iPhone 5 Benchmark: CPU, GPU Graphics, Browser Performance vs Android

The lines outside Apple Stores are finally over and most fanboys already have iPhone 5. The excitement was 70% higher than iPhone 4S, length of waiting lines outside the stores was the proof.

We had initial iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3 CPU Benchmark and  Galaxy SIII took the crown. Now that we’ve access to real device, its time to compare each aspect of the Benchmark and nominate one good winner.

Related: Complete iPhone 5 Specs vs. iPhone 4S

Let’s Benchmark iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 4S vs. other iOS devices against these:

  1. Browser Performance: Sunspider, Browsermark, Guimark
  2. GPU – Graphics performance
  3. CPU – RAW Generic processing performance

Most high-end phones nowadays run on one of two architectures: ARM’s Cortex-A9, which is used by Nvidia, Texas Instruments and others, and Qualcomm’s Krait. But the A6, is something completely different—an ARM-compatible system-on-a-chip designed, top to bottom, by Apple.

iPhone 5 is the fastest iOS device ever, and its twice as fast as iPhone 4S.

Browser & CPU Performance

First the browser benchmarks: Sunspider, Browsermark, and Guimark 3 Bitmap all test Web browser performance. Sunspider is about JavaScript, Guimark is about interactive HTML5, and Browsermark is an overall browser benchmark.

iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S vs. iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 3GS  Browser & CPU Benchmarks

iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3 and Moto Droid RAZR M (Android)

From the Above benchmarks we can conclude that iOS 6 browser is way faster than Android ICS/Jellybean, and the results are in favor of iOS 6 devices. iPhone 4S, for example, can match the performance of top-end Android smartphones.

The iPhone 5 takes it further in browsers. iPhone 5 Browsermark score is 80 percent higher, and it shows much quicker Sunspider times. GUIMark, like most mobile on-screen graphics tests, maxes out at 60 frames per second because that’s as fast as your screen updates.

When it comes to CPU performance, iPhone 5 is struck by Galaxy S3 on ICS or Jelly Bean. There’s no match to S3’s quad-core CPU in the market. Complete Geekbench CPU benchmark results here.


Graphics / GPU Benchmark

GLBenchmark 2.5 is a graphics benchmark, creating and walking through simulated game scenes.

iPhone 5 runs  a Tri-Core GPU with two 32-bit LPDDR2 memory channels. We’re likely looking at a PowerVR SGX 543MP3 running at 266MHz.

Performance in the “onscreen” tests is dependent on a phone’s graphics power but also on screen resolution. We know that Galaxy S3 has nearly 26% more pixels (921,600 to the iPhone’s 727,400), so if we compare onscreen graphics, it won’t be a good benchmark.

The tests below are purely “offscreen”, which essentially denote RAW graphics-crunching power.

The “offscreen” measure of raw graphics performance, the iPhone 5 doubles the Galaxy S III’s result. It’s simply a more powerful tri-core GPU.

Here is a comparison of Various Mobile SoC GPU comparison among:

Adreno 225 vs. PowerVR SGX 540 vs. Power VR SGX 543MP2 vs. PowerVR SGX 543MP3 vs. PowerVR SGX 543MP4 vs. Mali-400 MP4 vs. NVIDIA Tegra 3

Clearly, iPhone 5 wins the battle when it comes to RAW GPU, iOS 6’s browser performance. Its bit lacking in CPU department, but we can proudly say that iPhone 5 is the world’s fastest Smartphone, yet.

Related: Cost to manufacture iPhone  5 is $167

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