iPhone 5 bests Galaxy S3, Nexus 7 and iPad 3 in Geekbench benchmark – certain conditions apply

September 16, 2012
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Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5 a few days ago, but as usually, the company forgot to mention more details about its processor and RAM, although it did say that the new smartphone will pack a CPU that’s twice faster than the A5 found on the iPhone 4S and 22% smaller. Apple also said the iPhone 5’s GPU will offer twice the performance of its predecessor, again, without mentioning any details about it.

Once the new iPhone 5 ships this week, we’ll see the device dismantled and thoroughly benchmarked in order to compare it with the best Android smartphones in town. But in the mean time it looks like we already have a benchmark test that seems to prove Apple’s statements.

A Geekbench test for the iPhone 5 (see screenshots above and below) indicates a 1601 score for the device. 9to5Mac notes that no iOS device crossed the 800 milestone, which means the 1GHz dual-core A6 chip inside the iPhone 5 packs quite a punch. The same test indicates that we’re looking at an ARMv7 CPU and that the iPhone 5 packs 1GB of RAM.

The publication also notes that such tests can be faked, and that it’s yet to be determined whether the test is genuine or not.

Assuming that we’re looking at the real deal here, it would mean that the iPhone 5 beats the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Google Nexus 7, two of the most recently released Android devices, which have scored 1560 and 1591 in the same Geekbench test, respectively. Worth mentioning is the fact that the Galaxy S3 running Jelly Bean scores a lot higher than everyone else – 1781. However, Jelly Bean is not officially available for the Galaxy S3 yet.

The iPhone 5 also beats the third-generation iPad in the same tests. The tablet is also a 2012 iOS device, which offers the best processor performance among iOS devices, at least until the new iPhone hits stores.

What the graphics here don’t include is the recently announced Galaxy Note 2, and we’re definitively interested to see its Geekbench score especially when compared against the iPhone 5’s.

As you can see, one has to take into account certain things when looking at the images above (iPhone 5 is not released yet, Galaxy S3 does not officially run Android 4.1.1), although that doesn’t mean we don’t expect the new iPhone to do well in such tests. Naturally, we’ll be back with more benchmark tests for the iPhone 5, as these are certainly important when comparing the device with some of the top Android devices out there.

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