Is the A10 the fastest chip in a smartphone?

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  1. Paradoxally macrumors 65816

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    Phil Schiller certainly says yes:

    There is absolutely no question: the A10 Fusion is the most powerful chip ever in a smartphone

    Has anyone ran a Geekbench and measured its performance? I know benchmarks don't mean much, but it would be interesting to have confirmed results.
     
  2. bodonnell202 macrumors 6502a

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    You'll have to wait until some of these beauties make it out to reviewers. Since the fastest Android phones out there at the moment are just on par with the A9 a 40% performance boost should put the A10 on top by a decent margin until the next round of Android phones show up in the spring.
     
  3. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    To be honest, even then it probably won't matter unless Qualcomm or Samsung's Exynos improve by leaps and bounds. The A9 already smokes the 820 and I don't see that changing with the 821 or later 830.

    And this is coming from someone that's been using the excellent Exynos S7 Edge for the last 4 months.
     
  4. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Probably. My real question is how this matters. And I'm not trying to be "that guy". But really. Are there applications using all of the power out current phones have in them? I honestly can't imagine needing more in my pocket than I already have. Not to say more isn't better here. But what will some benchmark numbers prove?
     
  5. Neebee macrumors 6502a

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    Shhh. The Android fan boys will never accept this, that's why you will see them cherrypick benchmarks for the iPhone vs Android and even among the SD 820 and Exynos. There is a disagreement on which chip is faster on Android.
     
  6. cynics macrumors G4

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    I think the speed was the natural evolution of it. I'm more excited about the 2 lower powered cores to help conserve more battery in basic task.
     
  7. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    Haha, frankly, I'm one of those Android fanboys, but I'm OS agnostic. Whatever works best for me at this point is what I'll use. I've never worried about benchmarks or silly stuff like that.

    I always have an iPhone and Android phone (usually a Nexus) so that if one starts to bore me, I can switch. Then I get tired of that one and switch back. It keeps things fresh.
     
  8. Neebee macrumors 6502a

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    I am planning to buy my wife the Google Pixel. I have a Nexus tablet right now that I have tethered to an older emergency smartphone bcuz my iPhone is dead. For me, I have no choice but to buy the 7+ now.
     
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    That's certainly intriguing. Based on apple's numbers though it doesn't seem like it will make a huge difference. An additional hour in the 7 plus. Certainly not nothing, but still not enough to entice.

    If anything the camera would sway me. But probably still not. I think we've reached a point where our pocket computers (smartphones) are too damn good for the manufacturers own good lol.
     
  10. lagwagon Suspended

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    Those 2 and 1 (iPhone 7 and 7+) additional hour(s) of battery was just the average. For thise who don't heavily use their phone or do super CPU intensive things often at all will see a lot more than those 2 and 1 hour(s).
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I'm just commenting based on me here. I tend to hover just under Apple's estimates, generally, so it's likely I'd only see an additional hour, perhaps slightly more.

    If I'm talking about dollars here I could achieve better with a battery case. Not knocking better battery at all. Just can't justify it as an upgrade.

    Waiting to see what T-Mobile announces. Apparently an iPhone 7 is free with an iPhone 6 or newer device trade in. Can't knock that.
     
  12. Bigserver1 macrumors regular

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    I'm also assuming that's an additional hour of usage vs simply on time. An additional hour of usage on the 7+ (assuming people get 8-10 hours normally) is an additional 10-15%. That's nothing to scoff at.
     
  13. lagwagon Suspended

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    Yeah, it should be actual usage/on screen time and not standby time.
     
  14. cynics macrumors G4

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    That home button though! :D
     
  15. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    But it's still there... :(
     
  16. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020

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    Fast chip on a phone with limited capabilities is meaningless........it should be superfast on the still outdated 1080p screen and a home screen filled with basic icons and no true file manager or virtual reality support .....
     
  17. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    Yes, it's the fastest. Geek bench score here:
     

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