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iPhone 5 A6 doubles iPad 3 score and beats S3?

Ardjuna Seghers


iPhone 5 A6 doubles iPad 3 score and beats S3?

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Take this with a pinch of salt, but a supposed Geekbench score has revealed that the Apple-modified, 1GHz ARM V7 chip in the new iPhone 5, a dual-core A6, outpaces many other smartphones - as well as Apple’s own flagship iPad 3 tablet - when it comes to raw number crunching in version 2.3.4 of the iOS benchmark.

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With 1601 points to its name, the supposed iPhone 5 benchmark score dug up by 9to5Mac beats the 1560-scoring Galaxy S3 with its quad-core Exynos processor, while the likewise quad-core Tegra 3 chip in the Asus/Google Nexus 7 manages 1591. Of course, the Galaxy Note 2 will have a faster CPU still and the Nexus 7 is not exactly the fastest-clocked Tegra 3 around, but this is impressive stuff nonetheless.

iPhone 5 A6 doubles iPad 3 score and beats S3?

However, don’t base too much on these scores even if they are true. After all, artificial benchmarks rarely tell the full story, as is interestingly demonstrated by the fact that the HTC One S, with its 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, is ranked far below the above devices – despite the S4 architecture being known to beat a similarly clocked Tegra 3 in a number of scenarios. Also, depending on how heavily threaded an app or the OS itself are, an extra two cores may well come in handy.

Anyway, if you want bragging rights to the best performance, keep an eye out for the new LG flagship phone that’s just been announced in Korea, the LG Optimus G. This mega-smartphone with its 4.70-inch HD IPS screen packs in the newest quad-core version of Qualcomm’s S4 along with lightning-fast Adreno 320 graphics, and backs them with a whopping 2GB of RAM (just like on some versions of the S4).

However, you’ll need to wait till the beginning of 2013 to get your hands on one of those, so for now it would appear the iPhone 5 might well be able to put a feather in its cap. Of course, we’ll have to see if performance numbers across the board with confirmed retail iPhone 5s will match the potential being shown off here, and even the Note 2 may already kick it off its high spot.


September 18, 2012, 7:40 pm

Emm not really..

i'll just leave this here ... http://browser.primatelabs....

But still the power they managed to get out of that processor is amazing, but won't this cause the same fragmentation issue as android 4/4s holding back the 5?


September 18, 2012, 9:47 pm

sooooo whats this all about? http://browser.primatelabs....

if you guys are looking at the american benchmarks of the galaxy s3 does that even matter as im sure im right in saying the European quad core version is stronger which may reflect the results ive shown here. i could be wrong please explain if you can because according to my evidence there the iphone 5 is outpaced by the galaxy s3.


September 19, 2012, 12:41 am

Anandtech did some analysis on this: http://www.anandtech.com/sh...

Note what they say at the end; they've found GeekBench unsuitable for comparing between iOS and Android devices.


September 19, 2012, 4:14 am

btw .. Change the title a little bit? because no where does it beat the Samsung s3.

Doesn't really matter, people don't buy iphones for its power but for its "user experience"
my s3 did 1901 (not rooted or anything..) Seen scors of 2000+

So meh.. to this article.

Umair Anwar

September 20, 2012, 1:36 am

WRONG!! S3 scores 1781... http://www.itproportal.com/...

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