iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 vs Android Flagships: Performance Benchmarks

The performance benchmark results published by AnandTech yesterday revealed that Apple’s newest flagship handsets once again perform quite well across the board.

However, some of you wanted to know how the GeekBench benchmark scores of the new iPhones compare with Android based flagships. So we have got that information for you.

But before going through the comparative analysis, here’s what John Poole, developer and co-founder of PrimeLabs, makers of Geekbench have to say to iMore about the performance of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when compared to Android-based flagship smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S5, Motorola Moto X (2nd generation) and HTC One (M8)

Geekbench 3 shows that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are 15% faster than the iPhone 5s. While this difference isn’t as dramatic as the one between iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5 (the 5s is twice as fast as the 5), a large part of last year’s difference came from the switch from the 32-bit ARMv7 architecture to the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture.

When compared against other flagship handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S 5 or the Motorola Moto X (2014), the iPhone 6 has significantly better single-core performance and comparable multi-core performance.

Single-core performance is arguably the most important performance metric for smartphones. Every application will benefit from improved single-core performance while only specialized applications will benefit from improved multi-core performance.

Here’s the comparative analysis:

All iPhones - Single-core Geekbench scores
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus vs Android Flagships - Single-core Geekbench-scores
All iPhones - Single-core Geekbench-scores
iPhone 6 vs Android flagships  - Multi-core Geekbench scores

So as you can see when it comes to single-core performance, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have quite a significant edge over the Android-based flagships. When it comes to multi-core performance too, the new iPhones despite coming with only two-cores as opposed to quad-cores in case of the Android-based smartphones, hold up pretty well.

The Geekbench benchmark like the camera tests highlights that tech specs such as clock speed, number of cores, megapixel count are not everything, as Apple’s integrated hardware and software approach continues to give it an edge over its rivals when it comes to performance.

[via iMore]