iPhone blitzes Samsung's new Note 7 in speed test
Published 25/08/2016 | 09:10
Samsung's latest smartphone has paled in comparison with Apple's iPhone 6s in a speed test between the two devices.
The new Galaxy Note 7, a 5.7-inch phablet that was released at the beginning of this month, took almost twice the length of time as the year-old iPhone 6s to perform a series of tasks that included launching apps and rendering video.
On paper it seems the Note 7 should be significantly faster. Its processor, the 14-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core 64-bit processor, is a step up from the iPhone 6s' dual-core A9 chip, and the Samsung phone has 4GB of RAM compared with just 2GB.
But YouTube user Phone Buff shows the iPhone actually lapping the Note 7 when opening 14 apps, including Angry Birds, Spotify and Netflix.
The video shows the 6s taking one minute and 21 seconds to complete the tasks one time, while the Note 7 took two minutes and four seconds. Reopening the apps already loaded a second time, the iPhone 6s took an extra 30 seconds compared with the Note 7's 45 seconds.
One of the reasons that the new Samsung phone appears to under perform compared to the iPhone is that Apple puts a lot of effort into integrating its software and hardware, giving the iPhone an edge over Android devices.
In many other ways the Galaxy Note 7 outstrips the iPhone 6s. It has wireless charging, is waterproof, has a rear-facing 12-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing one. Because of its curved edges the smartphone has a 5.7-inch screen but is smaller than the iPhone 6s Plus. It also has a super AMOLED screen and retina scanning technology.
Apple is gearing up to release its new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at the beginning of September, which is expected to come with an upgraded A10 processor and could have 3GB of RAM, at least in the 5.5-inch version.
The iPhone 7 will probably look similar to the current generation, but could have an upgraded, bigger camera, pressure-sensitive home button and no 3.5mm headphone jack.