A10 Fusion Chip in iPhone 7 Plus Outperforms iPad Pro's A9X in Benchmark Tests

What appears to be a legitimate benchmark of an iPhone 7 Plus with an A10 Fusion processor has been spotted on Geekbench, and its performance scores are impressive. The A10 Fusion in the iPhone 7 Plus outperforms all existing iOS devices equipped with A9 and A9X processors, including the iPhone 6s, the iPhone SE, and the 9.7 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

The iPhone 7 Plus received a single-core score of 3233 and a multi-core score of 5363. Comparatively, the iPhone 6s Plus averages a single-core score of 2407 and a multi-core score of 4046, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which has the highest-clocked A9X chip, has an average single-core score of 3009 and an average multi-core score of 4881.

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The iPhone 7 Plus is approximately 33 percent faster than the iPhone 6s when it comes to both single and multi-core scores, and approximately 7 percent faster than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on single-core tests and nearly 10 percent faster on multi-core tests.

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Apple's A10 chip is running at 2.23 GHz, which is potentially under-clocked because rumors suggested it would be capable of running at 2.4 to 2.45GHz. The A9X in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro runs at 2.2GHz, while the A9 in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus runs at 1.8GHz.

In marketing materials, Apple says the A10 Fusion chip is the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone, running two times faster than the iPhone 6 with graphics performance that's up to three times faster. In Geekbench tests, the iPhone 7 Plus did indeed double the performance of the iPhone 6 Plus on both multi and single-core tests.

The A10 Fusion built into the iPhone 7 is a four-core processor with two high-power cores for handling system intensive tasks and two high-efficiency cores that kick in for less intensive processes to save battery life. Apple says that the iPhone 7 should offer approximately two hours more battery life than the iPhone 6s on average and the iPhone 7 Plus should offer approximately one hour of additional battery life compared to the iPhone 6s Plus.

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Top Rated Comments

danielwsmithee Avatar
66 months ago
For reference Samsung Note 7 clocks in at 6000 on multi-core test.

http://gsminsider.com/2016/08/samsung-galaxy-note-7-benchmark-scores-antutu-and-geekbench-3/
And yet the Note 7 still gets trounced by the iPhone 6S.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sputnikv Avatar
66 months ago
should they remove the "pro" moniker from the ipad if it's at the same level of a phone?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ryanmcv Avatar
66 months ago
If this is indeed legitimate, it confirms that the iPhone 7 Plus has 3 GB of RAM.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Casfin Avatar
66 months ago
At this point, these numbers (for any phone benchmark) are meaningless.
The real world observational differences in typical day to day use would be unnoticeable.

There was a time you'd see a difference, but over the last 5 years phones are so fast, no one will see any kind of difference.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pika2000 Avatar
66 months ago
The A9 is still faster than the Snapdragon 820, and now this.

But because Apple doesn't change the phone's shape, it is clear that Apple is not INNOVATIVE! Apple should be like Samsung, putting random features like iris scanner (that is more cumbersome to use). That's innovation!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redman042 Avatar
66 months ago
My 6s Plus and iPad 9.7" Pro are both so fast already that I find myself not totally frothing at the mouth for this. Sure I'll always take more speed, but for the first time ever, I'm not impatiently awaiting the speed upgrade. In fact, I'm asking myself if I'll even notice the additional performance. There is absolutely NOTHING slow about my current-gen devices.

And I've owned every iPhone since the 3G, and most prior generation iPads, and this was never true before. In comparison the iPhone 6 was kind of a dog, and the page and app reloads annoying. But not anymore with the A9/A9x.

The fact that Apple took it such a huge step further with the 10 is nuts in the best way possible. I love it. I also dig that they both boosted performance and efficiency with the lower powered cores. Nice move.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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