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.

Thread beginning with comment 649202
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Healthy dose of skepticism
by gpsnoopy on Sun 24th Sep 2017 10:14 UTC
Member since:

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.

Reply Score: 8

v RE: Healthy dose of skepticism
by leech on Sun 24th Sep 2017 17:10 in reply to "Healthy dose of skepticism"
Jonteponte7112 Member since:

These kinds of videos are all over Youtube. For now, they are as close as we are going to get to "real-world tests". But I think you new that already.

The results are basically the same as the benchmarks suggests. And has been for a couple of years now. iPhones are faster in most of the tests. Even older iPhones are faster than newer Android flagships in many tests. As the iPhone is here.

And all of this even though Android flagships have SOC's with more cores, more "gigahertz" and in some cases double the memory (3Gb vs 6Gb).

It really is quite embarrassing.

The export of the 4K video is a particularly illuminating example of a "real-world usecase".

Any technology enthusiast arguing that more speed on mobile devices "isn't really needed" is lying to themselves because they just can't bear that Apple is two generations ahead in this regard compared to their own favourite brand of Android smartphone.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE: Healthy dose of skepticism
by Carewolf on Thu 28th Sep 2017 14:23 in reply to "Healthy dose of skepticism"
Carewolf Member since:

You get five times higher numbers if you pretend to a mobile device when running geekbench. The numbers CANNOT be compared cross platforms. You can't even compare Android and iOS number

Reply Parent Score: 2