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iPhone 7 Reportedly Benchmarked: Is it Really This Fast?

The iPhone 7 may note be getting a new design or a fancy OLED display, but it could very well be the fastest phone in the world when it launches in September.

MacRumors has obtained a screenshot of an alleged iPhone 7 test result using the Geekbench performance benchmark, and the device posted a multi-core score of 6,430. This is with a reported 2.37-GHz dual-core A10 chip and 3GB of RAM.

If accurate, that score smokes the Snapdragon 820-powered Galaxy S7 (5,498) and the previous iPhone 6s (4,385). The iPhone 7 would also beat the OnePlus 3, whose 6GB of RAM helped it notch an impressive 5,554 in the same test.

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To put the iPhone 7's performance in perspective, it's Geekbench score would narrowly beat the Dell XPS 13 laptop, which packs a 6th-gen 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB PCIe x4 (aka NVME) SSD. That's fast.

Apple has never relied on speeds and feeds to sell its phones, so it will be interesting to see how the iPhone 7 will leverage this supposed power boost. Expect demos of seriously powerful gaming, video editing and/or productivity apps at the early Sept. launch event. The new iPhone is expected to go on sale Sept. 16.

Based on previous reports, both the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus should pack the same potent A10 chip, but the Plus will likely add a dual-lens camera for better photos and perhaps a Smart Connector for snapping on various accessories.

Is phone speed important to you when buying? Sound off in the comments.

Mark Spoonauer

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for nearly 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.

  • PeterKendrick
    Very informative post Mark. AMD does making a comeback with its A10 chipset with its dual core technology. I am amazed to see the results outperforming its predecessor, competitor and an intel based laptop, with its dual-core chip. My requirements from any working phone is multi-tasking and synchronization between different apps, and more video streaming on the go, because I move around much and work mostly through my phone and speed plus multi-core is my main concern. This would definitely over exceeds my expectations for the coming years. I am eagerly waiting for this phone to launch.
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  • Joseph_112
    @peterkendrick this article has nothing to do with AMD. Apple's A10 cpu is not AMD's A10 apu, but it woukd be interesting to compare the two benchmarks.
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