Essentially, the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are outfitted with a MacBook Pro-level CPU. In fact, Tom’s Guide carried out a test comparing the new handset with a 13-inch MacBook Pro equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor. In the site’s testing, the iPhone 8 was actually faster. Tom’s Guide notes that the Geekbench 4 score for the A11 Bionic was 10,170 — edging out the 7th-Gen Core i5’s score of 9,213.
Of course, there’s an argument to be made about the merits of testing performance across platforms. A smartphone isn’t liable to replace your laptop — at least, not yet. But when compared to other flagship smartphones, the iPhone 8’s powerful internals made for a night and day difference in terms of performance.
Sure, the speed difference when performing routine tasks such as opening apps is negligible. But the iPhone 8’s MacBook Pro-level processor affords it a staunch advantage in real-world performance, particularly for CPU-intensive tasks. When it came to a real-world test — such as exporting a two-minute 4K video clip — the iPhone 8 put the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+ to shame, as you can see in the Tom’s Guide infographic below.
“To really put the A11 Bionic chip through its paces, we put the same 2-minute video, shot in 4K by a drone, on the iPhone 8, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+, and then added the same transitions and effects before support and saving the video,” the publication wrote of its testing. “The iPhone 8 finished this strenuous task in just 42 seconds, while the Note 8 took more than 3 minutes. The Galaxy S8+ took more than 4 minutes.”
In short, the A11 Bionic — and the smartphones that have it — is seriously impressive. It’s more likely than not that Apple’s 2017 devices will be the fastest smartphones available for some time, and not it’s not even close.