iPhone 8 is here and it’s the world’s fastest phone in terms of both synthetic benchmarks and heavy duty real-world tasks, as tested by hardware experts over at Tom’s Guide.

“To put it simply, the iPhone 8 line has a MacBook Pro Intel-level processor inside,” wrote author Mark Spoonauer. Here’s an interesting excerpt from his article:

The Bionic part in the name of Apple’s A11 Bionic chip isn’t just marketing speak. It’s the most powerful processor ever put in a mobile phone. We’ve put this chip to the test in both synthetic benchmarks and some real-world speed trials, and it obliterates every Android phone we tested.

To put the phone through its paces, they used the popular Geekbench benchmarking app and achieved scores we’ve seen before. The real story here is a huge jump in multi-core performance, unlike with prior Apple chips that excelled in single-core tests but were matched or beaten by flagship Android devices in multi-threaded performance.

On the multicore portion of the Geekbench test, the phone registered a score of 10,170, or 54 percent faster than the score from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, the fastest Android phone.

The Android competition wasn’t close. The Note 8 scored 6,564, and that’s with an impressive 6GB of RAM paired with Qualcomm’s fast Snapdragon 835 chip. How about the OnePlus 5 and its 8GB of RAM and Snapdragon 835? That handset got 6,542. With 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy S8 scored 6,295 with the same processor.

In the 3DMark graphics benchmark, Apple’s phone hit an off-the-charts score of 62,212 (iPhone 8 Plus: 64,412) versus Note 8’s 39,834 and OnePlus 5’s 39,576. iPhone 8 even beats the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 inside.

According to Geekbench founder John Poole, “the scores are comparable across platforms, so if an iPhone 8 scores higher than a Core i5 chip, then the phone is faster than the Core i5.”

However, synthetic benchmarks don’t really paint a fully realistic picture so Tom’s Guide put the same two-minute 4K drone on Apple’s device, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus and added the same transitions and effects before exporting and saving the video.

That’s some strenuous task and iPhone 8 finished it in 42 seconds. By comparison, Note 8 took more than three minutes and Galaxy S8 Plus took more than four minutes. In other words, iPhone 8 was more than four times as fast in this particular CPU-intensive task than Samsung’s phones and this tells you how fast the A11 Bionic is in real-life use.

One crucial piece of information was omitted: the app Tom’s Guide used to test 4K video exporting on both platforms. Having a video editing app highly optimized for a target mobile platform that uses the best available APIs and GPU-assisted video encoding can make a world of difference so bear that in mind.

At any rate, there’s no question that the amount of work Apple’s silicon team has been pouring into making their in-house designed chips stand above anything else available on the market is astounding, really, and they’ve really outdone themselves this time around.

Those kinds of numbers are simply unheard of in the mobile industry. Android vendors who use chips from Qualcomm will have some catching up to do to match the levels of single and multi-core performance of the A11 Bionic chip, and Apple is already working on its successor.

The A11 Bionic silicon has two high-performance cores while adding an additional two low-power cores versus the A10 Fusion hip for a total of six CPU cores that are independently addressable to achieve top performance during heavy-duty operations.

Apple claims the two performance cores achieve 25 percent faster performance over the A10 Fusion chip, with as much as a 70 percent speed boost for the low-power cores.

The chip also includes Apple’s first in-house deigned mobile GPU offering 30 percent faster graphics and provides a dedicated neural engine and other specialized sections to accelerate tasks like machine learning, computer vision, artificial intelligence and more.

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  • Iskren Donev

    I’m betting that we will see a MacBook powered by an Apple ‘A’ processor in 2018.

  • It’s so powerful, it even obliterates a MacBook.

    • credulousgeek

      Its massive man many people have no idea what Apple put on in their devices the processors we usto deal with in our laptops and desktop pcs are in palm of our hands its impressive literally impressive.

    • mrgerbik

      it destroys on a synthetic benchmark – try plugging that A11 chip in an actual windows/macos machine and youll see it crawl

      • Obviously, as Windows/macOS is not AMR/A11 optimized.

