Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Sep 2017 00:09 UTC

The "Bionic" part in the name of Apple's A11 Bionic chip isn't just marketing speak. It's the most powerful processor ever put in a mobile phone. We've put this chip to the test in both synthetic benchmarks and some real-world speed trials, and it obliterates every Android phone we tested.

As far as SoCs go, Apple is incredibly far ahead of Qualcomm and Samsung. These companies have some serious soul-searching to do.

I can't wait for AnandTech to dive into the A11 Bionic, so we can get some more details than just people comparing GeekBench scores.

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Healthy dose of skepticism
by gpsnoopy on Sun 24th Sep 2017 10:14 UTC
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The lack of transparency, diversity and homogeneity in benchmarking mobile platforms makes these articles and their conclusions dubious at best.

GeekBench has always been heavily criticised and should not be used to make any valid conclusion.

When a benchmark points at a mobile phone SOC being faster than Intel's i5 CPU, one can either *believe* in everything Apple, or one can do some proper journalism and bring a healthy dose of skepticism.

I long for a decent set of benchmark tools and procedures when benchmarking mobile CPUs like we see with Intel and AMD products. For some reason, when it comes to mobile CPUs, the press seems content with running a couple of glorified demos and the odd webbrowser JavaScripts performance test (while making sure no two platforms use the same browser).

Cause so far, I still have no palatable understanding of mobile performance characteristics. Whereas I know what I can realistically expect of an Intel or AMD CPU in a large palette of practical applications.

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