TENAA, Geekbench confirm that there is 3GB of RAM on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus

TENAA, Geekbench confirm that there is 3GB of RAM on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Unlike most Android manufacturers, Apple doesn't make a big deal about some of the internal specs found on their handsets. Battery size is one of those specs, as is RAM. Apple doesn't normally reveal the amount of RAM on the iPhone, so it wasn't until a Geekbench test of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus surfaced today, along with a TENAA certification of the device, that we could confirm that the iPhone 7 Plus is the first iPhone ever to sport 3GB of RAM.

Throughout the year, there had been rumors that the latest 5.5-inch iPhone phablet would see a 50% hike in RAM to 3GB. This number can not be compared to the amount of RAM used on an Android phone, which ranges these days from 2GB to 6GB. Because of the optimization used by Apple with iOS, it takes less RAM for the iPhone to run smoothly. The Apple iPhone 7 continues to carry 2GB of the sweet stuff. 

The A10 fusion chipset that powers both new iPhone models has four cores. The two energy efficient cores used for light housekeeping (like checking email) are slower in order to save on battery life. The other two cores are high performance and run 40% faster than the A9. Those are the two cores employed on Geekbench, where the iPhone 7 Plus scored 3233 for the single core test and 5363 for the multi-core test.

source: TENAA, GFXBench via 9to5Mac

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iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016


34. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

As if iOS wasn't fast enough on less than 3GB RAM This beast will surely fly!

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's going to crush the android phones and make them look slow.

41. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's always been the case, I wish android OEMs also used NVMe. Still not getting the iP7, excellent device, but not for me.

45. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Alan F. said: "Because of the optization used by Apple with iOS, it takes less RAM for the iPhone to run smootly". THAT'sFALSE! Android is by nature more capable and more versatile than iOS. I have an Android phone (Tecno W3) with 1GB RAM, and it runs flawlessly on Android Marshmallow, but it reloads my games when leave them in the background to browse the web, because there isn't enough RAM for fluent multitasking. RAM on Android is for great multitasking, not just for running swiftly.

46. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Multitasking on Android is only good with proper implementation. Samsung is horrible at memory management.

50. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

There are Nexuses and Xperias who are great multitaskers and they run swiftly too! Heck, Samsung's weak memory management can be tweaked, but it requires rooting.

55. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Either you're cleverly baiting a response or you didn't read what you typed before submitting your reply. Let's start with your reference to Android's "capabilities" as a way to strengthen your argument against iPhone's optimization. What does Android being more versatile have anything to do with iOS's excellent optimization? Absolutely nothing. You started off making no sense, and it gets worse. You continue by describing your Android device as a complete oxymoron. Your background programs restart when you switch back to them, indicating that the RAM management is preventing your phone from "running flawlessly". How is this helping your argument? RAM on certain Android devices is managed poorly. Note 5 and Note 7, for instance, are known for having a lot of RAM and yet they cannot let programs stay parked in RAM for very long. Android has never been known fondly for its optimization or RAM management, so how well are you actually multitasking?

62. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

My background GAMES reload, because of not having enough RAM. Mine has 1GB. It's not the RAM management which makes my device to reload my games when I browse with dozens of tabs open and downloading videos from YouTube and transfering video files via bluetooth and playing a song in the background simultaneously. My device runs flawlesly with no stutter, no lag. But multitasking is a mess.

51. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Luckily we have dumb comments like Mxyzptlk, to keep us Android fans warm! So, based on the information in the post and your comment, since most Android apps benefit from multi-core setup on devices, and mutli core score on Geek is higher on Android than iPhone - does that mean Android devices will crush iPhone instead? But hey, keep up the good work, so i can get my daily dosage of iFanism! :)

74. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, why does it just say 2 cores?..?..

72. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

A quadcore a10 phone with no real multitasking I expect watch some vídeos on YouTube while choose which pics upload to Google photos un two differents Windows on with Android nougat on my $300 Phone

47. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

iPA's first sentence ; "Unlike most Android manufacturers, Apple doesn't make a big deal about some of the internal specs found on their handsets." WHAT THR F**K iPA convenient!! You so HYPOCRITE website I NEVER seen b4!! What the f that supposed to mean? Ridiculos how u protecting them in EVERY FKIN ASPECT.. I just have no words! I really suggest you STOP reviewing android phones and truly rename yourself to iPhone Arena.. And you and us android users will feel better!!

53. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Right, @PhoneFix! He also claims the iPhone does not need much RAM in order to run "smoothly", because of the "optimization" Apple uses with iOS... That sounds like he's implying that Android phones need more RAM than the iPhone in order to run "smootly". What about multitasking? SMH

65. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

that implies he means android OEMs optimize their devices horribly and don't run as smooth as a result. man you people are some grade A intelligence on this site lol

58. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not a big deal... lol... while they release gazillion articles about 3d touch last year... its totally not a big deal, because 3GB is inferior compared to other flagships... they'll totally brag if they have something new, even if its just a gimmicky name

2. Unordinary unregistered

Best SoC, leagues ahead of Android, with Samsung and Huawei (however you spell that) following behind.

6. dnomadic

Posts: 401; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Wouldn't say it is that much better... the Multi core from the 820 and the Kirin 950 (honor 8) remain stronger in Multi Core... It is pretty awesome though

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

No, they don't. Check Geekbench 4.

8. dnomadic

Posts: 401; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

You may be correct, the Geek bench 3 score was what I was looking at.

12. mercanesys

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

actually the score is almost the same on geekbench 4 as well , i got arround 5400 with exynos 8890 so yeah i would imagine that the SD820 would deliver a similar score

16. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

iPhone 7 is the most powerful smartphone out.

68. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

SN820 has dropped by quite a lot, memory now plays a smaller role in the overall score, which is where SN820 shines. Based on Geekbench 4 SN820 - 1700/4100 A10 - 3233/5363 A10 pisses over SN820, and we haven't seen the GPU performance yet.

26. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Multicore means NOTHING if The OS and Applications are optimized for a Dual Core processor... But even if you're right; then why a little iPhone SE is quicker than an Exynos Octa-Core version of Galaxy S7...?https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HUrzq0A5ZXc It depends, not on hardware or RAM but on... RESOURCE MANAGEMENT...! iOS lack a Virtual Machine architecture and runs native on the hardware (As opposed to Android which 'emulates' the OS on a VM, also called Byte Code). iOS also happen to lack The "Garbage Collector" which basically clears your cache memory to free up RAM... iOS also lack UI rendering on the primary thread because it is NOT a VM but runs natively...! In iOS, a separate secondary thread renders the UI which has THE HIGHEST system priority... So even if the primary thread is SUPER busy and is processing a TON of data, the UI will remain SMOOTH as silk...!!! Same is true about Windows Phone... Whereas on Android, UI will start to lag simply because the animation is in the pipeline of a SUPER BUSY thread (Beginning a PRIMAR thread, that's why!) and the system will execute it sequentially... Which takes time! That's why iOS don't "LAG", in a manner of speaking... Even when iOS hardware is bottle necking and struggling, the UI will STILL be fluid because The UI possess the highest priority...! iDay!

27. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Correction: "Being" a PRIMARY thread, that's why!

28. dnomadic

Posts: 401; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This is great! That is more a software answer isn't it? The original comment was that the processor was leagues away from anything else. It isn't! Yet, it is a great little processor. addressing lag... I own both Android high end and newer inexpensive high end Androids (Axon 7 - OnePlus 3). I also has an SE and the 6s.... Guess what.... They all stutter and occasionally.

33. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

If you know nothing on how hardware works, you wouldn't spew that nonsense. I can load up apps way faster on an ultrabook with an SSD than on a gaming rig with i7 extreme running on HDD. That doesn't make the ultrabook faster computer since heavy tasks will make it run like a little bitch. Running an app is more of a process of executing a binary from the system memory(RAM). To do that, you need to bring it in RAM first. Since the write speed of RAM is much higher than the read speed in your system storage, it depends on how fast you can read the binary from your primary storage. As you probably know, Apple is using NVMe based SSD in their iPhones since 2015. This has an SLC cache which is much faster than the storage on android phones, explaining why apps load up faster. Number of cores don't matter if you don't have a fast enough storage. The cores and their speeds only matter once you are number crunching as in the case of geekbench, where the S7 will crush the SE by at least 50%. I'm sorry old man, but your knowledge of hardware is as dated as you yourself. Whatever you said was absolutely right but Samsung does the same with their Exynos processors with rendering done either through the A53 cores or using hardware acceleration from the GPU(you need to turn this on in developer settings). Anyway, as I said, your statement would have been very true a few years ago. Not anymore. Not once did my S6 stutter after getting updated to marshmallow. And my oneplus 3 is pretty smooth as well( not as much as the s6 though, but cyanogenmod fixes that).

49. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Man! I have never seen so much bulls**t in a post in quite a while... 1) Android does not emulate the OS in a VM, just the applications. Android is Linux and compiled like any other OS. The VM run INSIDE the OS, not the other way around. 2) iOS HAS a kind of garbage collector, it is called ARC. It works a bit different than in Android: more efficient but also more prone to issues with memory management. 3) GC does not clean the cache, but the unused objects in memory. Also Android used "Ahead of time" compilation, not bytecode for quite a while now. 4) The priority of the UI thread has nothing to do with running in a VM or not, just how the prioritization of threads is done in the OS. Read 1) again. 5) iOS tends to be better optimized for the HW, as they have more volume than the other vendors and have better control for HW & SW integration. But that does not means it does not LAG, just that it tends to LAG less than most of Android devices, expecially the mid to low end (they also cost a lot more). The only part you wer rith is that Multicore is not as important as Single Thread performance, but not because Applications are optimized for DUAL CORE (except of course in iOS). In Android they are mostly optimized for QUAD CORE). It just happens that optimizing for multiple cores is very difficult and costly, so developers do their best but can not spend too many resources there.

61. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, I'm no HARDWARE TECH GOD but... I quote: "Few Reasons given below: 1. Hardware and Software is very much glued to each other in iOS. Small set of hardware it has to support. iOS doesn't back port mostly. Older hardware is not supported by latest OS. So software is thin in that way. While Android has a huge range of hardwares to support, makes it thick. 2. Android apps are written in Java which runs on JVM. VM's are in general slower as it's an extra layer on OS. Read more on Virtual Machines to know why. 3. iOS operating system is highly optimised. It is not open source so that is another plus point for iOS in terms of high performance due to less junk code. 4. Hardware of Apple devices are specifically designed for high performance. The processor and RAM is not the only factor to achieve high performance but the cache memory, bus speed, IO buffer, micro controllers etc all play bigger part. Hope it helped. Thank you." Source:https://www.quora.com/Why-does-iOS-run-faster-than-Android-on-less-powerful-hardware I was indeed wrong about emulation... I really thought that the whole Android is just a bloody emulator, my apologies! But come to think of it, almost EVERYTHING that's going on in Android runs on a VM... So, Android IS an emulator, in a manner of speaking! Mate, VM is an EXTRA lair of software... And since we have established that Android is an emulator, the HARDWARE simply can't prioritize The UI and Animations! In short: Android just can't stop lagging...! As I use to say; lagging is in its very code, and in turn, very nature! iOS and Windows Mobile will ALWAYS be smoother than Android for the given hardware... Because they're MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEMS in NATURE... Not some desktop OS that's been hacked and slashed to work on Mobile Platform! iDay!

69. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Seriously? It is not that you are not a HW TECH GOD, it is more like you are a noob... 1. iOS back port A LOT, one thing Apple is famous for is that old HW can run their latest OS, and it is not a bad thing as you try to make it. 2. Yes, Android apps are written in Java wich runs in a JVM (Dalvik in Android, which is JIT or Just in time) UNLESS you compile them AOT (ahead of time). Android uses ART (Android runtime) instead of Dalvik since 4.4 (kit kat) and uses AOT, so no JVM... 3. Open source code is normally better optimized, as much more people can look into the code. 4. cache memory, bus speed, IO buffer, micro controllers etc, are normally part of the SoC and many even part of the processor, so you have no idea what you are talking about (again). Seriously, go troll about something you have a a clue...

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