      • mrgerbik

        The point is geekbench isnt a true apples to apples comparison. Its deceiving to think your iphones processor is faster then modern desktop x86 CPU’s

      • Damien

        Actually Microsoft is working on a version of Windows that runs on ARM and emulates X86 programs. They have even gotten Photoshop running on a Snapdragon 820. With optimization, even an older 820 can achieve great things.

  • Rick Simerka

    Did apple “steal” this from android/samsung?

  • Andrew Lee

    Guess high hardware spec phones are nothing if they can’t perform in the real world eh? Looks good on paper, but not as good on real world tests.

    • Jurassic

      “Looks good on paper, but not as good on real world tests.”


      It is clear that the video editing test, in which the iPhone 8 did the job MORE THAN 4 TIMES FASTER than Samsung’s “fastest” phone, is DEFINITELY a “real world test”.

      • :D

        Yet the iPhone 8 only has 2 GB RAM on paper… That’s exactly the point he’s making lol.

      • I’d suggest that you watch some of the “real world comparison” videos where they open about a dozen apps, perform tasks in them like navigating to another web page or processing a video render and then re-open them all. It turns out when it gets back around to opening things from memory Apple smokes Android devices.

        Not only does Apple use a very rapid form of memory compression that lets them act as if they had around 4GB of memory, but their entire OS is highly optimized unlike Android and more specifically the touchWiz platform.

      • :D

        Yeah, I know. That’s his point. He’s saying that Android phones are nothing in the real world.

      • Oh maybe… unfortunately hi sorry comment was vague enough that everyone replying assumed he was talking about Apple. Personally I’m not sure he was talking about Android but he never came back on here to clarify himself to any of the responses.

      • Andrew Lee

        LOL… sorry for the long absence. Yes, I’m referring to high-spec Android phones which are nothing in the real world. Not everything pins on hardware. It’s the whole user experience. Hope this clarifies.

      • Mike

        If you check those test again with Note 8 and iPhone 8 it looks like the tables have turned.

      • If you check Tom’s Guide they exported a 2 minute 4K video clip. The Galaxy S8+ took 4:07, the Galaxy Note 8 took 3:03 and the iPhone 8 took 0:42!

        Even just loading apps is quite noticeable. Loading Injustice 2 for instance on the Note 8 is a full 19 seconds. Even the iPhone 7 Plus beats that at 14.53 seconds and the iPhone 8 clocks in at 11 seconds.

        There’s a reason why comparison articles feature headlines like, “iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 speed test: It’s not even a content anymore”, “iPhone 8 crushing Samsung Galaxy Not 8 in Bechmark tests for speed, performance” and “iPhone 8, iPhone X cs Android flagship: Speed tests say it’s not even close”.

        So no, not only have the tables not turned, the iPhone 8 is in a whole new league. In fact to even suggest such a thing is silly. Since the Note 8 can’t beat the iPhone 7 in real world performance tests the 8 would have to be the worst phone Apple has released in 2 years for that to be true. And I don’t believe that for a second.

      • Mike

        When people run these test they go off apps load time and memory. Not everyone is exporting a 2minute 4k video but everyone is opening and closing apps throughout the day. If you look at most of the speed comparison videos on youtube it shows the Note 8 coming out on top. Yes iPhone takes the lead in opening intensive apps but opening basic apps like twitter, internet, facebook, and etc. Note 8 take the lead.

      • Well now we are talking about something completely different. The simple fact is that the note 8 is no where close to the speed of the speed of the iPhone 8. However if we are only talking about duration of the app launch animation then yes, Samsung set a smaller value than Apple did.

        So if you’re limiting the comparisons of performance to those users that spend the better part of $1,000 to get the latest flagship phones but never try to take advantage of the CPU, GPU or RAM then we might as well start comparing the note 8 to $50 Chinese smart phones because as long as we’re running Android the “performance” will be the same.

