iPhone 5 Performance Tests Reveal It’s The Fastest Smartphone Ever [Benchmarks]


While the initial drop tests have already crowned the iPhone 5 as one of the most durable handsets every built, performance benchmarks from AnandTech and PCMag now seem to confirm that it’s actually the fastest smartphone in the world as well.

As previously reported by AnandTech that iPhone 5’s A6 is s something completely different than anything we’ve seen before in an S0C i.e an ARM-compatible system-on-a-chip designed, top to bottom, by Apple, it’s power trumps everything else in the market as well.

Here’s what they found in their iPhone 5 performance analysis starting out with the CPU:

With an app download process in the background I got Geekbench to report a 1.2GHz clock speed, and with everything quiet in the background the A6 reported 800MHz after being queried. Overall, the performance of the A6 CPU cores seems to be very good. […]

The A5 featured a two core design, running at approximately 200MHz based on our latest news. The A5X in the 3rd generation iPad featured a four core design, running at the same 200MHz clock speed.

The A6 on the other hand features a three core PowerVR SGX 543MP3, running at higher clock speeds to deliver a good balance of die size while still delivering on Apple’s 2x GPU performance claim. […]

When we run everything at 1080p the iPhone 5 looks a lot like the new iPad, and is about 2x the performance of the Galaxy S 3.

Similar tests were performed by PCMag who are now claiming that the iPhone 5 looks to be the fastest smartphone they’ve ever tested.

The iPhone 5 takes things to the next level with a processor that can compete with the S4 along with the fast browser. Its Browsermark score is 80 percent higher, and it shows much quicker Sunspider times. GUIMark, like most mobile on-screen graphics tests, maxes out at 60 frames per second because that’s as fast as your screen updates. […]

The “offscreen” tests are purely graphics-crunching power. The Galaxy S III has 26 percent more pixels than the iPhone 5 (921,600 to the iPhone’s 727,400) but as you can see, in the “offscreen” measure of raw graphics performance, the iPhone 5 doubles the Galaxy S III’s result. It’s simply a more powerful phone.

Based on these benchmarks, the iPhone 5 lives up to the promise of being twice as fast as the iPhone 4S, and also, for now, the fastest handheld computer sold in the  market.


  • KJ

    Haw haw android once again behind the times

  • Snapple

    Not really. I tested my Galaxy Nexus running custom ROM on the octane v1 benchmark an the GN scored higher than a friends new iPhone 5. So take all these posted benchmarks with a grain of salt.

  • Nate Allen

    Exactly, on a custom ROM. This test is based on out of the box unmodified phones. 98% of people could care less about running custom ROMs.

  • Kj

    Haw haw sounds like both of you are sweating it

  • Pretty sure a new Android phone will be coming out around the corner with ‘better specs’. That outta push more S3s into landfills, like old DROIDs, Nexus phones, etc.

  • Ben

    pfft I don’t believe that shit at all!!! there is way that android is behind the times. Apple is only now just catching up

  • joe

    but on geek bench its lower than the s3 international

  • Farids

    My new iPhone 5 finally activated at 2:30AM on Friday-Saturday. Since then, I’ve tried Infinity Blade 1 and 2, and Dungeon Hunter 1, 2, and 3. They load very fast and run much smoother than my 4S. The screen seems to be much brighter than 4S. The phone reception too, seems to have improved. In the basement, where there’s barely any reception, I’m getting 3 Bars vs. 1-2 bars on my 4S. And 1 bar on my roommate’s Samsung Galaxy 2. The battery has improved big time over my 4S which was really good. The battery longevity is absolutely fantastic: so good, I though the battery percentage indicator was broken! With iPhone 4S, since it’s used for a business involving phone support, at the end of a normal day, I was left with less than 15% battery and was often forced to charge late afternoon in busy days. With iPhone 5, at the end of the day, it has 40%-50% charge left. It’s simply unbelievable considering the amount of time I spend on the phone, email or browsing the web reading tech related articles, looking for products for clients and updating myself.

  • Farids

    That’s my problem with Samsung. They presented a phone with near perfect specifications. Then called it SG3 international version. Then they produced a completely different inferior phone that looked identical to SG3, called it SG3, and sold it to the 95% that don’t know better and rely on Samsung’s integrity and honesty. I know this first hand, because I’m a consultant, and two of my own customers returned their SG3’s and bought something else when they read this in a Globe and Mail article. They tell me they will never buy a Samsung product even if it’s their only choice. Samsung manufactures great products, no question! But their business conduct and honesty is questionable. Especially, they are so arrogant, they do this sort of business in broad daylight and don’t even try to hide it.