iPhone 5 benchmark score outperforms every iOS and Android device to date

“A benchmark score logged on Sunday with Primate Labs’ online Geekbench reportedly details the specifics of Apple’s iPhone 5, with the new smartphone outperforming the average scores of every iOS and Android device on the website,” AppleInsider reports.

“The online benchmarking site reportedly logged a score of 1601 from an ‘iPhone5,2’ that was running iOS 6 on a dual-core ARMv7 processor clocked at 1.02GHz with 1GB of RAM,” AppleInsider reports. “While it is not impossible to spoof device identifiers, the specifications line up with previous speculation that Apple’s A6 SoC boasts a full gigabyte of DRAM and leverages a an ARMv7 CPU with custom-designed cores.”

AppleInsider reports, “If legitimate, the iPhone5,2’s score eked out the highest-performing Android devices, including the Asus-built Nexus 7 tablet and Samsung Galaxy S III.”

Apple A6 processor
Apple A6 processor

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A6 is Apple’s first with custom-designed CPU cores; iPhone 5 memory size and speed revealed – September 16, 2012


  1. … cores each ran at 2 GHz! No? Yes, I HAD heard that the new “system” out-paced Android models featuring quad-cores at a similar clock speed. Presumably due to tighter code.
    30 years ago a coder often spent more time tweaking his code than writing it. Not enough RAM! We know Windows coders seldom tweak anything, has Apple decided to pay more attention to that detail?

    1. Most likely not only due to more efficient code in iOS6 but the dual cores in the iP5 are custom designed by Apple, and are not the generic ARM7 or ARM9 or ARM15 found in Android devices.

  2. my MacBook Air from late 2010 makes about 2700 points, so iPhone 5 has about 60% of that, with a tiny fraction of the energy consumption.
    I are soooo disappointed…

  3. Sorry but this article is wrong. This score does beat the dual-core Galaxy S III just barely. But the quad-core exynos powered Galaxy S III scores 1781. 1601 is nonetheless a very good score.

    1. Not only that, but when combined with the lead-acid automotive battery required to power the quad-core Exynos Galaxy S3, the result is that the S3 can crush the iPhone 5…literally.

  4. Of course none of this makes any difference. The user experience is what matters and that is an interaction of the hardware and software and nothing can surpass Apple’s integrated approach, at this point at least. This is why they went to their own design rather than rely on others as Samsung does.

      1. Huh?? “Hardware and software” means the chip and the OS. Samsung does not co-design their chips and OS together like Apple does with their complete control over A-series chips, iOS and how they work together.

  5. that fact is the shame behind Samsung’s silly ass print ad (http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57513782-71/apple-fanboys-fight-back-against-samsung)

    Apple naysayers/bitchers can cry all they want with their f’g spec-to-spec comparison lists: how about this fact, that A6 at 1GB is faster than Samsung’s Galaxy SIII at 2GB! that benchmarks proves specs are useless – lest you do real life tests and don’t just depend on stated stats. it proves that

    Apple knows what it’s doing, whilst the plastic manufacturers don’t. Apple gets more power than anyone out of their products as they perfectly optimize hard/softw-ware like no one else.

    that is what the competition gets but can’t handle and lies about, that is what the naysayer buyers of non-apple stuff are too ignorant about.

        1. The extra RAM won’t really get you that much of a performance improvement on a benchmark, assuming that even the lower spec’d phone has enough (and 1 GB is enough). It does really help when running lots of apps and widgets at the same time. But iOS memory management is good enough that it’s kind of a non-issue.

          Future OS updates is where we will all wish we had more RAM. I remember running iOS 4 on my IPhone 3G. That was painful, partly because it just didn’t have enough RAM.

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