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[3]: So....
by grat on Mon 25th Sep 2017 19:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So...."
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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.

Ok, that's a valid reason. Although I think that might be better served by custom hardware rather than ramping up a general purpose CPU to achieve the same effect (much as hardware encoding is superior to software encoding), I understand the standards, and therefore the HW processing units aren't ready for prime time.

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RE[4]: So....
by tylerdurden on Mon 25th Sep 2017 22:46 in reply to "RE[3]: So...."
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There's custom HW in those chips for those applications. Lots of DSP, custom IP blocks in there.

They're called SoC (System on a Chip) for a reason.

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