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Early Benchmarks: iPad > iPhone 4 > iPhone 3GS

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 22 comments

The giant iPhone is still the fastest one.

We all know that the new iPhone 4 runs on the same A4 package-on-package, err, package as the iPad. It's nice little ARM and PowerVR combo chip that works quite well the iOS.

Apple never disclosed the clock speed of the A4 in the iPhone 4, which means that it could be running slower than the 1GHz model in the iPad. That would make sense as battery life is a more critical factor for a phone.

Early benchmarks, as shown by MacRumors, between the devices seem to show that the iPhone 4 is indeed a bit slower than the 1GHz iPad, but still faster than the 600MHz Cortex A8 iPhone 3GS.

For those pondering how much faster the iPhone 4 is over the 3GS, Geekbench for iOS4 show that the new phone is 31 percent faster than last year's model.

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    mlopinto2k1 , June 28, 2010 10:44 AM
    Must be hard up for page hits!
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    kartu , June 28, 2010 11:02 AM
    mlopinto2k1Must be hard up for page hits!

    Indeed. But at least thez don't FUD for a while.
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    brianmoz , June 28, 2010 11:34 AM
    If you guys need help testing any of those things just let me know and I'll send you my address...what can I say I woke up feeling like a team player today.
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    kawininjazx , June 28, 2010 1:06 PM
    The iPhone 4 must be pretty fast then. When I went from the 3G to the 3GS I could not believe how much faster is was.
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    ubergeek , June 28, 2010 1:12 PM
    So when does the iPod touch 4 come out with this processor? Oh wait, it already has as the iPad....
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    zoemayne , June 28, 2010 1:19 PM
    So it may be 750Mhz just makes my 1GHz android phone all the better
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    theuerkorn , June 28, 2010 1:30 PM
    I was wondering about speed for the same reasons. Apple likes to play with numbers on the "Retina Display" as that makes for effective marketing, but obviously a lower GHz number (albeit equally meaningless on different OS) wouldn't make people "ooh and aah". Thanks for the post, helps putting things into perspective.
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    chickenhoagie , June 28, 2010 1:45 PM
    for a phone to be faster than a tablet, would be extremely impressive..so i'm very satisfied on how this turns out:) 
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    vant , June 28, 2010 2:28 PM
    zoemayneSo it may be 750Mhz just makes my 1GHz android phone all the better

    As a TG reader, you should know very well that clock speed is not the only deciding factor.
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    pocketdrummer , June 28, 2010 4:30 PM
    "It's nice little ARM and PowerVR combo chip that works quite well the iOS."

    What?
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    Maziar , June 28, 2010 4:57 PM
    to pocketdrummer
    ARM is the CPU(A4 chip) and PowerVR SGX is the Graphic chip of iPhone 4.
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    tokenz , June 28, 2010 5:12 PM
    Maziarto pocketdrummer ARM is the CPU(A4 chip) and PowerVR SGX is the Graphic chip of iPhone 4.
    pocketdrummer"It's nice little ARM and PowerVR combo chip that works quite well the iOS."What?


    I think he knows that, and was just commenting on the grammer that was used in the sentence.

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    darknate , June 28, 2010 6:01 PM
    it could be the same speed as the 3gs since it has a newer, more efficient processor and more ram.
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    abswindows7 , June 28, 2010 7:40 PM
    It's faster ! DUHHH Why would they make it slower ? Good news !!!!
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    Pyroflea , June 28, 2010 8:39 PM
    Since when are new products faster?
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    freename , June 28, 2010 10:41 PM
    Do they include "ability to make calls" in their bench?
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    Anonymous , June 28, 2010 10:47 PM
    I suppose a more accurate title just doesn't fit into the character limit for TH's articles. Here is what it should have been:

    HTC Evo > HTC Incredible > Droid > cake > smoke signals > Morse Code > iPad > iPhone 4 > iPhone 3GS > tin cans connected by string
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    rexoverbey , June 28, 2010 10:52 PM
    I wouldn't consider those benchmarks all that accurate. Also considering that the iPad has half the ram of the iPhone 4, and both use the same A4 Processor (clock speed unknown), and same PowerVR SGX GPU (rendering less pixels on the iPhone).
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    matt87_50 , June 28, 2010 11:38 PM
    vantAs a TG reader, you should know very well that clock speed is not the only deciding factor.


    it does if thats the only difference. now while apple has tweaked the chip, including cpu cache and memory bandwidth, ALL these smart phones use pretty much exactly the same gpu and cpu combo.

    question: WHAT IS GAME PERFORMANCE LIKE? I remember a little something from the PC world... umm... oh yeah, when you take the same GPU,(its the same as the one in the 3GS) and quadrupedal the number of pixels it has to paint, you better have one hell of an overclock up your sleeves!
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    matt87_50 , June 28, 2010 11:40 PM
    also, wtf is with the iphone 3GS in that test only having 10% battery life?? for all we know it could be throttling the cpu to save power...
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