This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Every fall, it's become an annual tradition to compare the speed (the time it takes to launch multiple apps) of the new iPhone and Samsung's flagship smartphone. This year, the iPhone 12 Pro and Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra competed, with the former outperforming the latter.
This speed test is one that YouTube channel PhoneBuff has often done with high-end smartphones from various companies.
Using a physical robotic arm rather than benchmarking software (to eliminate the blurring of human-powered controls), they launched a series of Facebook and camera apps, Microsoft's Office app, Adobe Premiere Rush for video editing, games, and more, and measured the time it took for the first and second rounds.
Incidentally, in last year's high-end showdown between the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy Note 10+, the latter won both the first and second rounds. It was thought that the difference in onboard RAM capacity was the main factor.
Now, in this showdown, the iPhone 12 Pro has shown enough progress in areas such as video rendering in Premiere Rush to keep the lead while running multiple games. The iPhone 12 Pro had a lap time of 1 minute and 41 seconds on the first lap, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra came in at 1 minute 55 seconds.
And on the second lap, which measures how well the smartphones are able to keep apps running in the background (which is faster than starting from zero), the time gap was even wider, with the iPhone and Galaxy taking 42 and 46 seconds respectively.
The latest chips in flagship iPhones consistently outperform competitors' high-end Android counterparts, so the first lap results aren't too surprising. Rather, what's noteworthy this time around is that in the second lap, where RAM capacity to hold apps in the background is often a factor, the iPhone 12 Pro outperformed the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
The iPhone 12 Pro has 6GB of RAM, compared to 12GB on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra; the former has 2GB more than the iPhone 11 Pro, but it's still only half as much as the latter. Maybe it's because the A14 Bionic is that powerful, or maybe it's because of Apple's strength in "hardware and software integration".
Until now, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has been at the top of the PhoneBuff speed test, but that spot has been taken by the iPhone 12 Pro. This is the first time in almost 20 months that the iPhone has been at the top of the list, and we're hoping that the concerns surrounding battery life in 3D games will be resolved.
Source: PhoneBuff (YouTube)
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