iPhone 7 Plus hits Geekbench: Apple A10 looks beastly


With Apple set to finally unveil the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at a special event on Wednesday, the larger model has been spotted via Geekbench. Though the iPhone 7 duo is not expected to look radically different, a recent leak from KGI hinted that under-the-hood improvements will be significant. With a couple of days to go until the device's grand unveiling, the Geekbench sighting appears to confirm this notion. 

The dual-core A10 of iPhone9,3 — which seems likely to be the iPhone 7 Plus though could be the smaller model — achieves a single-core score of 3379. If true, this marks a gigantic leap over the 2526 single-core score we got with the iPhone 6s Plus, and shows the A10 to excel in this category versus its peers. By comparison, the Exynos 8890 of our Galaxy Note 7 on Geekbench managed a single-core score of 2067.66. Per Geekbench, the Snapdragon 820 version of the Samsung phablet has yet to exceed a single-core score of 1896.

The iPhone 7 Plus' multi-core score of 5495 is also a big jump on its predecessor, which managed 4404 in our testing. For an idea of how this stacks up against the rest of the field, the Exynos 8890 scored just under 6100 in our own multi-core tests with the Note 7, while the Snapdragon 820 flavor peaks at 5511 on Geekbench. 

Where KGI's Ming-Chi Quo suggested a 2.4 GHz processor and 3 GB of RAM, this sighting indicates that there will only be 2 GB RAM. Either way, there seems little doubt that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be powerhouses. 

If you'd like to further scrutinise these new benchmarks, you can do so by hitting the source, and we'll surely keep you posted on any further information between now and the grand unveiling. 

source: Geekbench via MyDrivers

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
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  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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88 Comments

1. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Wow, Samsung really is doing a poor job of optimizing their SD versions. Multiple sources aren't lying after all. But the A10 looks great. Personally, I don't know where all this processing power is going these days...more than likely making up for poorly optimized software.

17. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I'm going to go ahead and say it. iPhone 7 > Note 7 I'm a performance guy, and I might just make the switch from Android with those kind of numbers. Kudos to Apple. iPhone 7 might just be the phone of the year.

32. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I'm having a huge feeling that the iphone 7+ will be the phone of the year tbh.. After months of bashing. I'll gladly pick on up as soon as it drops. With the news and bad timing of the galaxy note7 explode issues, samsung has finally managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. So I'm calling it now. The ip7+ will own the year.

42. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm really interest to see the ip7+'s camera If rumors are true, its got a bigger sensor size, wider aperture and dual sensor The sensor size and aperture haven't improved since the 5S, so its amazing the 6S+ is still among the best The ip7+ could very well have the best camera this year And the ip7's NAND The 6S's is still the fastest, IMO its likely the ip7 will have even faster NAND, given how quick the NAND industy is improving and the higher storage sizes this year

33. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, poor Samsung with their 6600-8800 Geekbench scores. I'll bet they wish they could get that 5500 the iPhone got.

35. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Those numbers are in geekbench 4 it gives now a alower scores on android re check your note 7 score now u will find it lower than before.

44. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It still doesn't matter. The iPhone7 might be the fastest smartphone, but the iPhone7 will not be the most capable smartphone - that criteria goes to Android smartphones, especially Samsung's. Apple A10 might be the fastest SoC, but lets take into consideration the lightweight iOS the A10 has to push, versus the heavyweight Android OS the Exynos 8890 is pushing! Speed vs versatility? It's a matter of preference. Besides, other Android smartphones like Nexus and Xperia are just as fast, if not faster than iPhones, yet still does more and pushes more load (display resolution too) than the iPhone!

49. jeevanand88 unregistered

Ur comparison about light weight and heavy weight is OK... but its all about the BALANCE! we can only yield the maximum performance at a point where the hardware and software is perfectly balanced. Apple got it right and android doesn't (other than stock android). It is good that having things to customize but it should be within the capability of hardware which is what apple is blending with from ip5s. It is really don't make any sense having the OS beyond the reach of hardware. Android needs to optimize the platform well below the hardware's nominal capability. Lets see how android 7.0 performs!

52. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"hardware and software perfectly balanced" Explain how iOS and iPhone are perfectly balanced. "Android needs to optimize the plartform well below the hardware's normal capability" BELOW THE NORMAL CAPABILITY? You mean offering less features than what the hardware is capable of handling? What would be the point of having great hardware capabilities, if the Android platform is optimized "below the normal capability"? I fail to understand what you're implying there. You're aware that the Android OS is built to support a vast variety of hardware capabilities, right? From low- to mid- to high-end hardwares. Apple only makes flagship iPhones. Apple does not have the hassle Google has in optimizing Android, so Apple can focus on optimizing iOS for high-end hardware capabilities alone. Google has to try it's best to optimize Android for all sorts of harware capabilities, SoCs, screen size and display resolutions. I just don't get your point, bruh.

54. Leo_MC

Posts: 7207; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I give three things: smaller batteries which are delivering higher battery life (per mAh and sometimes overall); fps in games (no need to go any further than that); resolution.

61. jeevanand88 unregistered

Well! U know apple's processor is inferior than the major android devises. Most of the android flagships boasts highly superior hardware having 8 cores to 16 core processors, but still it lags over the period of time which means it still wants to eat more GHz. the only difference here is OS. I have 6s which is rooted with cydia does have customizations more than even android and runs as smooth as butter. I have also used rooted android installed on my s6 but never felt to keep any custom ROMs for more than a month coz it slowsdown over the period of time. I have s7 edge which is beautiful as f**k but it also lags even while swiping through pictures. what does that mean? even a flagship mobile with high end hardware can't handle the android platform any better. android platform should depend on minimum hardware requirement. for example the requirement of RAM is increasing in its every release, but the OS's hardware requirement needs to be in decreasing trend. As you know apple still don't want to increase its number cores or number of RAM for its OS. thats what we call as OS optimization. It doesn't matter at what resolution the screen functions, its all about not compromising on the performance. Nobody wants an 800$ phone to lag like a sheep but everyone wants it to run like a King! Ur point on optimizing for mid range phones are out of point here!! if it is optimized also for mid range hardware, it should work good enuf with flagship models right? Do u need a shear performance at 1080p or a 2K or 4K screen quality resolution with laggy performance? As far as my usage on both IOS and android, the feature & customization quantity of difference is not so huge today than before.

82. h1a82001

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Apples chip is superior to any android chip. The cache is extremely large which is the secret to speed. Adding in large cache is extremely difficult and expensive. Clock speeds are absolutely meaningless when comparing DIFFERENT processors with different architecture. Going by Ghz is asinine. Otherwise some AMD processors should be faster than some Intel ones since they have higher clock speeds. The exynos processors are good. My note 5 hasn't lagged over time (unlike snapdragon counterpart). I have an iPhone 6s Plus, note 5, lg G5. iPhone 6s is fastest and has the best texting (fast screen response) and feels the best in hand. The note 5 is more efficient when doing tasks (less operations to do something) and notifications are a lot better and has more options and features I use. The G5 has ir blaster I always use at restaurants, tire shop, etc. and wide screen cameras I used to record my chess games.

94. Nopers unregistered

But comparing them both in the same application doing the same heavy workload even the A9 trashes the exynos 8890. Lightweight OS is clearly an advantage if you don't use the android bloat, exynos 8890 can't keep anything in RAMso you're constantly reloading applications, its kind of sad because I wanted a note 7 but the only advantage it really has over the iPhone 7 for me is the display and I can live with slightly less vivid colours and a lower resolution but I can't be waiting for apps to reload constantly.

