A10 Fusion powered iPhone 7 outperforms the Snapdragon 821 based Google Pixel XL in early benchmark scores

By Abhijit Dey | Published on 07 Oct 2016
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  • Single and Multi-core benchmark scores on Geekbench 4 for the Google Pixel XL shows the new flagship losing incredibly to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus for now. Does this settle the iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL debate?

A10 Fusion powered iPhone 7 outperforms the Snapdragon 821 based Google Pixel XL in early benchmark scores

Google recently announced their new flagships – the Pixel X and XL and early benchmark scores are making their way onto the Internet already. Looking at the Geekbench 4 benchmark scores, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus straight away overtakes the Google Pixel XL in single and multi-core tests. Basically, Apple’s A10 Fusion processor outperforms the Snapdragon 821 in both the Geekbench 4 tests. In fact, even the older A9 processor found on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus performs better than the Pixel XL.

Before jumping into the scores, let’s get out the relevant specifications. The Google Pixel XL is running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 manufactured by Samsung, which is a quad-core processor running four of their custom built Kryo CPUs. It’s designed with a 64-bit architecture using 14nm FinFET process technology, capable of reaching clock speeds of up to 2.4GHz. Whereas Apple’s A10 Fusion processor is manufactured by TSMC with a 64-bit architecture and 16nm process technology. It’s also a quad-core processor but only two of them are high-performance cores, reaching a clock speed of 2.34GHz.

Snapdragon 821 vs Apple A10 Fusion
The first benchmarks on Geekbench for the Pixel appeared on September 21 with a score of 1561 in single core performance and 4176 in multi-core performance. But the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus results show a top score of 3510 in the single core performance while it touches 5658 in multi-core. The scores evidently puts the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus way ahead in performance from the Pixel XL in both the tests. It performs lower than the older Apple A9 processor where the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus scored a maximum of 2549 in single core and 4304 in multi-core performance.

One important thing to note is that the clock speed mentioned in the benchmark is lower than the one specified by Google’s specs. So, it would be unfair to conclude that the A10 processor performs better than the Snapdragon 821 until this particular aspect is clarified by Google

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