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Apple iPhone 5s performance review: CPU and GPU speed compared to top Android phones (benchmarks)

0. phoneArena 25 Sep 2013, 06:47 posted on

The Apple iPhone 5s brings is one of the biggest under-the-hood upgrades to ever happen to the iPhone line. Apple’s A7 chip comes with a new Cyclone core that is very well optimized in terms of power consumption and still manages to deliver great performance…

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posted on 25 Sep 2013, 22:14

153. tuminatr (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


they probibly did not however these chips are not very different its a dual core 1300mhz chip. think of it this way the Iphone GPU must manipulate a signal that is not concidered full hd on the other hand the anroid is full hd with amost 3x the amount of pixles on the screen. If the Iphone has the quad core the numbers would be probibly double what they are if the android had the slower 1.3 apple cpu they would be very very slow. in other words yes apple has put a good amount of power under the hood for their application and so has android for their application. once apple goes full HD they will need a quad core or better too

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 14:09 1

170. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Absolutely no

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 09:15

71. Kalevro (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Obviously Samsung did an Incredible job of the A7 chip. Benchmarks says it all.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 09:29 4

77. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


if i were to follow your stupid logic... the chinese worker at foxconn did an incredible job better than samsung or apple. Benchmarks says it all.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 22:18

155. tuminatr (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


Yes they do, lower resolutions are easer on a processer.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 17:32

137. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


And Anandtech agrees though they do go more in depth if you're into the highly technical side of things.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:48

164. silencer271 (Posts: 222; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Show me a non browser benchmark and then talk.. optimized safari no surprise

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:47

173. werthedroids (Posts: 60; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


1st Apple didn't even make the chip; Samsung did 2nd benchmarks just show how underpowered and stripped down ios is; imagine the iPhone being a light, stripped down sports car w/ a pretty decently sized engine. Now imagine an Android being a limo w/ an ENORMOUS engine. of course the sports car will be faster. the body is so light and there is very few features a.k.a. the os is so underpowered, there is barely anything the cpu has to run. Oh and did I mention the MUCH higher resolutions? Those make a difference, you know. Plus, if oneself had the brain power to flash a custom rom, kernel & overclock, then the android will blow that weak 1.3 ghz put-put out of the water.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 08:42

183. Androiders (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Don’t compare Android to Apple because Apple does not have 1080p display, it has 640 x 1136 display only. Compare to Android 1080p display. Not match

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 06:59 7

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Waiting for excuses and the usual Apple bashing from the Android flock.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:23 8

19. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Congratz to Apple for doing such a swell job on the CPU/GPU combo, even off-screen test are amazing.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:52 1

41. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


No excuses, good for apple. Still won't ever go back to iphone though =). However, i will say i clicked the article to see some benchmark scores and comparisons, not read an apple sales pitch. I read through the first paragraph where their selling apples 64-bit arch and decided i wasn't reading any other sections.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 08:24 6

56. blahb (Posts: 47; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Why must you always stir the pot papa? This device looks excellent no matter how you spin it, I've been an Android user since the OG Droid and you just get used to seeing the new iPhone flagship topping the benchmark charts over the years.

No matter how good the iDevices look and perform Apple gives you a limited sandbox to play in and you play by their rules. If you are willing to be told how to use your device, iPhones are for you and they will perform excellently for you just how the big carriers and media companies want them too.

I personally could never use a device where I cannot root and/or unlock it to infinitely expand the sandbox of which I have to play with. Other things keeping me away from Apple products are the lack of an expandable storage, larger screens on their phones, and a removable battery.

So as part of the Android flock, Major props to Apple on this phone! It arguably performs better than any phone on the market right now and will likely set a bar for performance for at least the next 6 months. I will continue to highly recommend this phone to people who have deep pockets and are not "tech savvy" (read as most people's parents), on the other hand, for fellow programmers and people interested in the inner workings of technology I will continue to steer them in the direction of Android.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 10:10 3

82. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Stir the pot or speak the truth? Go in any Apple article recently and read the comments if they haven't been deleted yet. The Android flock bash Apple on the A7 chip, which as of right now, it's the fastest. I love Android, but also love iOS and Apple products (especially their Macs; never going back to a Windows PC again). It's Apple's time to shine once again, but some people can't give credit to where it's due.

That is all.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 11:30

102. blahb (Posts: 47; Member since: 16 May 2012)


If you haven't notice by Apple's stock surge over the past 8 years, they have been shining since they allowed other manufactures to produce their internal components (far from the only factor of course).

