These iPhone XS vs S9 vs OnePlus 6 benchmarks test A12 Bionic as the killer chipset

These iPhone XS vs S9 vs OnePlus 6 benchmarks test A12 Bionic as the killer chipset
A lot of you already have in their hands the world's first phones that carry processors crafted by the 7nm production node method. Yes, we are talking about Apple's new iPhone XS and XS Max

Apple's proprietary chipset architecture is tailor-made for its mobile operating system, so it has a real performance advantage before, say, off-the-shelf Snapdragons of this world, even when the production node was 10nm in Apple's previous A11 Bionic processor. 

In fact, Apple's processors are so powerful that the company deliberately throttled them significantly when an iPhone battery degraded below a certain threshold, so as to avoid random reboots by peak power requests, resulting in the #battterygate brouhaha. On the plus side, it brought on $29 battery replacements for older models, a perk that is now coming to an end.

With the introduction of the A12 Bionic, even though it is made by the TSMC foundry with the first generation of the 7nm node, instead of with Samsung's superior extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, the performance gap is expected to become even wider. By how much?

Well, we put the new iPhones with the freshly squeezed A12 Bionic chipset, through some mobile benchmark testing, and the dry synthetic numbers show it will be the phone processor to beat now, like the A11 before it. 


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Apple touts just 15% performance increase over the A11 Bionic processor cores but adds 50% faster graphics with the new, fourth GPU core, and lossless memory optimization. As you can see below, in some of the comprehensive all-rounder benchmarks like AnTuTu the recorded increase in performance can reach the whopping 60%, as in iPhone XS vs iPhone X

We put the two-year-old iPhone 7, from which people are most likely to be upgrading to the XS, just for giggles, and the difference is 200%+ in favor of the A12. Coupled with the performance-optimized iOS 12, this year's iPhones should perform smooth as silk.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 358091
Apple iPhone XS Max 336882
Apple iPhone X 224538
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 220618
Apple iPhone 7 168795
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch 223751
JetStream Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 267.92
Apple iPhone XS Max 265.74
Apple iPhone X 218.98
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 224.62
Apple iPhone 7 144.71
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch 202.11
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 59.7
Apple iPhone XS Max 59.3
Apple iPhone X 58.75
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 59.3
Apple iPhone 7 59.1
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch 28
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 4806
Apple iPhone XS Max 4821
Apple iPhone X 4244
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 4243
Apple iPhone 7 3464
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch 3929
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 11416
Apple iPhone XS Max 11299
Apple iPhone X 10401
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10330
Apple iPhone 7 5605
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch 9288


Apple iPhone XS vs Galaxy S9 vs LG G7 vs OnePlus 6


On the whole, this is not a fair fight for Androids, as not only are we comparing 10nm vs 7nm processors, but also custom chipset architecture optimized for an in-house operating system, against a smorgasbord of chippery and interface overlays. 

Still, the best Android has to offer now does synthetics on par with last year's iPhones, while the new XS and XS Max blow them out of the water. The performance difference is largest in browser benchmarks, up to 300%, while in multi-core tests the A12 Bionic is just 30% ahead of the best Androids can muster, arguably on account of Apple's throttling shenanigans. 

This extra power should be most noticeable in gaming or browsing activities, but the everyday interface grind and app transitions would get a worthy boost, too.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 358091
Apple iPhone XS Max 336882
Samsung Galaxy S9 244207.33
LG G7 ThinQ 239753.5
Samsung Galaxy Note9 244787
OnePlus 6 260353.5
JetStream Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 267.92
Apple iPhone XS Max 265.74
Samsung Galaxy S9 61.834
LG G7 ThinQ 88.304
Samsung Galaxy Note9 63.24
OnePlus 6 88.123
GFXBench Car Chase on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S9 25.66
LG G7 ThinQ 20
Samsung Galaxy Note9 26
OnePlus 6 30
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 59.7
Apple iPhone XS Max 59.3
Samsung Galaxy S9 43.33
LG G7 ThinQ 31.66
Samsung Galaxy Note9 56
OnePlus 6 50
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 4806
Apple iPhone XS Max 4821
Samsung Galaxy S9 3709
LG G7 ThinQ 2439.5
Samsung Galaxy Note9 3612
OnePlus 6 2413.66
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone XS 11416
Apple iPhone XS Max 11299
Samsung Galaxy S9 8814.66
LG G7 ThinQ 8793
Samsung Galaxy Note9 8927
OnePlus 6 8929

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