Apple's iPhone 5S is the fastest smartphone ever benchmarked by Which?
When we heard that the iPhone 5S would be the first smartphone to have a 64 bit processor we were skeptical about how much difference it would make to real-word performance. However, it seems like we couldn't have been more wrong - it's made a huge difference!
Which? magazines latest benchmarks reveal that the iPhone 5S is the fastest smartphone they've ever tested. Apple's smartphone scored 1410 (single core score), 2561 (multi core score) on the raw Geekmark test, which is an industry-wide piece of software designed to measure a mobiles' speed.
Apple's fingerprint-touting iPhone beat LG's G2 to the top spot, followed in third place by Samsung's Galaxy S4. The feat is even more impressive when you consider that the iPhone 5S only has a dual-core 1.3 GHz processor, while the LG G2 and Galaxy S4 have 2.26GHz and 1.9GHz quad-core processors respectively.
Raw Geekbench scores:
- Apple iPhone 5s: 1410 (single core score), 2561 (multi core score)
- LG G2: 882 (single core score), 2355 (multi core score)
- Samsung Galaxy S4: 687 (single core score), 1939 (multi core score)
- HTC One: 643 (single core score), 1805 (multi core score)
- Apple iPhone 5c: 711 (single core score), 1281 (multi core score)
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: 649 (single core score), 1135 (multi core score)
- HTC One Mini: 477 (single core score), 880 (multi core score)
Will you notice the extra speed? You might not notice the couple of seconds it shaves off application loading times, but you should feel that Apple's smartphone is snappier around the menus.
The higher speed of the iPhone 5S will come into its own when running intensive applications, such as games and videos and the performance boost should be particularly noticeable when multi-tasking.
The gap between Apple's iPhone 5S and the competition should only continue to widen, as more and more applications fully utilise the iPhone 5S's 64-bit architecture.
Although, it should be noted that a number of important releases are yet to be tested, including Sony's Xperia Z1 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. As soon as Which? update their benchmarks with the latest batch of smartphones we'll let you know.
We're encouraged by the gains made by 64 bit architecture - especially so early in its life-cycle - and consequently, we're looking forward to getting our hands on Android smartphones with 64 bit processors.
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By Simon Thomas on 22nd October, 2013