iPhone 6 and 6 Plus out-perform Android rivals in latest performance tests

Harry Tunnecliffe
23 September, 2014
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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, speed, macworld australiaAccording to data released by AnandTech early this morning, the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus has out-performed its rivals in a majority of benchmark tests, covering categories from web browsing and CPU to battery life and GPU performance. These are preliminary results, with the full review still in progress.

The initial testing was undertaken over the weekend by AnandTech, following the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last Friday. Not surprisingly, the new A8 processor that features in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has provided improvements over the A7 processor present in the iPhone 5s.

Some improvements are more noticeable than others, with the web browsing performance seeing a 7 – 13 percent increase across the four tests presented, topping the charts and beating all competitors. AnandTech note that the result is not definitive enough to make accurate comments about the underlying architecture changes between the A7 and A8 processors. Some of the browser tests saw the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus topped by the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet – but this is a tablet, not a smartphone.

The graphics processing unit (GPU) tests show a “solid lead over the competition” for the iPhone 6. The 6 Plus was also at the top in GPU benchmarks, however its scores were far lower than the smaller iPhone 6. AnandTech provides the following summary:

“It’s seems quite clear that there is a significant impact to GPU performance in the iPhone 6 Plus due to the 2208 x 1242 resolution that all content is rendered at. It seems that this is necessary though, as the rendering system for iOS cannot easily adapt to arbitrary resolutions and display sizes.”

Finally, the battery life tests show that Apple has managed to do something “quite incredible with battery life”, according to AnandTech – again beating all of its Android rivals. The preliminary report is available on the AnandTech website, while the full report should be available in the coming days.

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