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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RE[2]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by leos on Mon 25th Sep 2017 17:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by PJBonoVox"
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

"I agree they're making good leaps, but remember that that this is a £700 phone. £700!

The two Samsung phones benchmarked against the iPhones are also similarly priced, or more. The Note 8 is supposedly around the US$1000 mark. Phone prices are getting ridiculous!
"

Nonsense. I can walk into Walmart and get a perfectly good Android phone for $100 (CAD) https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/acer-liquid-zest-5-3g-smartphone/600019...
Or even less on Amazon. If you want the highest of the high end you will pay for it, but smartphone technology is cheaper than ever. My current iPhone 5S I bought for $80 used. Will probably replace with an SE soon.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, I think there is a lot of value in getting an old iphone that still gets security updates. Android not as much, if you care about other people reading your messages, data on the device, or browsing habits.

Most people don't, and the threat for most people is theoretical, so I get why they don't really care. They will care if malware becomes more of an issue on phones. The recent bluetooth issue sounds pretty bad. But again, you'd need to care about your data/privacy in the first place.

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RE[3]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by SaschaW on Mon 25th Sep 2017 19:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
SaschaW Member since:
2007-07-19

I think he was talking about high-end phones

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RE[4]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by leos on Mon 25th Sep 2017 20:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I think he was talking about high-end phones


Right. And there it is not insane either. We can see from this benchmark that the iPhone 8 has a chip that can outperform some mid-range laptops. So is it really so surprising that it is starting to approach laptop prices? The money doesn't go to the extra plastic required to make a bigger device.

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RE[4]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by kurkosdr on Mon 25th Sep 2017 21:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
kurkosdr Member since:
2011-04-11

I think he was talking about high-end phones


Exactly. Apple's plan with the A11 wasn't to rival a mid-range phone's performance per dollar. It was about being a lot faster than Android phones in the same price range by a good margin and basically put Exynos and Snapdragon to shame.

Edited 2017-09-25 21:19 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by PJBonoVox
by Soulbender on Tue 26th Sep 2017 05:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by PJBonoVox"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Complaining that high-end phones are expensive would be even more ridiculous.

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