When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 last week, the company promised that its custom A6 chip deliver performance twice as fast as its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. But according to the handset’s first benchmarks, this isn’t just the fastest iPhone yet — it’s also one of the most powerful smartphones money can buy.
According to the Geekbench 2 benchmarks from PrimateLabs, the iPhone 5, running iOS 6 with its new A6 processor, achieves a total score of 1601. In comparison, the average score for the iPhone 4S is just 629, which the new iPad achieves 766. We know neither of these devices could be considered anywhere near slow, so what does that say about the iPhone 5?
Well, in short, it’s a massive powerhouse. In fact, there’s only one smartphone faster right now, and that’s the Samsung Galaxy S III. Not even the HTC One X, which boasts a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, achieves a faster Geekbench score than the iPhone 5. It also beats most tablets, too.
Only the Google Nexus 7 is faster — narrowly — with a Geekbench score of 1604, while the quad-core Asus Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad tablets trail behind, scoring 1503 and 1465 respectively.
The benchmarks also confirm some of the iPhone 5’s internals, which Apple didn’t disclose during its keynote, such as the speed of its processor. The A6 chips is a dual-core processor clocked at 1.02GHz, and it’s accompanied by 1GB of RAM. In comparison, the iPhone 4S’s A5 processor is clocked at 800MHz, with just 512MB of RAM.
PrimateLabs has warned that there is a chance pre-release results on Geekbench could have been faked, but they believe that the results are legitimate. You’ll be able to confirm them for yourself, of course, on Friday.