Samsung’s Galaxy Note20 Ultra launched in August and swept smartphone speed tests. The Android handset is a powerhouse thanks to its Snapdragon 865+ chip and 12GB of onboard RAM. With the debut of the iPhone 12 and its A14 Bionic chipset, that title has now changed hands.
Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro has an edge over the Note20 Ultra even though the iPhone 12 only has 6GB of RAM compared to 12GB of RAM for the Galaxy Note20 Ultra.
This performance is impressive given that the iPhone 12 Pro is priced $300 less than the Galaxy Note20 Ultra. It is a testament to Apple’s design prowess and how its control over both the hardware and the software is a distinct advantage.
Because it designed the hardware, Apple can optimize the iOS codebase to work tightly with the iPhone internal hardware. As a result, the company can squeeze more performance out of its hardware than its competition.
Samsung, on the other hand, uses Android, which is not optimized for the company’s hardware. The Korean company also uses off-the-shelf processors that are compatible with Android but are not explicitly designed to work together.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available now for sale at Apple and retailers worldwide. The iPhone 12 starts at $799, while the iPhone 12 Pro costs $999.
Apple also will be selling the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max in the coming weeks. The entry-level iPhone 12 mini will debut at $699 while the iPhone 12 Pro Max tops the charts with a $1,099 price tag.