A mysterious unreleased device just smashed the iPhone 7’s benchmark record

“Every year, Apple comes out with faster and more efficient processors for the iPhone and iPad,” Chris Smith writes for BGR. “The A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is probably the best mobile processor in the world right now for smartphones. It crushes the competition in benchmarks, as recent tests have shown, including the brand new Google Pixel and Galaxy Note 7. And it offers a faster overall performance in real life tests.”

“But every other smartphone maker upgrades the silicon in its devices each year as well, with flagship phones getting the best of the crop. With that in mind, there’s already one mobile device that significantly outscores the iPhone 7 in AnTuTu tests,” Smith writes. “Is it next year’s Galaxy S8?”

MacDailyNews Take: No.

Smith asks, “Or are we looking at early tests for the next-gen iPad Pros?”

MacDailyNews Take: Yes.

“AnTuTu released its top 10 benchmark scores for September, with the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 outscoring every possible device from the competition. Their scores were 172644 and 170123, respectively, and were at least 10000 points higher than the best Android contenders,” Smith writes. “A leak posted by Twitter user @Ricciolo1 teases that a device that will launch at some point in the first quarter of 2017 has broken the 200K barrier in AnTuTu.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Samsung simply cannot compete with Apple’s A-Series chips. No contest. This is very likely a case of Apple besting themselves with the forthcoming A10X Fusion for the next-gen iPads.

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  1. Interesting to speculate.

    The thing is, iOS devices really aren’t set up for multitasking or high performance multicore number crunching. They don’t have the cooling to sustain it. So single-core performance is awesome. Chip clock speeds tell you the story right away.

    But here’s the deal — all current Apple iOS devices are really dual-core chipsets. The latest iPhone 7 chipset has 4 cores, but it only runs 2 at a time: fast when the phone is active, slow when running background/standby processes. It does not offer 4-core performance.

    Samsung historically has gone down the path of more cores, slower clock speed. So on a benchmark test, it’s not unlikely that its computational performance could easily best the latest Apple chips.

    It doesn’t really matter — Samsung’s mobile devices aren’t that much better at multitasking than Apple’s, so the average user appreciates single-core performance more.

    I have always said, if you want to do serious work, you need a Mac. But now that the Mac has stalled out with only 12 cores and macOS isn’t designed for scalability with distributed computing clusters, now unfortunately the most processing power comes from Wintel and Linux workstations with 48 cores or more per box. THAT is how you process 4K video, complex 3D modeling, and cutting edge mathematical models. Oh, if only Apple would get with the program on that front!!!

  2. 203.737 !!! 200k barrier has been broken,and it’s not FINAL … someone wanna try to guess ??? 😉 #antutu #Q12017 pic.twitter.com/teL4pzxXOo
    — Ricciolo (@Ricciolo1) October 5, 2016

    Pxxxx Cxxxxp ‏@pcxxxx 8h8 hours ago Indiana, USA
    @vishmon2012 @Ricciolo1 did the device break the 200k barrier before or after exploding and catching on fire? Asking for a friend.

    Mxxxx Gxxxx ‏@mxxxx 5h5 hours ago
    @Ricciolo1 ipad pro 2. No brainer.

    Zxxxx ‏@mxxxx 4h4 hours ago
    @Ricciolo1 Fake lolllll

    I vote for fake as well. If not, I want a video of the explosion.

  3. There was a time when samsung did crushed iPhone’s benchmarks… that time when samsung cheated tweaking its software to give a score above the real ones.. that is the only way samsung knows how to win.. losing.

  4. Well as it has been speculated independently of this that new iPads are to launched in the New Year with claimed substantially faster versions of the A10, assuming this isn’t a fake claim, it seems decidedly likely that is the chip sporting those figures. After all constantly in past years competitor silicon has been trumpeted for up to 8 months prior to launch for their ‘stunning performance’ simply because that is the only way they can look impressive against current A series chips, ie next gen against current in terms of performance. It’s hardly likely they would therefore be keeping that secret at this stage while their current chips look embarrassingly arthritic against Apples latest offerings. The silence speaks for them and in the present circumstances Samsung above everyone would want to boast about something positive. Let’s be honest they have never been shy before to use distracting tactics to cover bad news and reduce the impact of Apple launches.

  5. It seems virtually inevitable at this point that Apple uses a variant of their A-series processor to power a desktop running MacOS.

    What was first–according to some–impossible not only gets more and more possible, but likely with every iteration of Apple’s mobile processors.

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