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The iPhone 7 is twice as fast as the best Android phone you can buy

Published Sep 15th, 2016 11:25AM EDT
iPhone 7 vs. Android Benchmarks
Image: Apple Inc.

I told you well before Apple announced it that the iPhone 7 will be the fastest smartphone in the world, since the only smartphone it would have to beat for the title is the iPhone 6s. Then the first benchmarks came out, proving the extraordinary speed gains that Apple advertised on stage. How fast is the iPhones? Well, it turns out that Apple’s latest iPhone is twice as fast as the best Android handsets that you can buy today.

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus scored around 3,450 and 5,630 in Geekbench tests, but we already knew that. The A10 Fusion chip inside the new iPhones is twice as fast as the iPhone 6, and a lot more efficient.

“iPhone 7 is supercharged by the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone,” Apple says on its iPhone 7 minisite. “It’s not just faster than any previous iPhone — it’s also more efficient. That’s because the A10 Fusion chip uses an all-new architecture that enables faster processing when you need it, and the ability to use even less power when you don’t.”

But how fast is it compared to top Android devices? Luckily for you, there’s a neat chart on Geekbench that lists Android benchmarks. The Galaxy S7 leads the top in single-core tests with 1806:

iphone-7-vs-android-benchmark-a10-fusion-chip-single-coreImage source: PrimateLabs

The Galaxy Note 7 is the fastest phone in multi-core tests at 5228:

iphone-7-vs-android-benchmark-a10-fusion-chip-multi-coreImage source: PrimateLabs

No matter how you look at it, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the fastest phones in the world right now. And given that rivals aren’t even able to beat last year’s iPhone 6s in performance tests, it’s likely the iPhone 7 will dominate the speed charts for the next year or more. Discussing the same charts, John Gruber points out that the iPhone 7 outscores all MacBook Airs and even matches the 2013 MacBook Pro — though, yes, comparing Macs to iPhones isn’t really fair.

Yes, these are conclusions based solely on numbers. The first speed comparisons will come out in the coming days on YouTube, at which point we’ll see exactly how fast the iPhone 7 really is.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.