Geekbench, often seen as the default way to measure a smartphone’s performance, shows a new result (published yesterday). If the results are accurate – which many are skeptical of – it shows the iPhone 5 outperforming any other iPhone by a clear margin, and showing (marginally) better results than pretty much every Android phone.
The Geekbench score is the key number here: 1601. The highest number ever achieved by an iOS device before now was below 800, clocked by the new iPad and its A5X chip. Seeing such a huge jump from iPad (3rd gen) to this phone in such a short space of time has put the result in doubt.
Interestingly, the logs also show that the iPhone 5′s new chip is in-fact the first custom-designed chip ever made by Apple. In past years the A4, A5 and A5X have all been built based on ARM’s own chip structure. This new A6 chip boasts 1GB RAM as well a 1GHz based on ARMv7 structure. Time will tell if these results can be trusted, but, if they can be, we may just have the most impressive dual-core chip on the market.
For references, these screen shots have been grabbed showing previous iOS device scores as well as the iPhone 5/iPad’s competition: