Founder of Geekbench benchmark test says iPhone leaves Android in the dust

Founder of Geekbench benchmark test says iPhone leaves Android in the dust
Over the last few years, Apple has created a performance gap between the iPhone and Android powered handsets, by creating powerful chipsets that it has employed on its iconic smartphones. With the release this year of the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus (and the Apple iPhone X later this year), the company is deploying the A11 Bionic chipset, a name that calls to mind speed.

John Poole, the founder of Primate Labs, the company that created the Geekbench benchmark test, points out that the new iPhone models are scoring more than 50% higher on Geekbench when compared to flagship type Android phones. As far as Poole is concerned, the big question is why are seeing this hike in performance for Apple only?


Apple's decision to design and develop its own chips gives it an edge when it comes to figuring out the direction it wants to go with the iPhone. While Samsung does have the Exynos chipsets and Huawei has its in-house Kirin line, Android phones can be produced by a number of different manufacturers, each sourcing their chipsets from a different chipmaker. That results in uneven performance and makes it harder for Android to catch up to Apple.

source: BGR

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158 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Nobody gives a f**k about Geekbench scores, PA and every other site should just stop posting this crap. In no way do these scores help anyone decide if they should buy a phone. Devices can score as high as the moon but they still won't tell you how it will perform in real life usage.

41. Shubham412302

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Geekbench hardly uses 50% cpu in android whereas cfbench uses all 100%. So how can we trust such a unoptimize software.

96. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Did you know that the CF bench is only for android? While it isn't availalbe for ios and windows?

43. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Geekbench is ridiculously unreliable. I remember putting my old Xperia Z1 with SD800 vs the Moto G3 with SD430, the Moto G3 scored about half of the Xperia Z1, but in reality was faster than the Xperia Z1. When I saw that, I decided that Geekbench scores held absolutely zero value.

67. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Nah the S800 is better than the 430. The 430 isn't even powerful enough to record 4K/1080p60

74. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

In some areas you're undoubtedly right, but real life performance, the Moto G3 clearly beat the Xperia Z1. Faster at booting up, faster at opening apps, faster loading files, it was just faster in everyday use. Geekbench would suggest the opposite be true. It's just not a good means for judging performance.

77. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

That's because the CPU isn't the only thing that matters... The moto G3 has faster storage since it's a newer device. App loading speeds, loading files and boot up are 90% storage speed and 10% CPU speed. The S800 completely and utterly destroys the 430 in Raw GPU and cpu. Just go play a game at 1080p and come tell me the difference. You gotta know what you're talking about before saying the S430 is faster than the S800. Not to mention Motorola software is always faster because its closer to stock android while xperia phones tend to be slower software wise.

106. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1421; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Also thought of that but the Moto G3 actually has slower read/write speeds than the Xperia Z1. I also ran stock Android on my Xperia Z1 and it topped 1000 in single core performance (Sony firmware only around 940). The SD430 only 530. Fact remains that the Moto G3 in general everyday use beat the Xperia Z1 in pretty much anything, despite everything saying the Z1 should be much faster. The point ultimately being Geekbench tells you f*ck all about real life performance of hardware.

140. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

I don't think so. The speed test comparison between XZP vs. Z force says otherwise. The xzp is faster than the z force. Go look for it in YouTube and you'll see what I am talking.

115. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope you know there is a lot of factors involved. For instance the SD 800 supports dual channel 800 MHz LPDDR3 ram, as well as other factors. All the SD 4xx SoCs support single channel ram. Now as time moves on some mid range SD SoCs like the SD 652, 653, 630, and 660 beat the snot out a SD 800, or 801.

45. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The thing is if android were the one winning you would think and say the opposite, or am I wrong?

49. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

No, he'd stay the same. I've seen him criticizing both sides. A person isn't necessarily a fanboy of the other side if he criticizes something.

66. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

I like how your avatar speaks of your mindset before anyone even reads your post. Get a hobby you sped.

75. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I bash on Android and Apple. Both have good and bad. That's why I carry a Nexus 6p and iPhone 7 Plus. Benchmarks are all s**t

76. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're not all. They do show raw power of a particular part of the system for comparison purposes.

91. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

And that's when people who know only how to count numbers brag about sh¡t.

98. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're useful for PC components, when the rest of the system is identical. Swap in two different video cards in the same box, and the benchmark is useful. It's less so across different systems.

123. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Not him but other people from Apple camp would say. Derek has been more of a consumer than fanboy. You have to see posts of cnour and nintysix, u would feel pity on them.

107. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said DJ. The iPhone 8 and Note 8 are two of the best phones out, it's honestly Apple's to oranges, and you can't go wrong either way. I chose the Note, not cause the iPhone sucks, but cause the Note does more of what I've come to need. The 8 Plus is a great device, and its a top tier phone.

144. AmashAziz

Posts: 2927; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Well said.

3. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

what he is saying is true .. to be honest qualcom chips are crap and samsung should move to making everything exynos ... android is way behind when it comes to performance right now

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Please stop this BShttps://www.anandtech.com/show/11540/samsung-galaxy-s8-exynos-versus-snapdragon/6 tldr: performance is very competitive, but the 835 is more efficient than the 8895 especially on GPU Android is only way behind in CPU In GPU, ISP and modem they are still competitive

10. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

the reason to this is that samsung has to hold back the performance to match the snapdragon chip since the production of exynos is not enough to cover all the devices to they have to rely on qualcom .. and if the performance doesnt match they will see alot of criticism from the buyers in the US

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

If anything, it's Qualcomm who held back this year The 835's GPU is just the 821's overclocked, yet it still has 39% efficiency advantage over the 8895 You think Samsung is intentionally making the 8895 consume more power than the 835? Also that's not why they use the 835 If they wanted they could exclusively use the 8895 like they did in 2015 with the 7420 But they are choosing to use the 835 because it's cheaper than licensing CDMA and the 835 is more efficient too

21. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

No they cant Ninja is right Qualcomm holds patents in US so the exynos versions can never be released there. https://www.androidcentral.com/qualcomm-licensing-blocked-samsung-selling-exynos-chips

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They can license those patents if they want Like they did with the Exynos 7420 on the S6 and Note 5 (and Apple do for their iPhones)https://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-S6_id8997 But the 835 is cheaper than licensing CDMA and the 835 is more efficient too So obviously they went with the 835

40. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Bravo! That CDMA part. Im my contry CDMA is dead from 10 yrs ago. And never been a star.

18. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1559; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Samsung manufactures Qualcomm chips, that isn't why they use Snapdragon in the US and China, it has to do with cost and patents owned by Qualcomm.

29. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Exactly. PA is full of this bs

23. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Phonebuffs speed test proves otherwise. Note 8 ate the iPhone 8 plus for dinner. So the A11 can leave android in the dust but android leave it in the dust in real world performance plus features. iOS 11 is even too heavy for the A11. Imagine it running the note 8 software? It will crawl. Lol

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