Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been available in stores for just over two weeks now. Aside from the odd exploding iPhone here and there, things have gone swimmingly for Apple. The company's latest and greatest flagship phones offer big improvements over the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in just about every key area, from power and performance to camera quality and even battery life. Where power and performance are concerned though, the flurry of iPhone 7 reviews that have flooded the web over the past couple of weeks may have buried one of the most impressive things about Apple's new iPhones — despite the fact that Apple never focuses on speeds and feeds, its latest iPhones positively crush every single flagship Android phone on the market.
Just how much more powerful are the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus than their Android-powered rivals. A new set of performance test results leave little room for interpretation.
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Shortly after the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released last month, we saw a mind-blowing real-world performance test that pitted the new iPhone 7 against the fastest widely available Android flagship, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7. The results of that test were flat-out embarrassing. Apple's new iPhone 7 wasn't just faster than the Note 7, it was in a completely different league.
That type of real-world usage test is one way to compare smartphones against each other, but another more common method is with benchmark tests. Neither method tells the entire story of course, but together they help paint a more complete picture of how powerful one smartphone is versus other models.
So, do benchmark tests tell a different story than that real-world performance test? Let's have a look — here are single-core GeekBench test results, as compiled by mobile blog GSMArena:
Here are multi-core GeekBench results:
And Aututu 6 test results:
Noticing a pattern here? Apple's new iPhone 7 completely crushes every other phone thanks to industry-leading chip designs, cutting-edge components and optimizations that make iOS far smoother in general. The most impressive takeaway here is that we might not see a more powerful smartphone unveiled until next September when Apple launches the iPhone 8 — remember, Apple's iPhone 6s is still more powerful than nearly every other smartphone out there more than a year after its release.