This has to be hottest news of today. It seems that some users that have already got their hands on the new iPhone 4S have run some performance benchmarks and posted the numbers on line. These performance numbers are then picked by the Anandtech website and they compiled a more complete list of performance benchmarks of the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S2 and other mobile devices. Performance benchmarking software that has been used includes the well known SunSpider Java Script Benchmark, Rightware BrowserMark, GeekBench and GLBenchmark to evaluate the performance of the modern smartphones and tablets in applications like browser performance, java script performance and GPU performance. Earlier we reported that Apple A5 chip integrated in iPhone 4S has only 512 MB of RAM on-board. Now further info about the A5 chip has also been revealed which suggests that the clock frequency of the A5 chip inside iPhone 4S is 700 MHz as compared to the A5 chip on iPad 2 which is clocked at 800 MHz. But despite the down-clocked A5 chip iPhone 4S shows great performance in all the benchmarks as you can see below:
SunSpider Java Script Benchmark
Rightware Browsermark results more or less mirror what we have seen in the previous benchmark that is iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 at the top position while Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4 are far behind. Again this shows the impressive performance optimizations done by Apple for the iOS 5/iPhone 4S combo, but at the same time this is for sure that Android based devices such as Samsung Galaxy S2 which are still based on Gingerbread will be able to cover this performance gap as soon as Ice Cream Sandwich based firmware is released for these devices. Of Couse, Honeycomb based Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is already giving us a hint on what to expect from the Ice Cream Sandwich!
Geekbench shows the performance for the iOS based devices and this time iPad 2 is also includes in the performance benchmarks. Its evident that iPhone 4 was never a big step up from the iPhone 3GS in terms of performance but on the other hand iPhone 4S is almost two times faster as compared to the iPhone 4! iPhone 4S is only beaten by the iPad 2 here and that makes sense because iPad 2 has A5 chip which is clocked at slightly higher frequency.
Final performance benchmark that we are going to discuss is related to the GPU or graphics performance of the modern Android and iOS mobile devices in the GLBenchmark. This paints quite an interesting picture about the GPU muscle of the A5 chip that is under the hood of iPhone 4S. It shows that iPhone 4S is almost 7 times faster than the iPhone 4! In other words, when Apple was saying that iPhone 4S is 7 times faster in GPU performance than the iPhone 4 they were not kidding! Its also close to two times faster than the Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) which is really impressive. iPhone 4S is only beaten by the iPad 2 here which makes sense because as mentioned before iPad 2 has a higher clocked A5 chip.
Based on these performance figures there is no denying that iPhone 4S is quite a powerful beast and is actually more powerful than other mobile devices available in the market (with the exception of Apple’s own iPad 2). However, keep in mind that iPhone 4S performance figures shown in these figures are taken from the Internet posted by some anonymous users. So that might not be 100% accurate. Also once the Ice Crème Sandwich (Android 4.0) get released for many of the Android devices included in the performance benchmarks the result might paint a different picture.
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