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Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:59PM EST
Galaxy S6 Vs iPhone 6

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Pitting a brand new octa-core monster of a flagship Android phone with 3GB of RAM against a dual-core iPhone with 1GB of RAM doesn’t seem like it should be a fair fight. As we saw in a number of performance tests ahead of the Galaxy S6’s debut and following its launch, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone crushes every other phone on the planet in a number of key areas.

When it comes to gaming, however, performance tests paint an entirely different picture that might really surprise you.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 is surprisingly scrappy, as we saw when the phone first launched. Despite only having a dual-core CPU and just 1GB of RAM, the iPhone outperformed every single widely available Android smartphone across the board.

But what about performance tests that focus on gaming?

GameBench on Wednesday published the results of an in-depth series of tests that compared gaming performance among four top smartphones: the iPhone 6, the Galaxy S6, HTC’s One M9 and Google’s Nexus 6. Logic might dictate that quad- and octa-core smartphones with faster clock speeds and more RAM would crush the lowly dual-core iPhone 6, but that simply isn’t the case.

Here are the results of a few tests performed with popular games:

As you can see, the iPhone 6 doesn’t just keep pace with its Android rivals, it outperforms them by a huge margin in some cases.

Here’s the overall result:

The results may seem surprising, but they’re actually not as shocking as you might think.

Efficiency is the name of the game for Apple, and this holds especially true in the case of the iPhone 6. While the phone’s display looks just as impressive as any other smartphone screen on the market, its resolution is only about 720p. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 packs a quad HD display.

Samsung’s new smartphone screen is perhaps the most stunning panel ever seen on a phone, but packing 2K resolution into a 5.1-inch display is overkill and it comes at a cost.

The full analysis and more test results are available via the source link below.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.