Apple iPhone 4S benchmark tests

Apple iPhone 4S benchmark tests
Without going into detail, we all know how fast and responsive the iPhone 4S is already by simply playing around with the handset for a few minutes. Due to the simplistic layout and operation of iOS 5, everything moves at a responsive rate and doesn’t exhibit one shred of lag or slowdown as we quickly move around the homescreen. However, to better gauge its processing prowess, we just had to pit it up with the iPhone 4 and run a few benchmark tests to see how much better it is.

Under the hood, the iPhone 4S is packing that glistening 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor with 512MB of RAM. Respectable by today’s standards, some might not be all that impressed with the amount of RAM on board with the device, but then again, iOS 5 isn’t the most graphically intensive platform out there on the market.

Running the Linpack benchmark on both devices, we’re astounded by the near instant completion of the test by the iPhone 4S – while its predecessor chugs along finishing considerably longer. Specifically, the iPhone 4S is able to establish itself as the superior device between the two since it’s able to push out 138.22 Mflop/s, which is light years better than the 33.65 Mflop/s score of the iPhone 4. And honestly, the lengthy completion of the test by the iPhone 4 goes to show the speedy nature of the iPhone 4S.

Secondly, we ran a quick graphical test by using 3D Benchmark, which is a WWII style era airplane game test. Mainly due to the game’s less than stellar graphics, the final scores of both devices are relatively close to one another. In fact, the iPhone 4S is able to complete the test in 8.294952 seconds and chugs along at 60.16 FPS. In contrast, the iPhone 4 dishes up a total test time of 8.699314 seconds and an average rate of 57.36 FPS.

Next up, we ran the Comet Benchmark app that shows an animation of a comet running through its trajectory around the sun. Initially, both are able to handle a single comet on-screen at a steady rate of 60 frames per second, but as we crank it up to the maximum 10 comets, we begin to see the raw processing power of the newer handset. Even with 10 comets simultaneously loaded, the iPhone 4S is handling it effortlessly at a consistent 60 frames per second – whereas the iPhone 4 drops down under the 24 FPS mark.

Last, but certainly not least, we ran the interactive and graphically intensive demo of Epic Citadel, which truly showcases the type of experience we’ll get playing some quality games. Initially, it’s very hard to find any differences in performance, but after looking at them both meticulously, the iPhone 4S is still able to produce the smoother response. It’s not bad with the iPhone 4, but there’s a subtle amount of choppiness with its operation.

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Why do you keep saying that it's a 1 ghz dual core? It's a 800mhz one. Stop hiding the facts!!

4. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

which would make it 800mhz. there is no "underclock/overclock" the clock is what its set at. its only "underclocked" if you get it at 1ghz and underclock it to 800mhz yourself... which is something I do on my galaxyS since it runs smoothly for most things, even at 800mhz.. get that extra battery juice :) they dont say "this is a 1.5ghz overclocked snapdragon dual core.. they just say its 1.5ghz.

32. v4vendetta14

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

It is still a 1GHz chip underclocked to 800Mhz. It is the exact same processor as on the Ipad. If I overclock my 3gs, do I claim that the native speed is really the overclocked speed? I'm the farthest thing from an apple fanboy. I actually plan to get an Android as my next phone. But current Androids running at their advertised clockspeeds, don't even match the 4S's javascript performance(except the galaxy tab). It is not hard to guess that the battery life will be far better with the underclocked 4S.

36. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

that is exactly what you are saying. If it's 800Mhz it won't be 1Ghz it's working on 800 so it's 800 not 1ghz if my C2Duo 6420 is on 3Ghz it is 3ghz if it is 2.13 it is 2.13 that's it

44. burtonsnow8

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

No, no, and no. Snapdragon CPU (the first model, not the subsequent models), was clocked at 1Ghz. As a user there were programs that allowed you to change the multiplier of the clock or change the core clock speed. As the crystal frequency is usually based on the tolerances and build quality of that specific snapdragon CPU in your machine, it is a much safer bet to change the multiplier than to change the clock frequency. As the newer models were released the quality and improvements of that same chip allowed the frequency and multiplier to be adjusted to greater levels. All are still on the same architecture (, so the chip is still a snapdragon, but with upgraded components that are rated to a higher clock frequency. It is the same architecture (which all snapdragon runs on the ARMv7 instruction set) with different semiconductor technology. So from the factory they were just improving upon existing designs with new model snapdragons, and not all snap dragons are created equal. Basically, from the factory these crystals are rated for a certain frequency, and based on their ability placed into different chips. What i'm assuming apple is doing is using their lower rated CPUs for the 4s.

49. burtonsnow8

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

I wouldn't doubt if apple used batches of chips that didn't pass quality control for the ipad 2.

28. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

It does not matter that the A5 is under clocked or over clocked. It beat all phone out there with 800Mhz

37. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011


2. Snapdude

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

***the cpu in iphone 4s is dual core 800mhz

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol.. i think they are having trouble remembering that apple DROPPED the mhz.. not raised them.

5. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

The fact its only a 800 mhz only makes it all the more impressive considering the scores its getting.

47. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

And just as well its not 1Ghz with the unbelievable battery drain...

6. LaClare

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 08, 2011

I would hope that the 4S should be better than the 4. But let’s benchmark it against the Galaxy SII or Motorola Driod Razor.

18. burtonsnow8

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

No point until ICS comes out, GB doesn't utilize the dual core processor fully.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

cant wait for the nexus vs droid razr comparisons since they use very similar hardware setups. that will really show any difference between ICS and gingerbread.

31. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Plus i believe they have same processors so it should also tell us how much the 720p screen slows the nexus down. Hopefully not much at all.

26. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

39. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

wow i can't believe it really haha that the ti 4460 is released a year after exynos an still S2 is better

43. burtonsnow8

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

Hey my dear, 4s used benchmarks that don't mean anything: Take a look at the on screen results and you see how very little difference there is between the two. Then ICS and it should be just about neck and neck.

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

The A5 is a dual core 1ghz chip. Not 800 MHz. But in the iPhone 4s its under locked to 800mhz.phonearena isn't wrong, they just didn't mention the under locking.

17. burtonsnow8

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

you mean under clocked/clocking, there is no such thing as under locking a cpu clock (

41. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

you know what he ment

42. burtonsnow8

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 05, 2010

yes, but now he also can use the correct words, plus maybe it will help him better understand the dynamics behind a CPU.

40. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

it doesn't matter that it is underclocked it is not dual core 1ghz it is 800mhz and it won't be 1ghz that's it

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The point is it doesn't matter if it's a 1GHz chip, but what it's running at. If it were the other way around and it was a 1GHz chip overclocked to 1.2GHz, you'd be jumping all over him saying that it's a 1.2 not a 1.0.

13. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Lol. I wasn't jumping all over him. I'm no rabid fanboy, don't even own any apple products anymore. I just wanted to set facts straight. If it was overclocked to 1.2 I'd have gladly made more of that as well. But yes you are right it matters more what it's at.

9. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Is there anyway to compare those tests with android and windows 7 phones??

10. SweetLou

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

hmm Impressive!

11. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

iPhone 4S has by far the best phone GPU today - a double POWER VR 543 chip. But coupled with tiny 3.5 inch screen, it means Jack sh!t. IPhone is NOT a device you want to play epic graphically intense fps's or rpg's on. As for the CPU, it's just an average dual core underclocked in the name of battery efficiency.

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