Apple’s iPhone 13 benchmarks are in, and (still) bench-slapping Android’s very best

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Apple’s iPhone hardware has long been powerful. We don’t really hear as much as we should, because Android fans don’t like to talk about it, but the iPhone 13 — according to the first benchmark results turning up online — continues the trend of walloping the best processor hardware Android can field. Ah, well, there’s always next year.

Taking on the iPhone 13

At present, the top score-holder for Android performance on Geekbench 5 (the cross-platform software we use when benchmarking… pretty much everything here at Stuff) is anything with a Snapdragon 888 processor. We’ve picked on the OnePlus 9 Pro as one of the highest scorers there and, as you can see, it’s not showing too badly in the performance department.

Until, that is, you check out what Apple’s iPhone 13 is capable of. Despite the weird numbering (apparently, 14,2 is the new 13 — maybe there’s a superstitious developer in there somewhere), what we’re looking at are the test results for Apple’s latest. And, as you can see, Apple doesn’t need a mop to wipe the floor with the competition.

But it shouldn’t be that surprising. The Snapdragon 888 might be the most powerful Android chipset in mobile devices but it still falls behind Apple’s last-generation chipset, the A14 Bionic, in terms of performance. Apple’s speed increase on the A15 Bionic isn’t doing anything new, it’s just widening the gap.

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