Purported benchmark results for the upcoming iPhone 7 Plus reveal Apple’s next-generation A10 processor could be a big improvement over last year’s A9. Despite maintaining only two cores, the A10 achieves significantly higher scores in single- and mulit-core tests.
According to the result for an “iPhone 9,3,” which is thought to be the iPhone 7 Plus, the device achieves a single-core score of 3,379 in Geekbench tests, while the multi-core score clocks in at an impressive 5,495.
In comparison, the iPhone 6s Plus powered by an A9 processor achieves a single-core score of 2,526 and a multi-core score of 4,404. The supposed iPhone 7 is even able to outperform Android-powered rivals with processors that look superior on paper.
For instance, the new Galaxy Note 7 when tested with a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor — the latest and greatest chip from Qualcomm — achieves a single-core score of 1,896 and a multi-core of 5,511 on Geekbench.
This proves that hardware isn’t anything, and that the efficiency of iOS goes a long way. That is, of course, if these benchmarks are genuine. It’s easy to fake Geekbench listings like this one, so it might be best to take them with a pinch of salt for now.