iPhone 7 Plus benchmark allegedly caught on camera. It may have 3 GB of RAM?

So, the 2016 iPhones are coming and, thanks to a hurricane of leaks, we have a pretty good general idea of how they are going to look. But that is, of course, not the only mystery surrounding them. Starting with the name – some divisive leaks suggest that the new models will not come with the number 7 attached to them; we still don't know whether or not we will see a new color in the lineup; there is still no definite answer to the question if there will be two or three iPhone 7 variants; and we can't say for certain how Apple would employ the alleged dual camera that should be mounted on the Plus / Pro.

All that said, the hardware of the phones is still shrouded in mystery. Apple has never aimed to be flashy in that department — no dozen-core processors, no crazy amounts of RAM — which is probably why the rumor mill doesn't find it as exciting to dwell on. The company is well-known for launching snappy-running smartphones that don't impress when compared to the competition on paper, but still performs as good as — or better than some of — its rivals. Great for iPhone users, but not that exciting for speculators.

But we digress. A recent leak, posted on the forums of Chinese tech site Feng.com, claims to show us a preliminary benchmark, performed on the iPhone 7 Plus. The leak consists of a photo snap of a computer monitor, displaying part of the results from a Geekbench test. From what is visible, we can see that the unit is not officially named – it carries the name iPhone9,2, so, if we are to assume this is legitimate, it was obviously done on a prototype unit. Further below, it is seen that the test was performed on the 28th of June, so we are definitely taking this with a huge grain of salt.

On to the interesting stuff, we've got a dual-core processor that runs at 2.37 GHz. That's slightly faster than the 2.26 GHz Apple A9X SoC found inside the iPad Pro and the benchmark score reflects that, showing the test unit performed a bit better in both the single-core and multi-core tests than your average iPad Pro (~3200 / ~5500 points for iPad Pro vs ~3500 / ~6400 points for this alleged iPhone9,2). We've also got 3 GB of RAM, which is exciting, but again raises doubt — Apple spent quite a lot of time churning out phones with 1 GB of RAM, before caving in and installing 2 GB of RAM on the iPhone 6s only a year ago. While it's not impossible that this year's units may get another bump in that department, and we've definitely heard speculation on the matter before, it still looks like a move that would be slightly out of character.

Unfortunately, we get no information on cameras, as Geekbench doesn't focus on anything but processing power. Of course, we also have absolutely no way of knowing whether this image has been doctored in some way. Our own search through Geekbench's website returned no results for the mystery unit.

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  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Edi wow


Posts: 943; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

It's fake. It was confirmed fake on Macrumors. " Primate Labs founder John Poole has said the Geekbench results are fake."

19. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

It already beats the iPAD Pro and it's only a Dual core SoC... Apple on a whole new level

35. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The iPad pro also has a dual core SoC, didn't you onow that? Anyways this happens every year; apple releases a new A-series chip which beats the prior generation AX-series one. However, although the gap between the two widened more than ever in the 2015 generations of these, it doesn't look like that will be the case this year. The gap is rumored to shorten, unfortunately.

39. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Ye I knew that. What I didn't know until a few hours ago tho the benchmark is fake lol. Still, I think we should witness how powerful Apple can make their dual core A series chips every year and beat the latest snapdragon chips.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Omg my body is ready.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

For your sake I hope it is. The magnitude of shafting this year for iFans is off the charts. And as always, in classic Apple fashion, lube is extra.

32. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

ODL i'm dead lol, +1 mate.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll leave the lube to you because you would get more use out of it than anyone.

16. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Too bad, my wallet isn't...

3. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

that thing is a beast , android OEMs need to step up their game rather than depending on SD SoCs

9. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

That benchmark is false. So whatever. It should ideally go around 2700-2800 in single core score based on my prediction. And even that's a hopeful estimate. Though the 3MB of L2 cache already gave it away I guess. There is no way to get that much L2 cache in even desktop processors,

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree. There is no way a single core score will be 50% of the multicore score. It has never happened. First time for everything though, but I call BS on this.

17. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Where's the "TRANSFORMER"...? Did you change the avatar pic because of my "Techie The Transformer"...? Come-on! I didn't mean to insult you, lad... I was just playing with words, cause I love it...! i bend (for Samsung) Minus Genius Techie The Transformer Now, I just do it for fun... I'm not rude, and I definitely don't like to insult others... You can play with my GreenMan and I won't mind one single bit... Just NEVER EVER steal my... G'Day!™

43. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

he's been changed his picture for about a week now

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Even if it is real. Apple needs more RAM for their Swift runtime. Apple is trying to be more like Android, and their Swift language and runtime proves this. Why do you think Apple is trying to get more developers to use Swift instead of obj-c. So the Swift apps can run on OS/X and iOS. Not to mention Swift has a Linux runtime as well. This is where Android has a leg up on iOS, because Android already has a vast ecostem that is agnostic. Apple does not.

47. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You have no idea what you're talking about do you?

23. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2270; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It's not BS. Think of an enhanced A9X. That is what the A10 will be...These are true benchmarks.

24. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

The owner of primate labs said that it's fake. So yeah, it's 100% fake. Also no L3 cache and 3MB L2 cache is pure BS. Not to mention the 2972 MB RAM. There is no way a 3GB RAM phone has that much RAM for apps. It will be closer to 2800 MB, with the rest used as VRAM.

25. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I feel like it's legit tho? Cuz the A9X in the iPad Pro doesn't have any L3 Cache AND shares the same 3MB L2 cache as the A9X, which means they could be going the same approach. http://www.anandtech.com/show/9766/the-apple-ipad-pro-review/2 That 2.37Ghz seems sketchy tho...

27. Iodine

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

iPhone 6S already has 3MB L2 cache and it screams.

29. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Screams to be thrown in the trash

36. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Throw yourselves first!

37. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

even if that is true its still a beast , im planing to go for the V20 this year if it has a 4000 mah battery and the same build as the v10 but im sick of fantastic android phones being crippled by snapdragon bulls**t ! they ruined every flagship last year and this year they were not up to the expectations .. i just hope in the next 2 years every OEM will ditch snapdragon and start making or at least designing they own SoCs

4. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Please let the black version be real

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012


6. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Hopefully, The Plus and the regular size model will have at least 3GB of RAM. 2GB of RAM on a flagship is unacceptable, considering even some midrangers have more RAM.

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "onsidering even some midrangers have more RAM." SILENCE... And stand fast... I won't go into much technical mumbo jumbo... THREE THINGS why Android lags and need more RAM: 1. Garbage Collection. 2. UI Rendering on the Main Thread... 3. Java based Dalvik Virtual Machine (Byte Code) as opposed to Native C++ Support ala iOS & Windows Phone... My Lumia with a pathetic Cortex A7 (The slowest Core currently in production) Dual Core with just 1GB of DDR2 RAM glides and is SUPER FLUID. On the contrary, a similar Huawei Y560 with Snapdragon 210 Quad Core (Similar to my Lumia's SD200 except for 2 extra cores) hangs and stutter badly on Lollipop... So, get your facts right before commencing "bashing"... G'Day!™

20. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

I'm not bashing. My iPad Air 2 sometimes has to reload tabs in Safari with 2GB of RAM. There's nothing wrong with adding more RAM as long as the software can handle it.

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well GreeMan as you said get your fact right as well. Since android 5.0 Dalvik was replaced by ART wich is MUCH better all arround. i recommend to go instruct yourself :https://source.android.com/devices/tech/dalvik/ As for your comparison care to explain why a moto G 2013 is butter smooth and using an older SD400? i have simple explanation its called bad skin over android. So point 1 and 3 is tottaly crap as those been greatly made better. point 2 i will need to find out the real information. G'Day! :P

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