Apple iPhone 6 (Apple A8) performance review: CPU and GPU compared to the best Android phones out there

The Apple A8 is the first 20nm SoC on mobile, bringing a 25% boost in CPU performance and a 50% improvement in GPU compute…
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55. wilsong17 unregistered

When was the last time you visit the iPhone forum look at all the problem. . To each on they own

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

A8 FTW

98. Rogue

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

OPEN YOUR EYES and Google: gfxbench Nvidia shield tablet

51. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

Victor, why do we mysteriously see PA avoiding any benchmark comparisons when it comes to Quadrant, Antutu and 3DMark? Have they suddenly lost prominence? Or is it because the scores in those are unfavorable to the iphone?

54. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

Quadrant is outdated, Antutu crashed in the 10 or so times that I tried running it on a 5s and 6, and 3DMark scores are in the slideshow at the end of the article (we're working on presenting the data nicely, so yes, it could be added along with offscreen results soon).

57. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Hey look, another Apple defense article. So this is like the 5th iphobe defense article and we are yet to see one for Android. Great job!

65. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Android doesn't need a defense article, Android apparently has a faithful immortal unyielding army that refuses to accept anything but perfect scores. Apple apparently had an army of rich uneducated ignorant people who need #iphoneassurance to justify their purchase. /sarcasm

116. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Haha looks like you are trying to justify your purchase by supporting this biased article.

119. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Ha, ha..You would too if you dropped a G for a BENDABLE stick of ( phone calling) gum!

76. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

A8 destroys sd801 in benchmark :( .it scores close to 49,000 in Antutu. I don't think even sd810 can beat A8 chip . Can any android OEM's use their A8 chips? LoL. Let's see how android performs on A8.

80. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Exynos 5433, Tegra k1 destroys this a8 processor and u think sd810 wont beat it?

81. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I don't think the SD810 will kick the A8, since the SD810 is 3 way superscalar and the A8 is 6 way superscalar. The Nvidia Denver K1 will kick it's ass, that one is 7 way superscalar. But no smartphone will use that chipset alas.

92. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Exynos 5400 screw super high in Antutu as well and that uses the old Mali GPU. The 5433 in the Note 4 with the new Mali is going to crush the A8. Also you shouldn't look at the iphone 6 using iPhone 5s resolution scores. Look at the 6 plus scores that use the same or less resolution as everyone else. So unless Qualcomm is really that poor of a chip designer, the 810 will crush the A8. After all it's not even released yet and still baking in the oven. They won't release it unless it crushes the A8

108. jbo5112

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

The iPhone 6 Plus posts higher scores in 3Dmark than the regular iPhone 6. Any respectable benchmark trying to compare GPU performance uses off screen rendering with a set resolution, typically 1080p. However, neither can beat the year old Note 3.

78. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

An advertorial?

84. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Another blatant example of biased reporting.. Only posting the few benchmarks in which the phone they like (iPhone) succeeds. Why post the GeekBench for ONLY the iPhone to show it out did itself which it should anyways without proof. But not show the note 4's geekbench score with the 805 which is the heart of the comparison(Oh I know why cause it dominates the little A8)..

91. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Dude, I doubt you've read the whole article...

93. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

For a simple reason - the Note 4 is not out yet, so it's kinda impossible to test it. I appreciate you thinking that we can do the impossible (we try!), but this time we'd have to disappoint you.

97. Rogue

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

OPEN YOUR EYES and Google: gfxbench Nvidia shield tablet

109. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

That's racist. -_-

153. CellPhonesExpert

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

lol ......

86. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Best phone in the market. Oh my god, how strong is Apple!!!!!

89. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

This is the best article in Phonearena I have ever seen. Thank you Victor, we really appreciate your work.

95. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Kudos Victor for trying to explain Apple's CPU's to these dummies stuck in PC era thinking. More cores and more Ghz don't mean squat because mobile cores are vastly different. And right now, Apple's cores are simply much more advanced, achieving the same performance with half the cores and half the clock speed. ARMv8 will be a big source of headache on this site going forward. Galaxy Note 4 Snapdragon nerds users won't be happy when the Exynos version increases its performance by 30% when it upgrades to L.

102. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

PC era of thinking? Even there a newer CPU with lower frequency can outrun a higher clocked older CPU. So mentioning PC era thinking is kinda shortsighted on your behalf. More cores and more ghz does say something, just not the entire picture. Especially with newer instruction sets and better GPU's, the difference can be big.

117. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

He just goes along with whatever supports his beliefs. Yet he chooses to ignore that the iPads have more GPU cores and higher hertz all the way up until the A7 and guess what. They made a huge difference. Lol oh ifans... If you choose to follow the ifan way of thinking. Instead of dual core the next step for Apple is to make a single core A9 with ultimate single thread, no dual cores at all, plus 1ghz clock speed. I would love to see that actually. One big core. I am not sure when was the last time someone used a single core.

96. Rogue

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

I still think that this article is paid and Bendgate week. I see no reason to not include the Nvidia shield tablet in tests. OPEN YOUR EYES Google: gfxbench Nvidia shield tablet

103. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The reason why the dual core A8 does better in single core is because of each core using more transistors. Truth of the matter is, that doesn't make it nearly as energy efficient as quad cores with less transistors, spreading the computing processes among each core.

166. TheRabidUnicorn

Posts: 7; Member since: May 19, 2015

And a 1800mAh battery doesn't help

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