The Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge destroy the Google Pixel XL in benchmark tests

While single core scores really do not matter when it comes to Android, it is a bit weird when Google's Pixel performs the same as last year's iPhone 6s in the multi-core benchmark.


Many have been waiting for this and it's finally here. We are talking benchmark results fresh off the just launched Google Pixel smartphones. If Google has priced its Pixel devices to compete with Apple's iPhones, they might as well have some raw power to give Android users some bragging rights. Sadly however, this was not the case.

 The Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge destroy the Google Pixel XL in benchmark tests

We already knew about the iPhone 7's killer benchmark results. Tests showed a single core score of 3430 while multi-core cores revealed around 5600 points. Pixel also seems to have been benchmarked a couple of times on Geekbench 4. But the results are far from inspiring. The Pixel XL (bigger one of the two) shows a single core of just 1685, while multi-core scores seemed much better at 4004 points. While single core scores really do not matter that much when it comes to Android, it is a bit weird when Google's latest and greatest scores are similar to last year's iPhone 6s (4102) in the multi-core benchmark. The iPhone 6s still takes the lead when it comes to single core performance; the iPhone 7 takes the top spot by a wide margin.

Samsung's current flagship, the Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890-toting Galaxy S7 Edge, also thrashes the Pixel XL. The Exynos-powered S7 Edge manages scores of 2034 and 6210 in single-threaded and multi-threaded tasks respectively.

While it all boils down to real-world performance and a smooth user experience, it does feel a bit odd when Apple seems to be leading the smartphone space when it comes to a better chipset design combined with its mobile software iOS 10. It suddenly seems like Android fans may have lost their bragging rights when it comes to raw performance on the Pixel.


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