I'm not alone in saying I'd prefer to buy $1500-$1800 worth of high-end PC components I can customize to my liking and build my own machine running Win7 x64 than have Apple sell me the same components, albeit less customizable, in a Mac Pro for over $4500. This is similar to what Apple is doing with their iPhone, putting together a nice fairly one size fits all hardware package working with a more efficient and far less customizable OS and charging and arm and a leg for it i.e. $649/$749/$849 price tag. Although carriers have screwed up phone pricing as shown by the Nexus line @ $299/$349, Google has always been open with their highly customizable Android OS and savvy users are able to get much more out of their devices than similar iDevices allow.

Don't get me wrong Apple is an excellent software company building top performing device which have grabbed a large market share by simplifying most all computing tasks and leading the industry in making computer operations more intuitive. Personally however, I refuse to pay Apple an extreme premium to tell me what I can and can't do with a computer/phone and instead prefer to have full control over my Win7 PC/build and have a large selection of Android devices to choice from.

To each his own I guess

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 11:52

107. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Ever heard of a Hackintosh?

My old Macbook that I got for $100 runs on 2GB with OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) and it's smoother, faster, and crashes a hell lot less than a W7 PC does even at 4GB.

Plan on upgrading to a 2012 MacBook Pro for about $800 before Christmas. Core i7 and Mavericks goodness will be mine.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 18:23

139. tuminatr (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


papa I am glad you’re happy with you choices however this does not change the point that graphics tests are about speed and resolution. The iphone with its lower resolution display (1164x640 or 727040 pixels) should be faster that a higher resolution android (1920x1080 or 2073600 pixels). The high end android phones have almost 2.8x the pixels for the GPU to push around so all things else being equal it would take a lot more cpu power to be equal. Like everything on these phones it comes down to what is important to you for me it’s the bigger easier to read display that also happens to be easier for me huge mitts to type on. For me these tests don’t surprise me at all I am not giving up my GS4 (ok tel next month when the note 3 come out)

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 20:08

148. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Getting the Note 3 next week. Prefer Android as my phone OS and OS X as my computer OS.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 10:19

86. Spikes9s (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


Yep it seems to me that loads of trolls/fanboys arround here are like the Hunter in the story when he goes every day out hunting only to get sodomized by a big 600 pounds bad bear and after 5 years of doing it, he suddenly realizes that he actually never liked .....hunting XD ;)

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 10:31

93. Spikes9s (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


And please people please just think about it, this is just the latest act of this never ending drama called: "GET THEIR HARD EARNED CASH AS FAST YOU CAN", now was Apple turn to make his move/crash benchmarks getting the formula right (with the 64 bit chip/dual core CPU/1GB RAM and fresh iOS) and they will enjoy this while it last coz the others are loading their shoot guns with the next gen 64 bit chips and then all this will be the other way arround... Now android fans are pissed in a few weeks apple fans will be.......

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 06:59 11

5. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 151; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


It's amazing how the iPhone's underclocked dual-core processor beat the quad-core monsters. Qualcomm and Nvidia should follow Apple's style.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:29 8

25. DanishDynamite (Posts: 27; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


The S800 and Tegra 4 are faster processors. Period. It has something to do with iOS, optimization and the fact that the iPhone only has to push about one third of the pixels that the LG G2, HTC One Sony Xperia Z1, Samsung Galaxy S4 and all other highend android devices :D But it still is a very powerful CPU and GPU.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 08:16 1

51. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


This is why cross platform benchmarks exist you know.

The iPhones resolution is only an advantage during onscreen tests btw.

The A7 is more advanced than the Snapdragon 800. Lower clock speed and half the cores but still better performance.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 11:08 1

100. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Offscreen is the new word in ifans defense now. Lets put the A7 in a android device and see how it does. The fact that the iphone has a lower resolution screen and the os uses less ram makes sense it scores so high. Factor in iOS optimization. It's like Comparing a tuned Z06 vette to a stock lambo. You cannot compare the 2. Of course the vette will smoke it. It's funny how ifans jump to brag about specs when all these years they said "itz about teh uzer xperience!" They never talk about how windows PC's take a big dump on mac specs for the price. The hypocrisy is high in this post. Face it. Ios is an empty as hell race car with no commodities. Light as can be so what do you expect it to be slow? It isn't pulling any weight at all.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 11:14

101. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


What's the retail on one of those?

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 15:31 1

129. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


More than you can afford pal. Civic...

