iPhone 11 were unveiled as the strongest phones on the market in the official presentation on Tuesday night and, according to the latest GeekBench test a few days ago, this statement seems to be confirmed. However, various tests may reveal various limitations, and the new tests in AnTuTu both confirm that there are already phones on the market that can achieve higher scores, but also the final hardware configuration. It seems that the differences between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are smaller than we expected.
AnTuTu released the first scores achieved by the models in the iPhone 11 series using its test application. These are indeed placed in the top of the highest phones on the market, surpassing all the “mainstream” devices, but still, some recently launched gaming phones reach “slightly” higher scores. The Apple A13 Bionic chip is very capable when it comes to raw processing power, but also 3D graphics; however, it is held behind by a limited cooling system.
The iPhone 12.1 model, which is the iPhone 11 in the base version, equipped with 4 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, achieved a score of 456,655 points in AnTuTu, more than the aggregate score for devices such as OnePlus 7 Pro, Red Magic 3 and other top phones. But it is surpassed by ROG Phone 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro from Xiaomi, which score 469,000 points.
The next model, iPhone 12.3, which is the standard iPhone 11 Pro, also seems to be equipped with 4 GB RAM and reaches a slightly lower score of 455,452 points. Finally the iPhone 11 Pro Max, listed as “iPhone 12.5”, was the only one to score 462,098 points. And this one, even in the top version with 512 GB of storage, also integrates 4 GB of RAM.
Rumors were talking about a memory difference between iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, many leaks suggesting 6GB modules on Pro variants. However, it seems that Apple has not upgraded RAM to last year’s models, with the iPhone XS and XS Max also being delivered with 4 GB. The iPhone 11 compared to the XR receives a 33% RAM upgrade, the previous model being released with 3 GB, like the iPhone X from 2017.
Compared to last year’s XS models, the new iPhone delivers 28% improved performance, an impressive year-on-year performance, especially considering the architecture is still 7nm, even if an improved manufacturing process has been used (EUV). Also, power consumption has been reduced, new phones using improved architecture and larger batteries to deliver significantly better autonomy, says Apple.
Still, last year’s A12X chipset, used to build iPad Pro tablets, is stronger. This may change soon, as Apple may be preparing a new launch event in the next few weeks, in which to update the hardware in this series. A Bionic A13X variant could be even stronger than the processors on today’s MacBook Pro laptops, with the A12X already reaching similar scores in performance tests.