LG G6 vs iPhone 7 vs Galaxy S7 vs Google Pixel vs Huawei P10: performance benchmarks comparison


LG claims that using the Snapdragon 821 with some optimizations as the system chip for the LG G6 is a 'brilliant move', despite the fact that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, for instance, is expected to ship with a chip that will be newer and more powerful, the Snapdragon 835.

Why does the company think so? LG says that it has been able to move the chip to a new place on the LG G6, so that the processor does not heat up that much and that it was able to achieve some better cooling to get the maximum out of the Snapdragon 821.

Well, when it comes to processor performance, we don't just believe words: we look at performance benchmarks that give us an accurate measure of that performance. There is the real-life experience, of course, but that comes over the long-term. Right now, we have the LG G6 in our hands and we have run the most demanding benchmarks to see how it performs. We also have the results from the newest Huawei P10 that rocks the company's own Kirin 960 system chip, and we have three key flagships: the iPhone 7 with Apple's A10 chip, the Galaxy S7 Edge and the Google Pixel that also features the Snapdragon 821 chip. Let's see how they compare.

NOTE: Please note that the G6 unit used in this comparison doesn't run final software, so results with a retail unit may vary slightly.

AnTuTu Higher is better
LG G6 157208
Google Pixel 140722
Apple iPhone 7 168795
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 128191
Huawei P10 116267.66

First, we look at the AnTuTu score results. AnTuTu is great: it gives a single result that you can easily see and get an instant understanding of whether a device is good or not. And here is what you see right away: the G6 scores about on par with the Google Pixel, but it's not as fast and powerful as the iPhone 7. In fact, there is a nearly 18% difference between the two, which is quite significant. The Galaxy S7 Edge with the older Snapdragon 820 chip is further behind, while the Huawei P10 is last with a score slightly below that of the S7 Edge.

What is AnTuTu and what does it do? It is a multi-layered, comprehensive mobile benchmark app that assesses various aspects of a device, including CPU, GPU, RAM, I/O, and UX performance. A higher score means an overall faster device.

Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
LG G6 1797
Google Pixel 1525
Apple iPhone 7 3464
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 1857
Huawei P10 1906
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
LG G6 4285
Google Pixel 4148
Apple iPhone 7 5605
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 5569
Huawei P10 5762.66

Next up, we dive deeper in the CPU performance part with GeekBench. We can see that LG has in fact managed to squeeze out some improvements in the single core performance area over the Google Pixel, while in multi-core performance the two are on the same level. Still, it's clear that no phone can match the single core performance of Apple's iPhone, which currently holds nearly double the score of others. The mulitple cores used in various chip match it in multi-core performance, though, as you can see. 

Vellamo Metal Higher is better
LG G6 3632.33
Google Pixel 3068
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 3198
Huawei P10 2730
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
LG G6 4733.33
Google Pixel 5801
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 4840
Huawei P10 5609.33

We also look at the Vellamo benchmark for processor performance, and what it gives us is a different take on the same problems. You can see that in this benchmark we only have Android phones and the results are closer, meaning that in certain tasks these different processors all match up.

As to Vellamo itself, it is a multi-layered, comprehensive mobile benchmark app that assesses various aspects of a device, including web browser performance, multi-core performance, and single core speed. A higher score is better.

GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
LG G6 50
Google Pixel 58
Apple iPhone 7 57.3
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 52
Huawei P10 58.33
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
LG G6 14
Google Pixel 48
Apple iPhone 7 59.1
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 28
Huawei P10 23.33

Finally, we have two GPU benchmark tests. GPUs are crucial for graphics intense applications and games. So is the LG G6 a good phone for gamers? Well, not really. Looking at the results, one can see that LG is consistently at the last place with on-screen results. This will be a problem with more demanding games in the future.

As to the benchmarks themselves, we have the T-Rex HD component of GFXBench that is demanding and then the Manhattan test is downright gruelling. It's a GPU-centric test that simulates an extremely graphically intensive gaming environment that is meant to push the GPU to the max. that simulates a graphically-intensive gaming environment on the screen. The results achieved are measured in frames per second, with more frames being better.

Basemark OS II Higher is better
LG G6 2122
Google Pixel 2425
Apple iPhone 7 3355
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 1761
Huawei P10 2669

Finally, we can also see a different GPU test that again proves that the LG G6 has some catching up to do in terms of GPU performance. The test we look at here is Basemark OS II, a multi-layered, comprehensive mobile benchmark app that assesses various aspects of a device, including system, memory, graphics, web browsing, and camera performance.

