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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)


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."

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: 1159; 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: 233; 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: 737; 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: 21204; 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...

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:14 3

23. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

yea and thanks for NOT being an asshole about it right?

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:22 1

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

no prob dude..

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:37

45. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

lol idiot windows phone fan......smh

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:48 3

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

You're an idiot... !!

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:52

48. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

naa im human this time around bro.......jus came off of watchin a youtube video and seen this articles headline......read a few sentences then droped straight to the comment section.......sorry for not reading everything thoroughly jus thought everyone knew what it was for and asked

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 20:00

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

so basically u decided to troll while not reading the article, therefore providing nothing substantial…

ya, we get it

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:36

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

stats don't mean much for the iphone when it is above the competition or below… pure numbers cannot relate the real-world difference between two different operating systems that are written in different manners… android to android or ios to ios the numbers are much more relevant-- pure hardware is only a fraction of the speed test

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:38 5

12. CreeDiddy (Posts: 737; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

This is funny that people talked about how powerful the processor of Samsung's processor's are, but fall short to stronger DUAL CORE A6. They will need to release the SIV quickly with an 8 core to compete....LOL!!!

By next year...the A6X with quad-core architecture will surpass a 2Ghz quad core A9 processor by Samsung on the SIV.

Again as I always thought that Android phone's felt "gimmicky" to me from the finish of their phones and specs. Android pry's on overloaded specs and features to raise interest to consumers. Apple never sold products like this to capture interest. Once the phone is in your hand, you aren't worried about a 1.6Ghz quad-core processor with 2GB's or RAM with a high profile processor. Apple worries about the smoothness of the software and app integration. Apple then says benchmark me without comparing themselves to Android. That is how they go about their business.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 01:30 2

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

Did you know the iphone's A6 processor is an ARM A15 on the ARMv7 Architecture???

Their newest architecture which is the same as the SnapDragon S4 but two different Companies making them???

And that all previous iphones, ipods and ipads came out with ARMs???

And that the international version of S3 has the quad-core A9 that you mentioned in your post??? (not 2Ghz - because there won't be any A9 2Ghz next year like you said.)

No more A9 bump because is Mali 400, They moved up from that... the A15 is on Mali T604 (that's the GPU) And that all these processors including the A6 or the A6x or the next big thing from APPLE "the A10 processor" are ALL made by SAMSUNG????

Just wanted to point out, from what i read in your post it seemed that you were confusing others and/or be confused yourself... no offense.
And like you said, Apple focuses on design and ios smoothness compared to Android device makers. With all that said, i want to add a little more for whoever is reading this, specially android fans because they seem to compare iDevices with anything out there and running useless Benchmarks on both OSs... to see which device performs better, WTF Androidfans, were you raised in a jungle?

Comparing a dual core device with a lot less SPECS than the other device running a quad-core with 2ghz of ram is NONSENSE...
---Is like me benchmarking an Intel core i7 (quad-core obviously) with a system that has an i3(dual-core), this s**t is crazy.. it's stupid crazy, wow, no common sense at all, Big HEAD Small Brain.

Next year they'll compare the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s (whatever) to a Jet taking OFF with an 8-core processor and 4Gb of RAM.

How about use a little common sense ppl and compare devices that are close to similar in specs. Just as we do with PC hardware.. Corsair 128SSD vs Samsung series whatever 128SSD - speed comparison..

Omg, i wrote a lot, but had to get it out of me, it's pissing me off when i read articles everyday and see nonsense comments posted by ppl (99% androids). Some articles are nonsense too here on P.A.

Anyway, i agree with you... on your last paragraph!! peace.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 02:35

61. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

The fact is we compare phones with similar price point.......
What ever the processor may be we want the value for our money.....

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 03:02

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

Same goes for two different laptops, i guess... you can buy a gateway for 399 with better specs than a sony or samsung going for the same price... BUT people STILL buy more of sony or samsung laptops than they buy gateway with better specs... So i really don't get your point here... sorry.
And you're mentioning VALUE, you don't know value.. People always got more value for their money when buying from APPLE, MAcBooks, ipads and MAc whatevers and iphones, and ipods have been a better value for consumers FOR the past decade...

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 06:38

68. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

I think samsung gives the value for my money........not only in form of specs but also in the form of functionality....and apple products come short of functionality.......
And i am happy owner of samsung laptop......
Apple wants more money for the product with less functionality and i think every android phone owner thinks the same thing.....

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 17:02

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

I have my own thoughts, you have yours and the rest of ppl have theirs. And i'm a happy owner of a Sony laptop, Quality also matters, I could've bought a Cheaper maker laptop like the "gateway"s with better specs than the Sony and $300 cheaper But i chose to buy the Sony just as people like to buy Apple products, They got QUALITY products buddy and you know that.

