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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus crush rivals in performance tests despite dual-core CPU

iPhone 6 Vs Android

As smartphones have grown more complex and powerful over the past couple of years, quad-core processors have become the standard. Quad-core clockspeeds have climbed to 2.5GHz and beyond, and some new smartphones even feature eight processor cores. Supporting these beastly processors is often either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, thus ensuring plenty of available memory on a smartphone for whatever tasks users might throw at them.

Meanwhile, Apple’s brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus features a “disappointing” dual-core Apple A8 processor and “just” 1GB of RAM. But guess what… it turns out that those seemingly puny specs just crushed quad-core and octa-core rival smartphones in a number of key performance tests carried out by the world’s leading blog when it comes to technical gadget analyses.

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Anandtech is widely known as the go-to spot for technical device reviews and thorough, unbiased testing. And as was the case last year, the site put Apple’s brand new iPhones through the paces as part of its review process and — as was also the case last year — the results are somewhat shocking.

According to the site’s tests, Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus crushed quad-core and octa-core in a number of key tests related to performance and even battery life. Apple’s higher-resolution iPhone 6 Plus and even the comparatively low-resolution iPhone 6 did lag the competition where some graphics performance is concerned, however.

Charts showing several iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus test results compared to the competition follow below. The rest can be found on Anandtech’s site, which is linked down in the source section.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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