iPhone 5 tops benchmark chart
Seemingly beats phones, tablets
Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 is one of the fastest ARM devices out there, beating even the Asus-made Google Nexus 7, if benchmark data posted online are to be believed.
An entry in the Geekbench database spotted this weekend - the figures were uploaded yesterday - shows the new handset clocking up a score of 1601. The readout indicates a dual-core ARMv7 CPU running at 1GHz and equipped with 1GB of memory.
Compare that to the Nexus 7's score of 1591 and the Asus Transformer Prime TF201's 1497, and the iPhone 5 result, if genuine, shows the handset beating tablets.
That's no surprise, perhaps. Samsung's stock Galaxy S III does too. But its score, 1560, is still behind that of the purported iPhone 5 result. Run Jelly Bean on the S III and it retakes the lead, however, with a suspiciously spectacular 1781. An extra 221 points with a new OS? Well, possibly.
It's interesting to note too that all these devices contain quad-core processors. Apple's A6, however, seems to be a dual-core part, though there's not yet official confirmation of this, or that it's Apple's first custom ARM core, as Anandtech reckons.
Based on Apple's own pictures of the A6, and the codenumbers printed on the chip package, iFixit.com and Macrumors have jointly confirmed that the Samsung-made part does indeed contain 1GB of LPDDR 2 Ram.
Of course, that doesn't mean the iPhone 5 Geekbench data is real. ®
New hardware is faster than old hardware.
That's right. And you read it here first on El Reg.
Same program + Different hardware = Fair test
Different program + Different hardware = WTF?
Science people!! Change ONE variable.
Critical thinking for the win!
Anyone would think apps Geekbench worked identically acorss platforms and didn't give totally strange results on different platform.
Re: Poor haters
But it isn't anything new - there *are* other phones out there, ignoring whatever OS is on them, because it seems mentioning "Android" suddenly polarises people (oops), which achieve virtually equal performance, equally good battery performance, in equally slim designs, but they've been on sale for months.
Like you, I'm not an iPhone lover, but neither am I knocking the new one - good design, bulletproof build quality, good innards, but let's stop calling the thing technologically special, let alone revolutionary.
Jelly Bean was a performance release in part (Project Butter) so it wouldn't surprise me if they went in and did tune the scheduler and filesystem in some ways that yielded extra points in a benchmark.