And many people like me would rather buy a quality device rather than a cheap device with better specs. You did the same with your SAMSUNG laptop, could've bought a gateway but you didnt, you went for the Samsung. SAME goes for cars, I would buy a quality car before i buy one of those cheap cars at 12,000 or less.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:46 2

16. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

It must be the RAM that made the difference, because the iPhone 4S's clock speed is only 200 MHz slower per core.

Nice score, but Android phones will come back and spank these results in the next few months.

Also nice to know that apparently there are benchmarks that actually work cross platform now.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:14 1

22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

They tested the iPhone 5 not the 4S. The next few months will not make a difference in the long haul.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:25

30. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Mxyzptlk:- I'll see you when we get the comparison between iPhone stretch (5) and my Note 2 (The Beast)...!!

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:31 2

31. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I'm sorry, I should have clarified. I was noting that the difference in scores between the 4S and 5 is probably because of the RAM increase on the 5, since its CPU got a relatively small bump.

And even the article notes that the S3 with Jelly Bean (rather than ICS) kicks the crap out of the 4S's score. That update will be out shortly, at least for some models.

Few months=difference.


posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:12

37. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

dont think so. Sniggly nothisn is coming that is stronger than the almighty SGSIII maybe the 4 but we can wait for that right

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:34 2

40. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Okay, Gallito, now that I have reiterated what the article has said, TWICE, you have no excuse.

Not only does the article say that a test run with the S3 using Jelly Bean stomped on the iPhone 5 score, but the Note 2 is coming out in another month or so, with a QUAD CORE PROCESSOR running at a higher clock speed than the S3's dual core. So yes, not only is the S3 itself getting better soon, the Note 2 is going to be even better, AND is coming out before those few months are up.

So again I say:


posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:35 1

43. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

The Optimus G is actually far more powerful than the S3.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:49

18. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

I don't get it when people keep comparing processor speed, camera megapixels and etc. I would rather see the real performance rather than number on the tech sheet.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 22:56 2

19. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

I wanna see how the iPhone fairs on quadrant. I can't believe a 1.02 GHz processor beat the quad-core SIII

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:01 2

20. omarkhsawne (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

of course iphone 5 will beat the galaxy s3 because the gs3 had to push more pixels none of the other high end smartphones have that low resolution screen 640 x 1136 pixels of the iphone 5 stop marketing that piece of junk samsung is the best.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:10 4

21. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

iPhone 5 ----------> TV remote..!!!

It isn't even near to any of the Windows or Android based phones out there.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:14 2

24. angelohizzo (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)

Benchmarks are just another marketing tool if you ask me along with "monster" specs.
There's no better way to test a device than hands on time with it.
Lesson I learned from getting both the international GS3 then eventually the AT&T variant. When the quad core s3 didn't run as smooth as my 4S I got AT&T version thinking the ram would make a difference. It didn't. I flashed both devices (mainly the int version) with latest and greatest custom ROMs out there CM9/CM10/slimmed touch wiz etc (even the leaked touch wiz with JB and Project Butter) to make them run smoother which to some degree worked. All were smoother than stock, but none were 4S smooth.
I found that the GS3s launched apps quicker, but those same apps ran better on the 4S. The Facebook app is the perfect example but is by no means the only one.
I've preordered the 5 but if the performance isn't any different than the 4S or GS3s then I'll return it and hold my money for something better.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 23:58

35. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:03

36. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

so i had a look at their site ....the S3 results are based on the mean value of multiple users input ...which in some times as low as 500 somthing ...and as high as 1950 sometimes ....and with many users using different ROMs,kernels, even some results were running in less rams and cores than the device full power .....those would much affect out come mean , iphone 5 results most probably were run once ... and it already pulled out the site or i cant find it :/ ,,,anyways that one time might be the maximum or the minimum or some value in between ..it have to be run more times to get the mean results

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 00:33

39. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

Lol short lived

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 01:01

49. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

A few things these benchmarks leave off. The A6 uses ARMv7s instruction set as opposed to the standard ARMv7 instruction set, it uses specialized instructions specifically targeted for the iOS. It also uses a dual core custom A15. It also uses much faster memory than previous, using 32-bit Dual-channel 1066 MHz LPDDR2. So, why does this make a difference, well the Exynos uses ARMv7 and is based on the ARM cortex-9 core which has no access to VFPv4 (which places all scalar functions directly onto the hardware). It also has slower memory access. So, the two extra cores actually make it far more functional than it would be if it was dual core. We are only 3-4 months away from the first Tegra 4 devices, and if Nvidia does this right, this will be a huge increase, along with the Exynos 5 in terms of power. (I expect fully that the Exynos 5 will be Quad Core when it is launched and not dual core.)

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 01:17 1

51. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

You guys crack me up man... Give the damn phone props...

"wait til a few months" BWAHAHA

of course a NEW phone will have better tech than a 3 month old phone... You guys act like little kids in here...

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