Apple’s iPhone 8 beats iPhone X in early benchmark tests

“The iPhone X is Apple’s top-of-the-range iPhone, but if you’re looking for impressive Geekbench scores — referring to the cross-platform CPU benchmark scoring system — you may be better off sticking with either the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus,” Luke Dormehl reports for Cult of Mac.

“That’s according to scores Apple’s new devices have achieved on Geekbench’s iOS Benchmark Chart,” Dormehl reports. “Despite all three devices having Apple’s new A11 Bionic Fusion chip, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus outstrip the iPhone X on both single core and multi core performance.”

Apple's A11 Bionic chip
Apple’s A11 Bionic chip
“The iPhone 8 comes top of the Single Core iOS Benchmark Chart with an average score of 4,195, closely followed by the iPhone 8 Plus’ 4,128,” Dormehl reports. “In multi core, the iPhone 8 also wins with 10,005, against the iPhone 8 Plus’ 9,829. The iPhone X, meanwhile, manages 4,028 in the single core and 9,287 in the multi core stakes.”

“All three of the new generation iPhones stack up very favorably compared to their Android rivals, however,” Dormehl reports. “The A11 Bionic chip smashes the single and multi core performance of 2024 and 6719, respectively, of the new Samsung Galaxy S8.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Driving that OLED Super Retina display will do that to you. The bottom line is that there’s very minor difference in performance between the iPhone 8 vs. 8 Plus vs. X. And, yes, Samsung is falling further and further behind with each passing generation.


  1. Not surprise here . . . if you take a couple of identical 300 hp motors and one has to pull 9,000 pounds and the other 10,000, guess which one is going to be moving a bit faster? If, however, you want the bells and whistles that come with that greater exertion, you go with the one that best suits your needs (or who the hell are we kidding here, desires).

    1. Not to be obtuse—I’m not an engine guy—but does horsepower translate to speed? I’ve heard it doesn’t, but perhaps that was top speed? Is it more an acceleration thing?

      1. I’m not an engine guy either . . . but I think if we’re going to get really deep into the analogy, assume that both “engines” are set up exactly the same way (gear rations, torque, etc.) so that the HP would, in fact, translate to a difference in top speed.

      2. Power, assuming you have a good transmission, is exactly what provides both acceleration (when power vastly exceeds drag) and top speed (when aerodynamic drag climbs enough to halt acceleration).

        Unlike the roughly linear world of computer chip processes, aerodynamics demands exponential power increases to achieve small steps forward in top speed.

        My biggest complaint about Apple’s chips is that they are haphazardly deployed and many of the chips are still manufactured by Samsung. Doesn’t Timmy have enough money to buy or build a chip foundry? Why give away design secrets?

        Is there a reason Apple can’t keep all its iOS devices updated with the last two generations of A chips? The A10 is used only in iPhone 7 models. Why isn’t it deployed elsewhere? The A9 powers the SE, 6S, and ipads. The IPod Touch, homepod, ipad mini, atv4, etc are still using the A8 chip. Why aren’t they all updated to the A10 by now???????

  2. real world performance of the Android phones vs the iPhones is often far worse then even Geekbench scores (as can be seen in numerous videos of previous phones).

    That’s because of the general kludiness of Android due to the fact the original version was (according to google’s own engineers) a KEYBOARD OS like Blackberry with a touch layer hurriedly pasted on after the iPhone launched. From what I understand the Keyboard OS was designed to take input linearly — one at a time — while Apple’s iPhone was designed from the start for multitouch inputs from the get go. that’s why for years high end Androids went gangbusters on Multicore to boost benchmark speeds. Other implementations like Android multitasking etc is also way poorer implemented.

    Although Google has worked hard on improving performance on the bad base code up to today the fact that Android has to work with a whole bunch of phones with different hardware specs means that Android is NOT OPTIMIZED and thus has way worse performance. Some OEMS actually install OLDER versions of Android on their new phones. Not to mention a variety of non standard (i.e not vetted by Google) apps (some OEM apps locked to specific phones for example)

    Apple custom designs the hardware like the ‘A’ processors (even the OLED screens are specially designed for iPhone although contract manufactured, they have different layers than standard Samsung OLED phone screens ) and vet all iPhone apps.

    In short the real world performance of the new iPhones will give even better results than Geekbench suggests.

    1. Yet with all those problems, Android smartphones continue to increase exponentially in number while the general consensus tells about the iPhone dwindling in market share percentage almost every week. One might almost think Apple doesn’t even sell iPhones anymore. They say iPhone sales are dying in China and completely dead in India. Man, that sucks.

      1. Don’t believe those rumors and don’t spread them. While iPhone sales growth is not what it used to be, iPhone sales on a global basis is still growing. You could point to an AT&T store that is failing and going to be closed in which they haven’t sold a single iPhone in six months. Does that extrapolate to the iPhone is dying? Of course not.

        Contraction in some areas offset by larger growth in many other areas is what is happening.

      2. China is easy to explain. They have a software stack that they use that makes the hardware less than relevant. This software helps them do pretty much everything from communicate with their friends and family to make payments with their phones. This is a cross platform program. Apple is falling behind in China simply because the hardware itself hasn’t changed much and the market is highly sensitive to fashion and Apple needs to make obvious visual changes that appeal to this fashion sense, or alternately they need to buy out the popular software if that is possible and improve its integration into the OS and or possibly give it extra features on the iPhone.

        India is simply a highly price sensitive market with less money to spend on iPhones which are typically sold unsubsidized there.

  3. How did they get an iPhone X to test? I know Apple didn’t give it to them. And I was in the demo room at the Steve Jobs theatre where there is not a chance of running Geekbench. I call this BS.

  4. Likely not much of a difference for the average consumer to even notice the difference. C’mon. Last year’s iPhone was faster than nearly all Android smartphones, so this year is definitely a step up for iPhones and way better than Android smartphones. That should be more than good enough for most users.

    Don’t be talking about low Android benchmarks or Qualcomm is going to explode with anger. What does Qualcomm have for next year? Some SnapDragon 845/855 that will be claimed to be twice as fast as an A11 Bionic. It’s amazing Qualcomm can even keep pace with Apple’s R&D spending. Apple can sell every A11 they make. I wonder if that’s true for SnapDragon processor sales. ARM processors are simply going crazy in terms of power.

  5. Buying Apple’s top-of-the-line iPhone should mean that you get the best performance, the best hardware, the best everything.

    A slight lag in performance at launch could make a world of difference by the time iOS 13 comes out.

    As a prospective X buyer, I’ll be keeping an eye on these stories very carefully.

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