How do you compare the performance of an iPhone and an Android smartphone? There are many test protocols, however the speedtest one is interesting because it allows to concretely realize the differences between two mobile devices despite a different OS.
Among the various tests carried out on smartphones, there is one test that requires methodology: this is the famous speedtest d’apps. The objective is to consecutively launch a series of applications and games on two (or more) devices in order to be able to estimate which is the fastest. This highlights the performance of the SoC, the amount and operation of RAM, but also the way the OS manages activities in the background. Indeed, application and game data is stored in RAM, but what happens when you launch more than 10 game apps in a row?
For this speedtest, PhoneBuff, a tech youtuber, has organized a duel between a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the latest iPhone 12 Pro.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus chip. It is a variant of the S865 with a overclocking native. It is not necessarily the most powerful ARM chip on the Android market since the announcement of the Huawei Kirin 9000 SoC, nevertheless it is one of the most powerful chips currently. The Note 20 Ultra also has 12 GB of RAM associated with 128 GB in UFS 3.1 for storage. UFS 3.1 promises a theoretical sequential write speed of over 1200MB / s.
For the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, as well as the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini, we find the latest SoC ARM Apple A14 with its 5 nm engraving fineness. Apple has a usual lead in the race for ARM mobile chip power, and this A14 chip is no exception. There is also 6 GB of RAM, a record for an iPhone, as well as 128 GB of NVMe storage.
We rarely mention the difference between UFS 3.1 and NVMe (found in the PC world). The two storage systems share similar performance, however they do not handle reading and writing data in the same way. Depending on the scenarios and the way the OS works, these two storage systems can lead to performance differences.
IPhone 12 far ahead
The versus which opposes the two devices in the speedtest leaves no doubt… the iPhone 12 Pro beats the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The victory is also very simple for the iPhone 12 Pro with its 20 seconds advance.
How to explain this clear difference? The iPhone 12 Pro is newer with a brand new SoC. But this is not the only explanation, the choices of Apple, from the design of iOS to the mastery of the manufacturing process of its iPhone are all reasons for this.