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The first iPhone X Plus benchmark is out teasing performance Android can only dream of

Published Jul 2nd, 2018 7:45AM EDT
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We got just over two more months of waiting for the next-gen iPhone series to drop, but we finally have a leak that seems to confirm what we’ve been telling you for a while now. The best iPhone X successor that Apple will sell this September will pack unrivaled performance, the kind of power Android device makers can only dream of.

The iPhone X also has no rival when it comes to raw power. It packs the fastest chip in the industry, with Qualcomm and Samsung still playing catchup. But the iPhone X on iOS 11 is outperformed in real-life speed tests by Snapdragon and Exynos-powered flagship.

Come fall, however, the next-gen iPhone X versions should not have similar problems. That’s because Apple is focusing on performance with iOS 12, which was clear from the moment the first iOS 12 beta rolled out about a month ago. Not only was it a lot more stable than we’d have hoped, but it also brought noticeable performance gains to all iPhones running it. We saw plenty of speed tests which revealed both real-life improvements, and better benchmarks — here’s what the iPhone X scored on iOS 12 beta 1:

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This brings us to the latest iPhone X leak, a benchmark test saved on Geekbench a few days ago. We’re looking at a device that’s identified as iPhone11,2, running iOS 12 on a six-core processor and 4GB of RAM. That phone can only be the 2018 iPhone X Plus or iPhone X. Both phones are supposed to pack 4GB of RAM, according to a trusted leak.

The scores show a significant improvement compared to the A11 Bionic powering the 2017 iPhone models. We’re looking at a single-core score of 4673 and multi-core score of 10912. Compared to the iPhone X scores above, we have performance gains of about 10% and 7% respectively.

Image source: Geekbench

The A12 chip will be Apple’s first 7nm chip and the first in the industry. That means we already expect better performance and efficiency from the next-gen Apple processors for the iPhone. But the benchmark above shows exactly what we might be in for.

Comparatively, Qualcomm and Snapdragon are still on second-gen 10nm chips. That means phones like the OnePlus 6, Galaxy Note 9, and Pixel 3 won’t be able to outscore the iPhone X, let alone any of the 2018 models. Currently, the top Android handsets score around 3400 and 9000 in the same benchmark.

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.