Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL may pack the fastest smartphone camera, but when it comes to raw processing power the iPhone 7 leaves the new handsets in the dust.
Early benchmarks for the Pixel have already leaked for the device, which was unveiled Tuesday. And according to the tests, Google’s phone can’t even top the performance of the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE.
The first benchmarks for the Pixel and Pixel XL on Geekbench 4 show the phones (which are the same on the inside) scored around 4,100 for multicore performance and around 1,580 for single core. By comparison, the iPhone 7 hit a score of 5,600 for multicore performance and earned a single-core score of 3,430. The iPhone 6s got a multicore score of 4,106 and a single-core score of 2,508.
While benchmark tests gauge the raw power of a CPU, they don’t always indicate how well a smartphone will perform in the real world.
Google’s phones each come with a Snapdragon 821 CPU with two 2.15GHz cores and two 1.6GHz cores. The Pixel phones come with 4GB of RAM while the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB and the iPhone 7 only has 2GB.
The Pixel and Pixel XL went up for preorder yesterday, setting up a holiday season showdown with the iPhone 7. Even though Google’s new phones look like iPhone 6 knockoffs, the search giant is hoping features like Google Assistant and unlimited storage on Google Photos will compel fans to switch to the pure Android devices.