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Yup, the iPhone 7 crushes Google’s new Pixel phones

Published Oct 5th, 2016 11:07AM EDT
iPhone 7 vs. Pixel Benchmarks
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Soon after Apple unveiled the iPhone 7, the first official benchmarks appeared and quickly confirmed what leaks suggested all along: the iPhone 7 is the fastest iPhone to date, with the A10 Fusion processor offering massive performance improvements compared to last year’s chipset. The new iPhone 7 is also more powerful than high-end Android handsets, and AnTuTu’s rankings for September show there’s really no contest.

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AnTuTu released the top 10 devices for the month of September, with the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 taking the top two spots with scores of 172644 and 170124, respectively. With a score of 160856, the LeEco Le Pro 3 took the third place and Xiaomi’s Mi 5s Plus and Mi 5s is ranked fourth.

iphone-7-antutu-top-10-september-2016Image source: AnTuTu

What’s important to know about the Le Pro 3 is that it sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which is exactly the chip that Google used for its Pixel and Pixel XL phones. That means the iPhone 7 will beat the Pixel in similar tests as well. Geekbench 4 scores that just hit the web confirm as much — Google’s Pixels score a 1580 on the single-core test and about 4100 on the multi-core test, while Apple’s latest iPhones score 3430 and about 5600.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was the seventh fastest smartphone according to AnTuTu benchmarks, with a score of 138373. That’s slightly above the iPhone 6s’ score of 136477, which didn’t make the top 10.

The only device that managed to outscore the iPhone 7 in these tests is also an Apple device, the iPad Pro tablet, whose AnTuTu score is 177266. A leak earlier this week revealed that the chips going into next year’s iPads will be even faster than the A10 Fusion.

Here’s the September top 10 for all iOS devices:

iphone-7-antutu-top-10-september-2016-2Image source: AnTuTu

Of course, benchmarks alone never tell the whole story, but real-life tests have also proven that the iPhone 7’s rivals are no match for Apple’s latest phones. The iPhone 7 is consistently faster than the Galaxy Note 7, and therefore faster than most high-end devices that pack similar hardware.

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.