The numbers don’t lie: when it comes to raw performance, the new iPhone’s A11 Bionic chip — designed in-house by Apple, just like previous barnstomers like the A10X Fusion — beats all competitors. No Android phone can come close, and even Apple’s own MacBook Pro doesn’t have the chops of the iPhone when it comes to bursts of pure speed.
Geekbench 4 tests from Tom’s Guide show the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus outperforming every Android phone in synthetic test performance, and even beating out the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which uses a much more energy-intensive Core i5 processor.
You might want to take that with a massive grain of salt, but even Geekbench’s founder John Poole told Tom’s that the test is broadly comparable across platforms: “the short is answer is yes that the scores are comparable across platforms, so if an iPhone 8 scores higher than an i5, then the iPhone 8 is faster than the i5.”
Geekbench tests burst performance over short periods of time, though, and Poole makes the point that laptops are better suited to longer periods of sustained full-power usage. Put simply, even the best smartphone processor can only run for so long — they don’t have the large batteries and superior cooling of a physically much larger laptop.
Phone versus phone, though, the iPhone obliterates any Android — in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark for mobile devices, the iPhone’s results nearly double that of the closest two Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and OnePlus 5. [Tom’s Guide]