The iPhone X Can Keep Up With The MacBook Pro, Thanks To The A11 Bionic Chip
The iPhone X announcement highlighted the premium smartphone's overhauled design with a bezel-less OLED display, but the performance of the device also deserves the spotlight.
Benchmark scores have shown that the iPhone X, alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, are undoubtedly powerful smartphones, with the iPhone X's scores even able to keep up with Apple's latest MacBook Pro.
iPhone X Keeps Up With MacBook Pro
Early Geekbench scores for the iPhone X, with Apple's new A11 Bionic chip, showed that the smartphone outperforms the A10X Fusion-powered iPad Pro and matches up with the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The iPhone X posted an average single-core score of 4169 and a multi-core score of 9836, compared to a single-core score of 3887 and a multi-core score of 9210 for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Meanwhile, the highest-end dual-core 3.5 GHz 13-inch 2017 MacBook Pro received a single-core score of 4592 and a multi-core score of 9602, which means that the iPhone X comes close to matching the laptop on single-core tasks but outperforms it on multi-core tasks.
The scores do not mean that the iPhone X is capable of doing everything that the MacBook Pro does, given the difference of the devices. However, the fact that a mobile chip is capable of matching the performance of a computer processor in terms of raw benchmarks reiterates that the iPhone X is a powerful device, and perhaps makes it even more worthy of that $1,000 price tag.
Comparing the iPhone X to Android devices, meanwhile, is overkill. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, considered by many as the main rival to Apple's premium smartphone, is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that will only get single-core and multi-core scores of about 2000 and 6000, respectively.
Should You Buy The iPhone X?
A $1,000 price tag for a smartphone is a hefty investment, but the iPhone X is slowly proving to be worthy of being a four-figure purchase.
Some customers may have been concerned with the Face ID fail that happened during Apple's Sept. 12 event, when the iPhone X's facial recognition system did not work. The technology might not be the problem though, and there have been multiple theories on what really happened.
For those who feel that the iPhone X is too expensive, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were also announced as the successors of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. Apple skipped the iPhone 7s brand, with the improvement for the iPhone 8 devices being the processor upgrade to the A11 Bionic chip.