Apple iPhone 8 beats iPhone X, and industry, in terms of Smartphone Benchmarks! (but does that matter anymore?)

In an unsurprising for some, but maybe surprising for consumers, in terms of synthetic benchmarks, it’s looking like out of the 3 iPhone’s Apple announced at their recent event, the iPhone X may not be the fastest Smartphone in the world!

Granted, the Smartphone which is the fastest Smartphone in the world (in terms of synthetic benchmarks) is one of the other 3, the iPhone 8.

As shown below, these are the Geekbench averages, as performed by users on iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices. Sure, in some cases you may find yourself reaching higher than these results, or lower, and as software evolves it’s very likely, but one bit of consistency we do see, is overall, the iPhone 8 is looking the stronger choice.

The reason for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus being the general top result iPhones, compared to the X is simple, display, or more specifically display resolution. The iPhone X is the highest resolution iPhone so far, granted it still doesn’t approach QHD, but it’s stronger than the 1080p iPhone 8 Plus, or naturally the 1334 x 750 from the iPhone 8.

Single Core is easily the closest, practically all three swap any position on that one, averaging around the 4200 mark, which honestly is insane on it’s own. For comparison, an Intel Core i7-6600U performs the 4000 Single Core, this truly is desktop results.

When it comes to Multi-Core results, things change. Only the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus top the 10,000 mark, which again is a first for any Smartphone so far on Geekbench, whilst the iPhone X just misses it, in this case at the 9944 mark.

Comparison against prior, or existing Smartphones

iPhone 7

SINGLE CORE: 3444
MULTI CORE: 5738

The iPhone 8 models and X feature the A11 Bionic processor, which is easy to see is a very sizeable increase in performance, specifically in terms of Multi Core, however when it comes to Single Core, the difference is actually rather small which in itself may be an additional reason why the new iPhone models may not be worth the upgrade from your current iPhone 7, or 7 Plus, models.

Single Core performance is far more important than Multi Core for the every day use you do with your Smartphone on a regular basis, and this alone, is why the rather minor increase should be enough for us to conclude that performance won’t be much, if at all, different.

Galaxy S8 (or Note8)

SINGLE CORE: 1965 (EXYNOS)
MULTI CORE: 6493 (EXYNOS)

Currently, the highest benchmarking Android phone is of course the Samsung Galaxy S8, specifically the Exynos 8895 model, proving once again that custom hardware with software does indeed get the results, at least better results than the Snapdragon offerings, but one thing that’s perfectly clear, is the wide distance suddenly displayed!

For those wondering, the Galaxy S8 (or Note8) is not the fastest Snapdragon 835 device by a long margin, ironically it’s currently the Chinese made Xiaomi MI 6, but the scores of a typical 835 device aren’t too far off, in this case Single 1901, though interestingly on the Multi results, Samsung just beats Huawei’s custom Kirin 960 from the Honor V9.

What’s interesting about the Android results, specifically the Galaxy S8, is that both Samsung with their Exynos processors, and Qualcomm with the latest Snapdragon, is even today they’re 1 generation late to take over in terms of synthetic benchmarks. The Galaxy S8 just beat the iPhone 7 from the year before, and even then it was only in Multi Core with a Processor containing 4 times more Cores! This is the reason we expect the Galaxy S9 to just beat the iPhones currently in the same way, but it’s crazy how we’re still on this band-wagon.

Do synthetic benchmarks even matter?

You’re probably wondering why we’re highlighting this point by including the Google Pixel from last year, well, firstly the successor isn’t out just yet, but mostly due to how it compares even today against the rest of even just the Android market of Smartphones in synthetic benchmarks, which is to say it sucks!

Yet, despite the fact that it was the lowest performing Snapdragon 821 device released, with results which allowed 820 devices and more take over it on the list of “fastest” devices, it still remains a device highly regarded for its no nonsense performance and more importantly, fast and smooth operation!

So what does that tell you? The device which felt faster in the hand, performed the most smoothly throughout (most) tasks, was a device which never charted high on synthetic benchmarks! Now, we know what you’re thinking, this can’t be right, well it is and it perfectly highlights what we’ve been saying since the beginning, synthetic benchmarks are literally one thing, a number. And, clearly, a number which doesn’t illustrate real world performance, which should be the most important thing you look for when you purchase a brand new Smartphone! Every phone is “the fastest”, “the best”, and the way that most, to use the term loosely, “tech reviewers”, compare and recommend devices as “the fastest” and “the best” is the same synthetic benchmarks, and we’ve just highlighted simply why that’s complete baloney! It’s pretty telling that all iPhone models before the 5S benchmarked lower, actually benchmarked terribly against Android devices, yet they performed night and day better … oh how times have changed.

What do you think? Do you rely on benchmarks and numbers to insight your purchasing decision?

 


Benchmarks Source: Geekbench iOS Benchmarks and Geekbench Android Benchmarks, on 20th September 2017

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