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: Healthy dose of skepticism
by leech on Sun 24th Sep 2017 17:10 UTC in reply to "Healthy dose of skepticism"
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There is none. So... They can inevitably say 'fastest iPhone ever' and it'll be true. No one can actually say 'fastest phone ever' and have it be true because the operating system is a huge chunk of how fast a phone is. If you could install Android on an iPhone or iOS on an Android phone, then run the benchmarks to see which is faster it'd work. But since you can't really do that...

Only phone benchmarks that probably matter would be ones where they see how many applications are instant to load (which from what I saw the Note 8 trounces everything because (surprise!) it has 6GB of RAM. The only other one I could see is how well a phone captures video, or edits, or you know.. ACTUAL application usage. And even then they should state 'iPhone # w/iOS ## is faster/slower than 'Android model Whatever using Android delicious desert name.'

By the way, I've NEVER seen a video that compares such things.

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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.

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leech Member since:

Actually that is honestly the first video I've seen where someone does that! All the other ones I've seen are the dumb 'how fast does this application that I just had open re-open.' type of test. As if people continuously open and close applications.

And to be fair, most of that 'review' is still 'opening and closing of programs'.

Edited 2017-09-25 07:16 UTC

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