The iPhone 5′s A6 processor is a powerful, super-speedy beast, according to benchmarks of the forthcoming handset that showed up on Geekbench on Sunday.
The iPhone 5, labeled as iPhone5,2, scored a 1601 on Geekbench’s scale. For comparison, the iPhone 4S, which runs on an A5 processor, scored an average of 629, and the A5X-powered third-generation iPad averaged a 766. A chart for current iOS device benchmarks is available here.
Although the iPhone 5 crushed its iOS predecessors and most leading Android devices, it fell short of the the quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III, which scored a 1723.
PrimateLabs’ John Pool acknowledged to MacRumors that these early iPhone 5 results could be faked but that, based on what we know of the iPhone 5 processor thus far, they look legit. According to the results, the A6 is a dual-core 1.02 GHz ARMv7 processor with 1 GB of RAM.
You can look for our full review of the iPhone 5 in the coming weeks.