Conclusions


At the end of the day, the LG G6 performs well in some areas, and not so good in others. It's on par with the Google Pixel, which is the world's smoothest-running Android phone, and the LG has more CPU firepower, but will it have the same level of meticulous software optimization? And when it comes to GPU performance, the LG G6 is a bit of a loser in the flagship space, way behind even the one-year-old Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Real-life will tell us how much those benchmarks translate in the actual usage, but so far, this is what we have.

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96 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Performance wise, you can't beat last year's iPhone without the 835 onboard, that's simply a fact at this point. Still, the P10 shows really promising improvement in the Kirin processor group (yes...I'm aware this is the same chip in the Mate 9).

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7195; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I should never be blown away at the stupidity of people. Especially when they compare benchmarks with an iPhone 7. Oh, look at the speed tests of the iPhone 7, as it's pushing 4 times less pixels compared to every other flagship smartphone.

10. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

4 times more pixels don't affect the speed unless you're rendering stuff. iPhone 7 plus is exactly as fast as iPhone 7 despite pushing 2.25x pixels.

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Iphone 7 plus as a tendency to lag more than the 7 Tyrion just so you know..

38. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

How would you know that? You don't own the phone....

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

More importantly, the 821 is literally a better binned 820, which was released about 8 months before the A10, so its not surprising its behind the A10 Also there's more benchmarks not included e.g. Long term Manhatten 3.1 (on screen) Pixel = 28 fps iPhone 7 Plus = 25 fps Mate 9 = 18 fps G6 = ? P10 = ?

17. mikehunta727 unregistered

7 Plus and S821 are only within a few FPS of each other at same 1080p resolution in a long term endurance test on the GPU, but the CPU of the A10 is a lot better then the S821 CPU and also has faster storage too still 835 will have better CPU(customized A73's?) and UFS 2.1 and the 540, all of which will be pretty dam solid upgrades

23. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You SHOULD learn proper sentence structure....

68. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

But isn't it worrying that the Pixel is almost if not as fast as the latest iPhones, despite having an inferior SoC and much slower storage?

70. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Trust me...Those seconds add up. And considering that the Pixel has twice the RAM and Android doesn't freeze apps, there's always be placebo effect regarding top speed on the second go round of speed tests and alike. Overtime, that difference of milliseconds will turn into actual seconds.

74. mikehunta727 unregistered

It's not "almost as fast", A10 CPU is about 30-40% faster vs the S821. UFS 2.0 is also not "'much slower storage", it is a bit slower then the nvmE in the 7 yes but not by much. The 7 blows away the Pixel in speed tests and Pixel starts to chug when you keep opening big apps and run some tasks like rendering a 1080p video and etc

25. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I guess the offscreen benchmark wasnt there when you read the article? Also, who cares what screen you hvae if your gpu/cpu and battery cant keep up.

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

What screen resolution you have definitely matters in the result of your phone's performance. If yiu, and you apparently, do not care about high resolution, then why not go all the way down to 480p, since the CPU/GPU will "keep up" even more at that state? Crap.

41. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The exact opposite Inquisition can be asked of you: When does resolution become nothing more than diminishing returns? 90% of humans can't even SEE the difference between a 2k and 4k display....so why destroy battery life with something so trivial? To play video games on your phone? What are we, children?

34. Unordinary unregistered

Funny, cus it kicks every phones ass in off-screen tests too, LOL>

76. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

The CPU architecture on the A-series is among the best for an ARM chipset. Due to limitations of processor overclocking and heat draw the ARM series processor scales much better than SnapDragon and Exynos. Regardless of resolution many benchmarks of GFX factor in GPU as well. Resolution is just a small scale of what represents the power of the A-series chipset within the iPhone.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

IRL theres no difference.

9. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Of which PERFORMANCE you are talking about...... See how a 400$ device your 1000$ iCrap 7 plus..https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wko2PkOf0qQ

31. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Damn , got its azz kicked

32. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I'm really not sure what LG was thinking

44. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Talking about this link lolhttps://youtu.be/wko2PkOf0qQ I am kind of liking the G6 One of the best reviews on the Internet https://youtu.be/r856AQKYOeo I believe Flossy over PA any day.

45. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Carter has the phone already

50. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I can't wait for his real review over the phone, not just the short one.

53. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Just watched it....I really like Floss..... tells you the way it is......

56. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That is what I like about him too. He doesn't sugar coat anything.

49. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Edit Reviewers

91. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

No questions!! Kiko007 own this entire article and comments section!! :D

2. mikedemoda

Posts: 127; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

all i can think of is how the next iPhone is going to obliterate the competition this fall... if they can't even keep up with last years processor

72. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

It happens all the time, they are always behind, just add the iPhone 6s, 6 and iPad Air 2 to the results above you will see how the older apple devices (more than 2 years old) still outperform the latest android flagships

3. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

iPhone 7 is still the most powerful phone. Awesome.

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