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Latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max Benchmarks Destroy the Android Competition

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Tom’s Guide has released new benchmarks performed on their iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review units from Apple, and their tests have concluded what the iPhone maker told us at their special event last week: A12 Bionic is the world’s most powerful mobile CPU.

When it came to Geekbench 4 multicore performance scores, the iPhone XS Max scored 11,515 and iPhone XS at 11,420, sitting atop the list as the world’s fastest smartphones. The iPhone X was in third place at 10,357, followed by the OnePlus 6 at 9,088. Apple’s iPhones are destroying the Android competition, including the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and S9+, which scored 8,876 and 8,295, respectively:

Iphone xs benchmark geekbench

With a score of 11,515 on Geekbench multicore, the iPhone XS Max fares better than a Retina MacBook Pro with a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU at 2.6GHz, and easily beating a 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with dual-core Intel Core i7 at 3.5GHz.

Back in July, alleged Geekbench 4 scores posted online showed a 2018 iPhone seeing multicore scores of 10912. Clearly, those scores look totally bogus as a final release A12 Bionic beat that number easily.

When it comes to video editing—transcoding a 2-minute 4K clip to 1080p with Adobe Premiere Clips—the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max did it in 39 seconds and iPhone X at 43 seconds, way ahead of the competition. In fourth place was the Galaxy S9+ at 2 minutes and 32 seconds; LG G7 ThinQ in fifth at 3 minutes and 16 seconds, followed by the OnePlus 6 at 3 minutes and 45 seconds.

App open times were also tested, with the iPhone XS Max loading Fortnite, Pokemon GO, Asphalt 9 and Tekken faster than the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 9.

One test where the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max did not win was when it came to 3D Mark Slingshot Extreme, which measures graphics performance, taking into consideration everything from rendering to volumetric lighting. The new iPhones placed 4th and 5th place respectively, with scores showing a few hundred behind the Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9 and OnePlus 6:

3d mark slingshot extreme tests

Tom’s Guide also looked at GFXBench 5.0/Metal tests, where the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max showed some high frame rates on the Aztec Ruins and Car Chase parts of the test. The iPhone XS topped 1,774.1 frames, while the iPhone XS Max saw frames hit 1,744.44. However, the Galaxy S9+ beat both the iPhone XS and XS Max in the Car Chase test, hitting 1,783 frames.

Overall, these tests show the A12 Bionic is definitely legit to take down the smartphone speed crown, easily beating Android phones running Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845.

Click here to check out all the benchmark scores over at Tom’s Guide.

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