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by Rob Follis

22nd September, 2018


As Apple’s new iPhones arrive on the market, tech publications have begun testing them – and according to one, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max are by far the fastest smartphones on the planet.

In the process of its review, Tom’s Guide ran Geekbench 4 benchmark tests that saw the iPhone Xs/MAX achieve a massive speed advantage over the latest Android devices, all of which are playing catch-up not only to the latest Apple’s iPhones but even to last year's iPhone X.

Geekbench 4 Benchmarks

  • iPhone Xs Max - 11,515
  • iPhone Xs - 11,420
  • iPhone X 2017 - 10,35
  • OnePlus 6 - 9,088
  • Galaxy Note 9 - 8,876
  • LG G7 ThinQ - 8,566

Apple with the in-house designed A12 Bionic chip, is well ahead of the whole industry on chip manufacturing and the 7-nanometre process delivers some insane statistics such as 6.96 billion transistors and 5 trillion operations per seconds (That’s up from 600 billion for the A11) All this comes with greater power efficiency and longer battery life.

Apple's Phil Schiller commented: "The A12 is the industry's first chip to be built using a 7-nanometer manufacturing process, the smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone."

We know what you’re thinking: phones can be designed to perform well in benchmark tests, (Huawei were caught blatantly cheating earlier this year) but real-world performance is what matters, and to test that, the reviewer then checked the time it took the various devices to transcode a two-minute 4K video clip to 1080p using the Adobe Premiere Clips app.

Here, the iPhones fared even better, slaughtering the two quickest Android phones.

Adobe Premiere Clips Test

  • iPhone Xs Max - 39 secs
  • iPhone Xs - 39 secs
  • iPhone X 2017 - 43 secs
  • Galaxy S9+ - 2 minutes 32 secs
  • LG G7 ThinQ - 3 minutes 16 secs

Another test site noted: "App load times are vastly superior to the Galaxy Note 9 across the board."

That scorching performance all comes courtesy of Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, which features so much processing power that Apple is rumoured to be considering using to replace Intel Core chips in future MacBook laptops. The advantages in a phone come with enhanced Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, faster better photos, buttery smooth gaming and applications yet to be thought of.

Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin mentioned an iPhone only app that was featured in the Apple Keynote "An app called Homecourt that did real-time video analysis of a basketball player and analyzed everything from how many shots he made or missed, to where on the court he made and missed them as a percentage of his shots, and even could analyze his form down to the legs and wrist in order to look for patterns. It was an incredible demonstration with real-world value, yet it is only scratching the surface of what developers can do with a new era of iPhone software with machine learning at the core of their software."

GadgetNET says: Apple is well ahead of the pack when it comes to pure power – but then what else would you expect from smartphones that start at $1,629? Mind you the same chip is in the $1249 iPhone Xr due next month, so watch out Android.

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Posted in: Smartphones & Tablets
Tags: apple  samsung  lg  oneplus  iphone 

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Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.

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