iPhone 12 Destroys Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in Real-World Speed Test

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We already knew Apple’s A14 Bionic chip was fast from earlier benchmarks. Now a series of real-world benchmark tests show that the iPhone 12 not only outperforms Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but it also destroys it.

These results corroborate a previous test where the iPhone 12 Pro wiped the floor with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Android Authority’s Gary Sims wanted to find out which flagship smartphone – Apple’s iPhone 12 or Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – was the performance leader. He pitted the two phones against each other using his Speed Test G benchmark. The results won’t make the Android owners in our midst very happy.

According to Sims, the lower-end iPhone 12 outperformed the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the overall speed test and all individual metrics.

Overall, the iPhone 12 finished the entire speed test 14 seconds ahead of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Apple’s largest individual margin was in the CPU-oriented test, in which the iPhone 12 completed the test a whole 5.5 seconds faster than the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The iPhone 12 also beat the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in both the GPU and mixed-use tests. These results are even more impressive because the iPhone was running at full resolution, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was tuned down to 1080p.

The Speed Test G is different than other benchmarks because it is designed to test real-life performance. Most benchmark tests measure the time it takes to load an app, which tests memory and storage space more than the processor. Instead, the Speed G Test tests a phone’s ability to run an app, which more accurately measures processor performance and real-life usage.

Apple’s iPhone 12 is powered by its new A14 Bionic CPU and falls in the middle of the iPhone lineup. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 has a bigger display than the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini. It is the same size as the iPhone 12 Pro but lacks the triple-lens camera system and LiDAR sensor in the Pro series. It retails for a starting price of $799, but can be found for much less.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra costs about $1,300 (or less), which shows a higher price tag doesn’t always equate to better performance.

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