In today’s market people are wowed by spec sheets boasting impressive figures, without taking in to account actual performance. Some of Android’s powerhouses host 1.2GHz dual-core processors, something which would have impressed on a desktop computer only a few years back. Apple makes a point of not publishing processor specs, thankfully though, there are test which can be done to unveil those. The latest set of benchmark figures shows the dual-core A5’s performance against its iOS cousins, and its Android competition.
The chart above shows the iPhone 4S’ performance against the iPad 2, iPhone 4 and 3GS. Interestingly, although the A5 is the same processor that’s in the second generation tablet, it’s been clocked lower. The iPad 2 is clocked at 1GHz while the iPhone’s is at 800MHz. This is most likely due to the smaller battery, and desire to ensure its charge doesn’t run out in a hurry. The graph below displays its graphics performance against its competitors. The GPU inside the the A5 is incredibly quick and can handle games almost double the speed of the Galaxy S II’s processor. (The S II’s processor has been changed since then, so we’re yet to see a comparison between the one tested here, and the latest chip.)
This proves, not only that the 4S is up there with the best performing Google-powered smartphones, but that Apple is taking the mobile gaming industry very seriously.