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Geekbench: A11 Bionic smokes past Android rivals, beats iPad Pro, on par with 13″ MBP
Almost a year has passed following iPhone 7's debut and the Apple-designed A10 Fusion system-on-a-chip powering it has only recently been marginally outperformed by a few rival devices. However, Apple is already out with a game-changing A11 Bionic chip in the new iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, now ranked as by far the fastest mobile chip out there. According to early Geekbench scores for iPhone X and iPhone 8, not only does the new A11 silicon beats the latest iPad Pro's A10X Fusion chip (an improved version of the iPhone 7's A10 Fusion one) but produces some unbelievable numbers in multi-core tests putting it on par with the speediest Intel-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. Geekbench's John Poole says the benchmarks are real. For those wondering, the benchmarked iPhone hardware has reported running iOS 11.1, which will either come preloaded on iPhone X or people on Apple's iPhone engineering team have been running these benchmarks and uploading them to Geekbench. Identified as an ARM-based processor with six CPU cores clocked at 1.31GHz, the A11 chip has an average single-core score between 4,100 and 4,274 and a multi-core performance exceeding an unbelievable 10,438. By comparison the latest 10.5-inch iPad Pro with Apple's A10 Fusion chip sees single and multi-core scores of about 3,887 and 9,210, respectively. As for the flagship 13-inch MacBook Pro model with Intel's 3.5GHz dual-core chip, the notebook typically sees a single-core score of 4,592 and a multi-core score of 9,602. This is wildly impressive. Those scores are not only nightmare for Android, they're pretty bad news for Intel as well and any other semiconductor maker out there, including the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung who manufacture chips that power most Android devices. Previous A-series chips routinely outclassed competition in terms of single-core performance, but Apple's new chip is not only fast, it's a multi-core monster of a processor. As we previously explained, Apple's new chip introduces two additional low-power cores for a total of four battery-saving cores for tasks that don't need full speed, like reading email, playing music, fetching data in the background and so forth. It also has two high-performance cores for things like editing video, playing games and more.
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