Apple's recently launched iPhone 5 has outperformed Samsung's Galaxy S III and Motorola's Droid RAZR M in a series of benchmark tests.
According to PC Mag, last year's iPhone 4S running iOS 6 on its dual-core, 800MHz A5 is approximately on par with leading Android 4.0 phones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Motorola Droid RAZR M, both of which are powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors.
"Obviously, the difference is that Safari is a faster browser than the Android browser," wrote PC Mag's Sascha Segan, who went on to confirm that Apple's latest handset takes mobile performance "to the next level" with an indigenously designed chip more than capable of competing against Qualcomm's lineup of advanced Snapdragon S4 processors.
Indeed, in a graphics-specific processing test, Cupertino's iPhone 5 beat the S III and RAZR M by more than a factor of three. However, as AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger notes, the iPhone 5 won overall by a narrower margin in general purpose Geekbench scores.
Nevertheless, the memory and stream scores, both of which test loading data in and out of RAM, faired "much better" on Apple’s latest handset.
"[Of course] a phone's hardware performance can't be taken in isolation, but it's definitely a piece of the puzzle," the PC Mag report concluded. "Based on these benchmarks, the iPhone 5 lives up to the promise of being twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. It's also, for now, the fastest handheld computer sold in the US."