Even if you’re living under a rock, you would certainly know that the latest iPhones are already out, so are all the major Android flagships of 2017. For the ones that still haven’t been announced yet, we’re pretty sure that they will come powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. Apple iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X, on the other hand, will be powered by the A11 Bionic chipset.
Apple’s A11 Bionic SoC is the most powerful chip any smartphone has ever seen and it is leaps and bounds ahead of its competition and time. The chipset has made the newest iPhone 8 and 8 Plus such a powerhouse that even John Poole, founder of Primate Labs, the creator of Geekbench, couldn’t refrain himself from the praising the A11 Bionic SoC and its desktop-class performance.
This hasn’t come as a surprise as the Geekbench 4 test results have already shown what the new iPhones with the A11 Bionic chip are capable of. The iPhone 8 Plus scored 10,170 on the multi-core test of the benchmark. To put that into perspective, the best an Android phone could reach is 6,564, and the phone is the latest Galaxy Note 8.
Poole, in an interview, said:
“The thing that I don’t fully understand is why performance has seemed to stagnate on the Android side. Where you don’t see these big leaps forward. I don’t understand what’s happening there.”
“At this point, you’ve got desktop-class performance in a handset. There’s no way of looking at it any other way. I wouldn’t have thought to use my first-generation iPhone to edit video. I would’ve thought you were crazy. Everybody looks at the A11 scores and they go, ‘Holy crap, this is . . . what does this mean? Are these even comparable?’ Well, yes, they’re comparable, but at the same time, you’re not going to use your phone to render a huge video because, simply, the form factor doesn’t lend itself to it.”
The staggering performance of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will not only make the phone future proof but can also be leveraged for the current scenario. This kind of performance is perfectly suited for the augmented reality and machine learning, that Apple is heavily investing in.
This level of performance is also achieved considering the fact that the iPhones have a fairly low-res display when compared to the Android flagships and the iOS is also heavily optimised for the iPhone’s hardware. But that is a minor factor that determines the overall performance of the iPhone. The A11 Bionic chip has been in works for about a couple of years and has been designed to provide the best-in-class performance that leaves every other phone behind.