iPhone 5 benchmarked: A6 1GHz dual core chip, faster than all current Android devices

It appears that the first iPhone 5 benchmark has to hit Geekbench. As can be seen from the screenshot above, Apple’s new A6 chip used in the iPhone 5 is a dual core and clocks in at 1GHz. Memory wise, the phone is packed with 1GB ram, same as the New iPad. Its benchmark score of 1601 is not only the highest ever for an Apple (mobile) device, but it’s easily double that of any previous iOS benchmark (the iPad 3 scored in the mid-high 700s). Based on this figure alone, Apple’s claim of the A6 being twice as fast as the A5 processor is pretty much bang on. Perhaps more impressive is that the new iPhone beats out even quad core Tegra 3 powered devices like the Nexus 7 and Transformer Primer. For comparison, here are the benchmarks for other Android phones/tablets:

And below are scores for past iPhones and iPads. It’s evident that the A6 has made significant leaps over its predecessor, and this is a very good thing for Apple as they only release one phone and tablet per year (save for the iPad Mini, which could be announced as early as next month). Meanwhile, numerous manufacturers unleash new Android devices every year with updated hardware.

Granted, it’s entirely possible that this benchmark has been faked, but in the coming days we’ll know for sure when the iPhone 5 is officially released. If you’re one of the lucky ones to get their new iPhones this Friday, you too can run a Geekbench test with the $0.99 Geekbench 2 app.


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