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iPhone 6 beats competition in early benchmark tests

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Preliminary benchmark tests show that the iPhone 6 is more capable than its rivals in a number of key areas.

You may have noticed that the iPhone 6 has been rather popular since its release late last week. Of course, there are plenty who claim that the hype is unwarranted.

While we'd agree that some of it has been excessive, there can be no denying that the iPhone 6 is a highly capable device. That's empirically the case, as Anandtech's preliminary benchmark results reveal.

The hardware-focused tech site has posted early benchmark results for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ahead of its full technical review. These include browser, game, and battery tests that put the Apple A8 chip's processor and GPU components through their paces.

Put simply, the iPhone 6 is seriously fast. In all three of the browser tests - which as the site says "serve as a relatively useful proxy for CPU performance" - the A8 trounces most of the competition. Only the Nvidia Shield Tablet with its Tegra K1 CPU really competes, with the iPhone 5S following not too far behind.

As the reviewer notes, though, the subtle but notable improvement from the latter's A7 to the A8 suggests that the new chip - while having a similar architecture - has more about it than a simple frequency bump.

On the GPU front, the iPhone 6 also performs strongly, though it doesn't have things all its own way. The Nvidia Shield Tablet hammers all-comers, as befits a chip based on desktop and console architecture, but the iPhone 6's A8 chip comes second on all but one of the GFXBench tests (and it's the iPhone 5S's A7 that pips it there).

3DMark performance shows the A8 chip's one weakness against its rivals. While it comes second on the graphics test again, it comes near the bottom of the pile on the physics test - something the iPhone 5S also struggled with.

The final test relates to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus's battery life. Using the site's web browsing test, the iPhone 6 Plus came second out of 25 behind the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, while the iPhone 6 came fifth, immediately behind the Motorola Moto G and the HTC One E8.

So, the iPhone 6 may "only" run on a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM, but it certainly knows how to use it.

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Markus76

September 23, 2014, 11:13 am

Is this the Anandtech whose founder, Anand, works for Apple? (Yes really!)

Prem Desai

September 23, 2014, 12:21 pm

Benchmarks aside, I don't think the iPhone 6 can can do anything that the iPhone 5 can't do. May be a few microseconds faster, but that's it.

The screen size would be the only reason to upgrade - at the moment ....

MikkaMakkaMoo

September 23, 2014, 2:08 pm

It's a shame that you can knock his personal preferences, given all the passion he has devoted to Anandtech over the last 17 years. He has created what has been consistently one of the best in-depth, objective technical review sites on the internet. And it has served PC users for far longer than Mac users, and still continues to do so today.

Chris

September 23, 2014, 3:07 pm

Anand left Markus if you kept up with things and not just spouted nonesence you would know this.

They are still the only tech site worth visiting for benchmarking as they use the same test for every phone or GPU instead of random tests that show one is better than the other as some other sites I could list do.

Dout people care how it performs in benchmarks useful for tech people to look at but little else.

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