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

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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So....
by grat on Sun 24th Sep 2017 05:59 UTC
grat
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2006-02-02

... can it make phone calls?

I understand the desire for Phastest Phone Epher!!, but what is the actual benefit for the phone and the user?

Do we need a faster facebook or twitter? Will push notifications be faster?

It's certainly going to drain the battery faster, unless it spends most of the time idling at a speed easily matched by an iPhone 3.

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Just to complain...
by Fergy on Sun 24th Sep 2017 09:13 in reply to "So...."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Apple doesn't make a phone you want to buy. And you think anybody cares? Nothing is gained from reading your comment.

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RE: Just to complain...
by Fergy on Sun 24th Sep 2017 13:49 in reply to "Just to complain... "
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Don't just vote me down and not comment. I didn't do that to the complainer so why do it to me. If you found value in his comment; tell me what it is.

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RE: So....
by shotsman on Sun 24th Sep 2017 09:57 in reply to "So...."
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2005-07-22

It seems that all this extra power is for 4K video.
Can your iPhone 3 do real time 4K@60fps encoding/decoding/rendering? probably not.

Obviously if you don't do that stuff then you don't need a device with this power especially if all you do is make phone calls.

I do shoot 4K video on my DSLR and I know how much CPU power rendering takes even on a 12Core XEON system.

Apple is investing a lot of money in the guts of their devices. I'm sure that there is a lot more to come.
It seems fairly obvious that they are trying to reduce their dependency on 3rd parties (eg Qualcomm) for their products.
The work they are doing will spur other SOC vendors to up their game so it will in time benefit Android users.
So, even if you really loathe Apple you should at least tip your hat to the work they are doing on their SOC's.

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RE[2]: So....
by tylerdurden on Sun 24th Sep 2017 18:48 in reply to "RE: So...."
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

There's also a heavy push for VR and AR on mobile platforms. Lots of AI (image/shape identification, etc) is being done at the device level. Which requires a lot of heavy lifting.

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RE[2]: So....
by grat on Mon 25th Sep 2017 19:39 in reply to "RE: So...."
grat Member since:
2006-02-02

It seems that all this extra power is for 4K video.
Can your iPhone 3 do real time 4K@60fps encoding/decoding/rendering? probably not.


No (and I don't have an iPhone 3, either, I have a Pixel), but using a smart phone to replace either a DSLR or a 4K video camera seems a bit goofy. Unless the "liquid lens" technology that was touted a few years ago happens, I don't see smartphones competing with any of the standard DSLR lens... The F1.8/50mm, my F2.0 100mm macro, or a 70-200mm.

As for 4k video, my Pixel can already shoot / play at 30fps, but if you're serious about 4K video, you won't be doing it on a smartphone.

Ultimately, that's best served by dedicated hardware encoders that can handle 60 frames-per-second at 8.3 million pixels each-- with the right HW decoder, a Raspberry Pi can play back 1080P with no frames dropped.

Doing that with a general purpose CPU again, seems inefficient.

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RE: So....
by grat on Mon 25th Sep 2017 19:41 in reply to "So...."
grat Member since:
2006-02-02

Well, that should be a lesson-- never mock the iPhone press release.

You get down-voted into oblivion, with approximately two useful replies.

:)

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