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Apple iPhone 5's A6 chipset performance examined in detail

22 September, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
Apple iPhone 5's A6 chipset performance examined in detail - read the full textEver since the Apple iPhone 5 was announced, the A6 chipset which powers it has been something of a riddle. With Apple mentioning nothing on the exact specifications, we had to wait another week to find the core count and architecture, as well as the RAM amount and GPU model. Now however, we got...


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  • 2013-09-10 21:08
  • x3mA

> In reply to Nick @ 2013-01-01 06:54 from RFjW - click to readQuad its not a problem, its the GPU...

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  • 2013-02-07 16:14
  • njxA

Even samsung quad can't match iphone dual core, whats the point with quad.

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  • 2013-01-01 06:54
  • RFjW

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-09-22 17:25 from 8YCj - click to readIts called Asus padfone 2 you will see whats up iphone fanboys. The samsung g s3 its comming up on 6mth old now thats pretty big considering the technology these devices can catch up on to other mobile devices.

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  • 2012-12-16 14:38
  • U2AF

The LG Optimus G came shorter in browser benchmarks - just like every other device (way to go Apple) - and slightly in the GL but the LG has higher res than the iPhone and the difference between framrates isn't that big. For iLovers that own a 4S the 5 is a good upgrade. For people that just want a powerfull phone, the iPhone 5 just isn't good enough and it will be outdated in less than a month - already is.
But iLovers won't mind that and keep buying the most expensive phone ever, even if it's not the best phone ever as well. :)

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  • 2012-09-26 15:16
  • 3pra

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-09-26 06:55 from snM$ - click to readSo what in the Mali-400 specs that puts it near the top of the benchmarks do you see as small?

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  • 2012-09-26 13:54
  • 3Jn}

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-09-26 06:55 from snM$ - click to readI still think Mali performs least the mali400MP does good for me.

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  • 2012-09-26 13:43
  • 8yUE

And this is exactly why Samsung should never have gone away from PowerVR(original SGS).Instead they went with GPU called Mali(it means "small" in my language,btw.) :D

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  • 2012-09-26 06:55
  • snM$

> In reply to Kalnox @ 2012-09-26 00:28 from 8yU% - click to readHey you try to tell them they have nothing to brag about...
Because if the cult of Steve Jobs tells them something's better then their years of Apple conditioning tell them they must be telling them the truth.
I mean I'm an Atheist and convincing an iFan they wrong is exactly the same as trying to convince someone God doesn't exist.

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  • 2012-09-26 01:40
  • 39x{

> In reply to Baracus @ 2012-09-26 00:11 from 3auN - click to readYou're right except for one thing, iFans have nothing to brag about AT THE MOMENT. :)

Like I said, let them first compare the iP5 to a phone running JellyBean(SGS3, HTCOneX etc) and then iFans can brag all they want if the iP5 still tops the benches or at least come in the top 3.

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  • 2012-09-26 00:28
  • 8yU%

> In reply to Kalnox @ 2012-09-25 23:51 from 8yU% - click to readYeah the Nexus is the closest thing there is to a Google optimised phone because they always use Nexus to release the newest Android version, but even on Jellybean there's still a butt load more power to be extracted from the Nexus and every other Android phone.
So iPhone 5 being slightly ahead of S3 on ICS means nothing when simply upgrading to Jellybean will add a good 20% extra performance and plenty more to come from future upgrades and will completely blow the iPhone 5 into the water and give the iFans less to brag about.

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  • 2012-09-26 00:11
  • 3auN

> In reply to Baracus @ 2012-09-25 14:10 from 39x% - click to readThis is true...I presume you saw the video with the galaxy nexus running JellyBean compared to the SAME GALAXY NEXUS running ICS? They used a high speed camera and you see the HUGE difference in'd swear they rigged it with new hardware, they didnt...just the OS changed :)

And this is why some people end up paying more money for much less or the same stuff.

For those of you who didnt watch the vid

So then, those of you who dont know that there were 2 different OS on 2 of the SAME device would say the galaxy nexus on the right had better hardware?

Yea, right :)

Facts are facts, iOS6 utilizes the iphone 5's hardware better. I'm yet to see the iphone 5 do a benchmark test with a smartphone running JellyBean, THEN will I accept the A6 being crowned. Other than that, its too soon to start a monarchy :P

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  • 2012-09-25 23:51
  • 8yU%

> In reply to Kalnox @ 2012-09-25 13:14 from 8yUE - click to readYeah Jellybean has improved benchmark scores on S3 by close to 20%.
And people have to understand that Android is designed to work on hundreds of different phones and optimised for none, so optimising the OS to make best use of the CPU/GPU is and endless task.
But Apple just have to make the A6 work with 1 phone so can be perfectly optimised even though the iPhone is just so limited and restrictive you'll almost never use all power where Android can.

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  • 2012-09-25 14:10
  • 39x%

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-09-24 17:51 from Nhgi - click to readNow that is the true definition of a bottleneck device.

At least you can stick with a quad core phone for a while...and still use it to run heavy apps that are to be made(in the near future).

To get a bigger screened'd have to wait for it between the period of the iphone 7 to the iphone 10s :)

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  • 2012-09-25 13:18
  • 8yUE

Let me put this in lehman terms for those who did not receive the blessing of common sense.

The A6 is NOT faster than most of those processor's from the other smartphones. The iOS6 software utilizes the processor better than android software(as always) therefore "freeing up" the already outdated "customized" processor, and voilà! you have a "faster processor"

Test it by itself against the others and you will see the difference.

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  • 2012-09-25 13:14
  • 8yUE

iPhone 5 is the better in this moment...

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  • 2012-09-25 08:25
  • 8y9@

> In reply to Denzo @ 2012-09-24 14:18 from IPty - click to readBwahahahahahahahahahahaha

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  • 2012-09-24 21:36
  • q8Q8

Check this out, lol we don't know which one is the good one each site is is saying something new, in gsmarena they say iphone benchmark is the higher in other sites they say samsung benchmark is the higher Looool so which one should we trust now

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  • 2012-09-24 19:40
  • TiNi

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-09-24 17:51 from Nhgi - click to readPutting a GPU like that in iPhone is like putting a F1 engine in a disabled scooter.
Because they both just gonna sit there spinning their wheels in a cloud of smoke while less powerful and more capable machines overtake it.

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  • 2012-09-24 18:40
  • 39x{

at one stage people were saying why have a Quad-core it's useless, now I say why would you need a GPU that powerful in a 4inch screen phone?

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  • 2012-09-24 17:51
  • Nhgi

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