41. Unordinary unregistered

Cus multi score is really what matters. /S

47. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Single core performance matters no more than multicore. Single core is more for gaming, multi-core is more for battery efficiency and background processes like syncing/widgets/webpage pre-fetching/notifications/backup/etc, which are just as, if not more, important than gaming on a Smartphone. With processes like SurfaceFlinger ( http://goo.gl/xDDRHN ), which take advantage of multiple cores in pre-determining where objects are going to be drawn on-screen prior to sending it to the GPU to draw it (regardless if app is programmed for single core or multicore), the performance difference in gaming is insignificant.

91. SteveS

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

As someone with many years of development experience, I can say this... By far, most workloads only leverage single cores. There are in fact some workloads that do leverage multiple cores, but they are less common. Another issue to consider is thermal limitations. While all phones can handle small benchmarks like Geekbench at peek performance, in real life (like playing games, etc.), some phones run into thermal limitations after 5 to 10 minutes hand have to throttle down. This has been a big issue for Android devices, especially those dependent on the Qualcomm chips. The Anandtech reviews do a pretty good job of demonstrating this with their battery run down tests.

78. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure the number of cores does have an effect on the multi-core benchmark number. You have to remember this is still a dual-core processor going up against a quad-core one in the Note 7. So, of course, 4 cores are going to out bench a dual core processor.

65. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

What's faster? 1 person making a birdhouse or 2 people making a birdhouse? Obviously 2 people making it would be faster. Would it be directly 2x faster? Probably not because they have to coordinate themselves with different tasks.

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

We should respect Apple for achieving that every iPhone release! iPhone 7 Plus will be the fastest smartphone in 2016/2017.

9. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Fastest you say... You judge that by one benchmark??? Ok. If it is like this, then fast in single core, but lacking in multicore by 8 months old SD820. Where is faster? Real life is more important. When you have real multitasking e.g. split screen or something, on iPhone, then you can compare. Numbers in benchmarks are important, but not the only measure. And even there iPhone is "king" only in singlecore performance.

11. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

14. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

That test has no relation to the speed of a chip. I can fit a galaxy S4 with an NVMe storage and a decent enough RAM and it will run circles around the note 7 in this speed test. That won't mean the S4 has a faster processor.

18. Rafishant

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Well, Yann argued about real life speed, and John showed him one of the real life phone performance.

22. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Oops, I read it wrong lol. My bad.

12. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Snapdragon 820 gets 4000 in multi-core. This is about 40% faster in multi-core compared to 820. In fact, this score is on par with the kirin 950 and Exynos 8890 in multi-core and way ahead of them in single-core. What I'm more interested in is the storage speed since that is more of an indication of overall performance of a phone and app loading times.

19. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Yeah, I wonder if Apple will use a dedicated controller better than before, which would boost the read write a bit more. I wouldn't be surprised if they crush competition on storage speeds again, lol

26. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

The real shame is that android manufacturers are just focused on bumping the specs and trying to differentiate themselves, while Apple is focusing on real life advantages and actually making a difference. No android manufacturer has even cared about using a faster storage since S6 debuted with UFS 2.0. They are using the same storage for about 2 years now. Android SoCs have much lower cache compared to A series SoCs too, which leads to much higher fetch latencies and hence poorer performance. Not to mention the crappy overall performance. Apple is just widening the gap at this point and looks like Intel is doing with AMD.

38. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

45. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

That's geekbench 3. This is geekbench 4. Snapdragon 820 scores between 4000-4200 in here. And Exynos 8893 doesn't exist. That PA article you are referring to was a rumor which didn't pan out as Samsung released Note 7 with Exynos 8890. Also the model number of Note 7 is N930F, not N935F.

13. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

R u really that dumb? Even the note 7 scores 5600 on geekbench 4, and we are not even sure if this is the plus or normal model. Even if you consider this and compare it to the 821, which would be 5-10% faster, this still crushes it. Btw 820 scores 4400 in geekbench 4, so what freaking world are you living in? It beats the 820 in multicore by 25%

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