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 15:56

132. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Good job :) You understood my comment.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 12:36 2

111. greathero1 (Posts: 493; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Actually, offscreen is something that's not new and a way to level the playing field to get more accurate results. It's just time for you to get over it. The same whinning in article after article. Let them have their day for god's sake. This phone is a great performer and Apple did a good job with the design of the chip. Again, the only people complaning about this are Android users so why should they not point to the benchmarks to calm down the mudslinging. When the numbers are so obvious you think people would close their mouths and just say, "yeah the numbers are good at all but that tiny phone is not for me." How simple is that? Good f'ing grief lol!

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 13:36

116. Sauce (unregistered)


Lmao +1000. Couldn't have said it better!!!

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:00 10

6. Aghavali (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


iPhone has an smaller screen and resoloution compared to Android flagships which leads to higher points in GPU Benchmarks

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:06 3

11. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Screen size doesn't affect performance at all, screen resolution does but only in on screen benchmarks, off screen benchmarks are not affected by screen resolution

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:10 8

15. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Do you know what "offscreen" means?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 08:38

167. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 518; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


All of the test were not off-screen

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:00 6

8. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


This makes me love my space grey iPhone 5S even more!

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:21 1

18. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


I was only able to get the least loved 64GB silver one. Everything else was sold out.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:26 1

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 12358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Me too

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:01

9. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


Wait for next year when nvidia brings on tegra 5 with 192 cores as to the present 72 cores

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:37

31. noler (Posts: 187; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Wait for next year when Apple brings on iphone 6 with Apple’s A8 chip

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:47 4

38. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


You mean Samsungs A8 chip

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:49 3

40. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I'll accept that statement once I see it in a Samsung phone or with a Samsung logo inside an iPhone.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 09:23

73. darkkjedii (Posts: 12358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


TSMC will be making them then.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:06 6

12. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Meh my G2 > any apple phone

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 07:49

165. silencer271 (Posts: 222; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


My poop> anything apple

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:06 6

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Sony Xperia Z1 results are very good.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:15

16. Rkiller (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Apple did a great job with the 5S but let's not forget that other flagship like xperia Z1 and lg G2 are very good too though they have bigger screen with more pixel to push! So the snapdragon 800 with 330 adreno is almost the same as this.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:39

32. noler (Posts: 187; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


No! this is offscreen test.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 10:34

94. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Good but not as good as the A7. We are talking about a dual core, 1.3 ghz vs a quad core clocked 2.3 ghz. The S800, s600 should blow the DUAL CORE A7 out the water.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 18:57

144. Taters (Posts: 3512; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


And they would if they came with Safari and IOS stock and they had the same legion of Apple lovers in the media spinning benchmarks in their favor.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:17

17. NexusPhan (Posts: 529; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Uhhh. Google Nexus 5 benchmarks?!!!

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:23

21. mrturner (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Any processor intensive or more rounded/complete benchmarks?

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:32

27. Victor.H (Posts: 450; Member since: 27 May 2011)


There are no cross-platform CPU intensive tests that I know of, but suggestions are always welcome.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 09:28 1

76. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Geekbench 3!

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:27

23. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 438; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


I praise Apple for their great efforts to a very smooth, capable, and fast OS but there are still many drawbacks like why can't they put a simple BT to BT transfer to other devices, yes, there is AirDrop now but it is limited to iDevices only.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 08:17 1

53. Tuxedo (Posts: 170; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Because it was an terrible idea to begin with. BT 3.0 High Speed and newer uses, ***drum roll***, an 802.11 Wifi link to perform actual data transfer. Would you paint a wall with a crayon? Technically, you could, but it's not a good idea.

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:31 2

26. suiadan87 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Google Nexus 5? Interesting :p

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:34

28. MotorolaX (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


where is Moto X Victor.H..?

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:46

36. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


goes to show u its quality not quantity

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:47 2

37. silencer271 (Posts: 222; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


omg synthetic benchmarks! IOS still to limited and lower resolution = better results. Id take a phone from 1980 over anything apple makes

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:48

39. kobainez (Posts: 302; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


What so amazing about apple benchmark score?? Don't anyone of you realize that apple has 2x lower screen resolution compared to other android flagship? Im not impressed by apple benchmark. If it's 1080p then it's mindblowing

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 07:52 7

42. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Hey smart guy. Did you know that all offscreen tests are done in 1080p? It doesn't matter if the phone is 640/720/1080p, it'll run the test at 1080p.

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