iPhone 5 May Not Have A Quad-Core CPU, But It’s One Of The Fastest Smartphones Money Can Buy

iPhone 5 May Not Have A Quad-Core CPU, But It’s One Of The Fastest Smartphones Money Can Buy

That’s a fast smartphone.

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.

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  • Michael Armogan

    To set the facts straight:
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1037297
    S III on 4.1 – 2060.
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1040460
    S III on 4.0.4 – 1949.
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1037166
    iPhone 5 – 1645.

    Finding even higher marks
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1039203 – 2399
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1037491 – 2433

    More research is needed befo

  • marklouieadame

    I wish someone could overclocked the iphone and test it again and lets see how this stacked up with gs3. But the phones already fast reliable and stable so this will be fine

  • Tron Caldwell

    To set the facts straight:
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1037297
    S III on 4.1 – 2060.
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1040460
    S III on 4.0.4 – 1949.
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1037166
    iPhone 5 – 1645.

    Finding even higher marks
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1039203 – 2399
    http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1037491 – 2433

    More research is needed befo

    All of those phones are clocked at different speeds which implies the owners rooted and overclocked the CPU. Furthermore they all have higher clock speeds and more cores than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is faster with less cores, better graphics, and better battery life. I’d have to say it had the better CPU/GPU

  • Steffen Jobbs

    The iPhone 5 having the fastest processor specs won’t last very long. Android smartphone vendors put out new smartphones every week and many will decide to push the limits of the processor well beyond what Apple would ever do. Apple will just have to settle on selling hundreds of millions of iPhones that have specs below the top Android smartphones. The coming Samsung Galaxy IV will have a much more powerful quad-core processor that will leave the iPhone 5 in the dust. It’s easy enough for Samsung to do if that’s their intention. Just like Apple would never sell any computer that was faster than the top Wintel desktops, the same will go for any of Apple’s devices. Apple devices have very conservative specs. Apple sees no point in entering a spec race because it really doesn’t pay off that well. It’s better for them to just hit the sweet spot of consumers. Those consumers that don’t demand having the fastest devices on the planet but would rather have well-designed, reliable computers. Pushing components to their limits likely causes more headaches than it’s worth.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the UK. He has an interest in all things tech, but most enjoys covering Apple, anything mobile, and gaming. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell, or through his website.

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