enough for this number to live a short life

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 01:43 1

55. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


The iPhone 4S scored 629 and it was already just as speedy (if not faster) as some of the devices that scored more than 500 points higher. And now its scores higher than most of the competition and trails behind the international SGIII w/ less than 200 points. We're just going to have to wait and see how this translates in a real world setting (which is what's actually important).

And it doesn't need to be a defeat. The iPhone 5 will be really fast, and that's in itself is great.

"android versions should get updates fast enough for this number to live a short life"
- don't forget that ICS is still rolling out on some devices, and on others, a jellybean rollout date has yet to be announced.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 07:43

71. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


devices waiting for ICS are already a year old so you want to compare its performance with that my comparison would go with the newer models from witch the GS3 is what? 5 months old already? noted Samsung's quad core chip is not their strongest chip yet and the Gnex is quite old too, now I don't see it translating into better "usage speed" honestly as things are set to a specific speed but lesser lag for sure, this just means new chipsets will have huge numbers

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:40 7

13. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


imma apple fan but i gotta say samsung builds some pretty great processors...

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:36

44. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


And how about that... woohoo !

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 16:08

81. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Benchmark, professional reviews, and etc are all non real world everyday users. Most of the reviewers are already fans of that product or gotten free stuff to lean more towards that product. I once own an IPhone and I liked at the time until I got an Android. Ever since than I never looked an IPhone again. It's a proven facts that Apple fans are so 1 directional mind that they refuse to open up and look at other products and give it a fair review. NOTHING that APPLE have came out with is new at all. It's all technology borrowed or brought from others. Apple just have the best Marketing Dept and Lawyers!

To me for an everyday user, the speed test is not important how it preforms daily. S3, HTC EVO LTE 4, HTC One X and I'm sure IPhone 5 will also have good processing speed. But I will back up the S3 because it has more RAMs, and this help when start loading apps and craps into your phone. And this my friends will make the difference after you own the phone for a month. Besides, i don't want something that keeps track of where I go and what I do daily ;)

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:22 5

2. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Undoubtedly impressive, however like the article says, it'll be short lived

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:23 7

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Especially when updated versions of Android phones will be released in the next few months. Very short-lived indeed.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:43

15. CreeDiddy (Posts: 845; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Of course...isn't that what technology does to evolve and to improve.

SIV should be faster than SIII

just like iPhone 5S should be bested by the iPhone5

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:46

46. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


I like how you applied your comment, "updated versions of android phones"... Now that is TRUE. Galaxy s2 is an updated version of the first galaxy, and the the updated S3 came out. You see point? Same thing goes for apple in this instance. The FACT of the MATTER is that ALL new phones are UPDATED versions compared with the previous ones. UPDATED meaning that there were improved hardware components made. Same for APPLE ios devices. Every iphone that came out CAME with hardware updates... Every android device that came out CAME out with hardware changes. See my point???... GREAT !!

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 05:10 1

65. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Yeah. Quad core S4 will pimp-slap everything that lives and breathes.
Higher clocked Note with the Exynos and Jelly Bean will beat it too.
However, Apple did do a nice job designing the new processor. (kudos to Samsung as well for making it ;D) I can't wait to see how the Apple GPU does against the Adreno 320!

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 06:50 1

70. darkkjedii (Posts: 22051; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Now that's a fair and good post bro. No arguments needed. I wish apple and Sammy got along better cuz they seem to make a nice team.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 14:58

80. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Thanks! :D

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:34

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


what does this bench mark test measure? graphics? speed?

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:37

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


note: see chart before commenting

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:41

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


i didnt really take a good look at everything i jus seen the title and commented

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:47 1

17. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


note: maybe you should actually read the article before commenting...

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