        If I said that launching lightweight apps on a $50 android is as fast as on a Note 8 so therefore the Note 8 isn’t nearly all it’s cracked up to be you’d probably call me out on it (and rightfully so). But essentially that’s what you’re doing with the Note 8 and the iPhone 8. Not to mention that I can turn on Reduced Motion in my settings and then beat the Note 8 in your test since I’ll then have the faster app launch animations.

      • Benedict

        Watch the PhoneBuff Speed-Test between iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Note 8. In fact you will see that @disqus_SRCaDgF0Jk:disqus is right. The benchmark didn’t show the relevant result. Note 8 beat the iPhone 8 Plus! So why is it not 4 times faster there?

    • What are you talking about? Maybe you missed the part where the Samsung S8+ couldn’t beat the iPhone 7 in “real world” tests. In fact, no Samsung phone has been able to beat the previous gen iPhone in real world speed tests for years. The fact that Samsung has typically had better hardware to boot (on paper) just made this even more embarrassing. But now that Apple has significantly better hardware on top of it’s real world performance, this is going to be one tough competitor in the mobile arena.

    • credulousgeek

      Haha i can beat the shit out of galaxy 8 plus in real world tasks now what else you have to say?Dude Apple devices are optimized to perform exceptionally well in daily life while shamesung just try to fool people and does nothing as such.

      • Damien

        The A6 in your 5C barely runs iOS 11 (thankfully Apple changed their minds about supporting 32bit) , you think it can beat the shit out of a Galaxy S8? Keep talking.
        None the less the A11 is an extraordinary feat. But lets not talk sh*t.

      • credulousgeek

        What a ignorant comment i said i can beat any android having extra vagant rammand cpu clock speeds by running daily life apps thats the difference between a tech savy and a moron like you who will always be what they feed you to become or say use some sense i can use whatsapp snapchat facebook imsta paper spreadsheet pdf apps like smooth af despite having 1GB of ram and low cpu clock.

      • jacobnordvall

        That export 2k thinkäg is just stupidity because both android and iOS has freestyle cload storage wich You can access from anywhere i have My Photos synchronized to My pc and i get 64gb freestyle cload storage cuz Google cares about its users.

      • credulousgeek

        Simce you are bringing the bionic chip here then sorry to inform all of haters that it has blown past every phone in the world for now happy lol

  • JulianZH

    And android users will be like: laggy, Samsung the best, so small, sheep!

    • jacobnordvall

      So because My phone is faster than THE iPhone 7+ (i have THE op5) that means to You that iPhone 7+ is laggy.

      GG man

  • Rowan09

    I remember when the benchmarks were rumored and said to be a lie and they actually turned out to be true. I’m waiting to see what Qualcomm does with there next chip to try and fight Apple.

    • credulousgeek

      Qualcomm can’t even match for years this is immense man you have no idea from technical pov Apple just smoked every shit out there its massive leap for Apple indeed powerful af.

      • Rowan09

        I agree.

      • jacobnordvall

        What a Shame their os is so limited when they got all that power!

        Oh Well its their light os that makes apples products run that fast.

        Thats THE real technical view.

      • Rowan09

        Yeah I think it will get better over time.

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    iPhone X is for 100,000 ₹ in India. This is such a joke. While 1000$ = 66,000₹. Like the last time I’ve asked my relative in USA to get one for me from there. F the taxes man.

  • Anonymous

    What core i5 are you comparring this to? There is more then one, along with what gen?

  • Damien

    As stated in the article, the video editing test isn’t really fair, unless they used an app that was optimised for both systems. Either way the A11 is really gonna have Qualcomm scrambling for a solution. Also hopefully this pushes Qualcomm to make a decent chip that matches the Exynos variant of the Galaxies so that Samsung don’t have to hold back video recording features to the lowest denominator (SD835) Just because it’s not capable of 4K60P. If I was Samsung I would ditch Snapdragon completely like with the S6 if they want to have any hope at competing with Apple.

  • jacobnordvall

    THE Numbers on android are false by att least 500 points.

    And even doe it got more power You cant use it on anything cuz iOS. And there is basicly none notisible difrence beteende a oneplus5t and THE iPhone X, maybe that THE oneplus5t is a Little bit faster because its more optimized.