At first glance, there’s nothing special about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus internals. Less laughable than the dual-core in-house Apple A9 processor of the 6s and 6s Plus, the quad A10 is paired with a modest-sounding 2GB RAM inside the newest 4.7-inch iOS handheld, and 3 gigs of the good stuff under the hood of the dual rear cam-sporting 5.5-incher.
Meanwhile, most Android high-enders marry 4GB RAM with quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoCs, some pack eight CPU cores, and 6 gigs of RAM is starting to look like less and less of an oddity.
But the battle for mobile supremacy isn’t always a numbers game. Software and hardware optimization oftentimes goes a long way in giving an apparent underdog the edge over the heavy favorites on paper.
That seems to be the case for the iPhone 7 duo, of which the smaller model just managed to somehow amass 178,397 points in an AnTuTu performance test. That’s synthetic performance, mind you, not real-life speed, and we think it’s needless to highlight how controversial the Chinese benchmarking tool has become in recent years.
Many would probably go so far as to call it irrelevant these days, yet it retains its mainstream popularity, and gives iFans more bragging rights after the 6s Plus topped the 2015 charts, well ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or Nexus 6P.
As for current competition, the OnePlus 3 regularly scores around 140K, the Galaxy S7 Edge barely tallies 134,000 points, while the Note 7 was evaluated at 145K in advanced prototype form not long ago. Oh, and it appears not even Snapdragon 821 powerhouses can break the 165K barrier. Still, the ultimate iPhone 7 real-world performance test will be our rigorous review, coming soon.