Benchmarks: Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6/Plus beat rivals in performance, battery life

“While we’re still working on the full review, I want to get out some preliminary results for the iPhone 6. For now, this means some basic performance data and battery life, which include browser benchmarks, game-type benchmarks, and our standard web browsing battery life test,” Joshua Ho reports for AnandTech. “There’s definitely a lot more to talk about for this phone, but this should give an idea of what to expect in the full review. To start, we’ll look at the browser benchmarks, which can serve as a relatively useful proxy for CPU performance.”

“There are a few interesting observations here, as a great deal of the scaling is above what one would expect from the minor frequency bump when comparing A7 and A8. In SunSpider, we see about a 13% increase in performance that can’t be explained by frequency increases alone. For Kraken, this change is around 7.5%, and we see a similar trend across the board for the rest of these tests,” Ho reports. “This points towards a relatively similar underlying architecture, although it’s still too early to tell how much changes between the A7 and A8 CPU architectures. Next, we’ll look at GPU performance in 3DMark and GFXBench, although we’re still working on figuring out the exact GPU in A8.”

“In in GPU benchmarks, we generally see a pretty solid lead over the competition for the iPhone 6/A8. It’s seems quite clear that there is a significant impact to GPU performance in the iPhone 6 Plus due to the 2208×1242 resolution [at which] all content is rendered,” Ho reports. “It seems that Apple has managed to do something quite incredible with battery life. Normally an 1810 mAh battery with 3.82V nominal voltage would be quite a poor performer, but the iPhone 6 is a step above just about every other Android smartphone on the market.”

See all of the benchmark results in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 are the world’s top two smartphones, by far.

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  1. But all the top Android smartphones have quad-core processors, 3 GB of system RAM and run close to 3.0 GHz. Now that’s some impressive hardware, right. Most Droid-heads get a woody whenever they hear that techie shizzle.

    Some measly iPhone with a dual-core processor, 1 GB of system RAM running at 1.5 GHz is supposed to be really lame. After all, more of everything is always better. Supposedly 64-bit chips are useless in a smartphone.

    Some Droid-heads are going to be seriously butt-hurt when they see those benchmarks. Most consumers don’t even give a damn about benchmarks and are happy as long as their smartphone doesn’t stutter and crash on them. Benchmarks are mostly a waste of time because in most cases the variance is quite small.

    I’m sure glad Apple is building it’s own processors so they can fine-tune every aspect with their system software. That’s one strength Android doesn’t have over Apple.

    1. I agree, most people cannot even understand benchmarks. Most people have a problem understanding data provided in a table never mind if they actually have to think through the data such as is a larger number better or a smaller number, etc…

      Benchmarks dos allow those individuals to read headlines provided by authors who rely on those results though. Bottom line these great numbers takes away another platform from SameSung but we all know they are immoral so nothing will stop them from coming up with new xxxGate.

      So far that have tried the SecurityGate this year but it has not really taken hold.

    2. Well it’s been almost a year since the latest flagship Android phone was released.

      The Galaxy Note 4 will be released in October, and feature Samsungs Exynos Octa-Core 5433 CPU

      So I’d be waiting till then to compare benchmarks.

    3. There is a lot FUD going around about Apple iPhones and iPads. I will address the battery issues. The batteries are fine. The reason people are always recharging their iPhones and iPads is because we use them a lot intensely and than android people use the stuff.
      The one thing I do want to see is a removable battery for the iPhones and iPads. Not because I want to be able to replace them, it is because when i want to power down, I mean power down.

  2. It is interesting that on the battery test the Samsung Galaxy devices fall way below the 5s. I wonder why their ads suggest the opposite? It’s also interesting that many are saying the results from these tests are false. Samdung PR sure is quick in spreading the FUD – they must have a 24 hour “war room” ready at a moments notice.

    1. Wifey has a Galaxy S5 and the battery life is miserable. Takes ages to charge, even after the time you spend trying plug the f*cking thing in under the waterproof cap. (Lightning is sheer genius!)

  3. So much for the 64bit is not important BS. Looked up the Nvidia Targa K-1 chip impressive. The SHIELD is a gaming tablet that runs PC games and dumbs down for Android . Not a general use phone. It should not be in the test. With the need for 4 gig excuse they forget V RAM on a solid state drive is a lot faster than the PC HHD. They can cry all they want about a big screen, but Apple put speed first. I believe speed is more important.

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