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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RE[2]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by ggeldenhuys on Sun 24th Sep 2017 15:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by PJBonoVox"
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Phone prices are getting ridiculous!

I couldn't agree more! It is absolutely crazy - they have entered or surpassed the laptop pricing. I can do so much more (useful things) on a laptop, and normally not bound to only one OS vendor that will artificially force me to upgrade or brand my hardware as obsolete in a year's time.

I'm still using a Google Nexus 4 which has received every Android update since it's release in 2012 (until this year) and my phone still runs every app under the sun just fine. All that for a fraction of what a Apple or Samsung phone costs.

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RE[3]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by leech on Sun 24th Sep 2017 16:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
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On the bright side of things, I can actually use my Note 8 as a desktop system with the Dex Station (though for the love of god, why can't I use Firefox? It gives me an error about 'being made for phone touch screens)

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RE[3]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by agildehaus on Sun 24th Sep 2017 18:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
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Nexus 4 started out on Jelly Bean and received KitKat and Lollipop (5.0-5.1). All others are unofficial ports that no regular user should or could install on their phone.

Edited 2017-09-24 18:49 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by ggeldenhuys on Sun 24th Sep 2017 22:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
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Correct, and official Google updates for Nexus4 only stopped this year. That's pretty darn impressive.

Then there is also the fact that you can install other phone OSes on a Nexus, like the Ubuntu Phone OS. I actually tried that out back in 2013 I think it was, but then switched back to Android after a week or two.

Also, with the Nexus, I can install any version of Android that was supported for the phone. eg: just recently I reverted back to Android 4.4.4 as I liked that one the most and and the least annoyances. Try that with an Apple product. I simply hate that "artificial limitations" that Apple and other companies push. Google seems to be the exception here - at least as far as my Nexus4 is concerned.

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