Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Sep 2017 00:09 UTC
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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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Not marketing speak? I beg to differ
by avgalen on Mon 25th Sep 2017 08:08 UTC
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The "Bionic" part in the name of Apple's A11 Bionic chip isn't just marketing speak.


Ok, so what does Bionic mean to a SOC?
bionic
adjective
1. having or denoting an artificial, typically electromechanical, body part or parts.
2. relating to bionics. (Bionics is the application of biological methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology.)


So none of this has anything to do with being faster than other SOC's and hence the name is pure marketing. Even Apple said as much "We don't want our chips to just be a meaningless incrementing number that people will forget. When we added Fusion to our A10 people really responded positively so we wanted to add something similar to our next SOC" (quoted from memory)

Is the A11 chip fast? YES, both CPU and GPU
Is that needed/wanted for a phone? Probably only when it comes to games and camera functionality in which the iPhone is indeed doing a lot of heavy processing (computational photography, 6o fps 4K)
Will it hurt or benefit batterlife? A faster SOC should do the same work in less time so should spend it's time in low power standby a higher percentage of time, resulting in better battery life. Also, new SOC's are always touted to be faster and more energy efficient...yet it doesn't seem that the iPhone has improved battery life in any meaningful way.
Will a faster SOC speed up everything? No, if getting data is the bottleneck a faster SOC will not speed this up. iPhones are known to always be a generation behind of the latest-and-greatest network technologies and it seems this time is no different (500 mbps max vs 1000 mbps max on some Android devices)

Can anyone explain how the 8 and 8Plus have the same CPU/GPU but the 8Plus gets higher scores although it has to push a lot more pixels on the screen? Does any of these tests account for any resolution difference between devices (iPhones have relatively low resolution screens)

I do agree with most people here that the speed of the SOC now seems to be far above what is needed for normal use. "More is better", but for the general smoothness of the OS we reached a point of "good enough" about 3 years ago in the high-end and that has trickled down to all levels since last year. Even if you buy a 150 dollar Android phone now, the OS will react fast enough not to notice.
Here is a great way to "reverse-benchmark" an unknown device: Use it for a bit without seeing the device, try to guess the specs based on your experience

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