I’ve been saying it for the last couple months. Apple is going to smoke the competition this year. Here we are, 11 months after the release of the last iPhone, and the iPhone 6 could still pass as an awesome flagship phone.
This happens at the same time as Android is hitting a lull. The top of the line processor, the Snapdragon 810 causes overheating and throttling, and the next best Snapdragon 808 is only a marginal improvement over last year’s 32 bit processors.
When you take out all of the Snapdragon 810 phones (LG G Flex 2, HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z3+, OnePlus 2) and the Snapdragon 808 phones (Moto X, LG G4), that leaves us with Samsung’s latest flagships, which use Samsung Exynos processors.
I have to give Samsung credit. Everyone seems to enjoy blaming Qualcomm for the rough year Android is having, but let’s be fair, the OEMs should have tested this thing. It would appear that Samsung is the only ones that did.
The Samsung Exynos 7420 that’s in the Galaxy Note 5 is an octa core processor that’s clocked at 2.1 GHz. It uses a 14 nm process, which should make for a super efficient processor.
The A8 processor in the iPhone 6 is 1.4 GHz dual core, and as it turns out, it kills the Galaxy Note 5 in a speed test. Have a look.
While Samsung’s Touchwiz does hurt the performance, I feel like he could have done a better job of describing the speed of the apps. For example, we see that the Galaxy Note 5 takes longer because it has to reload the apps. How about showing us in app performance, so we can get a handle on the actual speed of the device, rather than just the OS?
It also bothered me that he kept talking about octa core processors and dual core processors. Seriously, anyone who says that they’re shocked that a 1.4 GHz dual core processor could outperform a 2.1 GHz octa core processor is fairly ignorant as to how processors actually work. There’s more to it than cores and GHz, folks, and Apple really put a powerful processor under the hood of the iPhone 6.