A5 processor in iPhone 4S clocked at 800MHz – shows why specs don’t always matter

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.

Via: 9to5Mac, Apple Insider

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rnavales Raffy Navales

    are these figures are true? i mean i want actual videos on these benchmarks. thanks! ^_^

  • Susie Q

    It doesn’t surprise me… I knew they wouldn’t release an upgraded iPhone unless it was blazing fast. I sat back and laughed at all the people whining on how disappointed they were.  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/iambetorubio Humberto Rubio

    Im with @facebook-1193645774:disqus , these are pictures which is no actual proof, alot of iphone sites, have been known to change alot of the facts, give us a video then we will be talking.  

    • CMPunk

      Especially considering typical benchmarks show the iPhone 4 at lower speeds than the first Galaxy S…I’d be amazed if it were even close to the Galaxy S II, especially considering there’s already a few videos out there with the benchmark showing it killing the competition.

      • Anonymous

        The benchmark is for offscreen performance.  I guess iOS users like to play games with a blank phone screen.  Also, the Mali400 is software capped at 60fps, so once it’s uncapped, I think we’ll see higher numbers….then again, these have nothing to do with real world use.  I hate how the industry is so obsessed with benchmarks now.  Quadrant makes me sick.

        • http://twitter.com/liquidgraphite Angelo Wong

          Offscreen just means they’re all benchmarked offscreen at the same resolution. In this case, the benchmark on all these devices were run at a display resolution of 1280 x 720, or 720p. Makes it fair, rather than the iPad 2 running the test at it’s native resolution of 1024 x 768, the iPhone 4 and 4S at 960 x 640, the Samsung Galaxy S II at 480 x 800, the Droid Bionic at 540 x 960, etc.

          It has nothing to do with playing your games offscreen or with a blank screen. Then again, I must agree–benchmarks aren’t an indication of real world performance.

    • CMPunk

      Especially considering typical benchmarks show the iPhone 4 at lower speeds than the first Galaxy S…I’d be amazed if it were even close to the Galaxy S II, especially considering there’s already a few videos out there with the benchmark showing it killing the competition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BRG2LG677NH7HV5VKBTK2OQDBA Yaser

    this just goes to show how much the sucked and how big of an improvement the 4s really is

  • Anonymous

    Who cares about offscreen performance? I like to look at games and apps onscreen. Maybe it’s just me?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522447760 Jean-luc Mutabazi

    lets wait nexus prime and galaxy SIII

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522447760 Jean-luc Mutabazi

    lets wait nexus prime and galaxy SIII