Google Pixel / Pixel XL Vs Apple iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Benchmarks Comparison

Here’s a Google Pixel / Pixel XL phones Vs Apple iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus phones from benchmarks performance perspective.

Google may have done an impressive job of presenting the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones during its recent event, one which will undoubtedly garner the devices a great deal of early attention and interest, but if early benchmarks are to be trusted then it appears that Apple doesn’t have a great deal to worry about from a performance perspective.


Early benchmarks from Geekbench 4 suggests that Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus easily beat the Pixel phones by Google on both single and multi-core tests, with even older Apple hardware like the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s outperforming the yet-to-be-released Google devices.

Google’s new hardware, which is being manufactured by HTC, maybe a good choice for some as it comes equipped with nice features from a hardware/software combination perspective, but then again for some, the real value is in how the device actually performs.

Benchmark tests generally show how good a device is at performing, and gives an indication at how the hardware will fare in the real-world situations.

With that in mind, the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, when ran through Geekbench 4, returned a single-core score of around 1550, and a multi-core return of around 4000. By comparison, Apple’s iPhone 7 showed a multi-core score of around 5500, and a single-core score of around 3500, which is significantly higher than what Google’s new hardware is capable of achieving. The Pixel numbers also tie in nicely with the earlier published scores that originally made it into the public domain from earlier in September prior to Google’s hardware announcement.


The interesting thing here is that Apple’s older hardware, such as the 2015 iPhone 6s and 2016 iPhone SE, also defeats the Pixel smartphones in single-core performance, indicating that Apple’s hardware in general has a more capable raw processing capability than Google’s newly announced flagships.


Both of Google’s new Pixel smartphones come equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU of the 821 variety, with an accompanying 4GB of RAM. Apple’s latest iPhone 7 range ships with an Apple A10 Fusion SoC, complete with two high-performing cores, and two cores dedicated to efficiency, with 2GB RAM in iPhone 7 and 3GB RAM in 7 Plus.

This may not be an instant indicator of how the Pixel phones will perform in real-world, but it’s certainly a metric to take into account when ordering.

UPDATE x1: We now have a real-world speed test video comparison between Pixel and iPhone 7 Plus which not only confirms the benchmark difference between the two devices, but also the performance different between the two. Watch it here:

UPDATE x2: Here’s another test, putting memory management of both phones to test:

UPDATE x3: Here’s another one, showing LTE and memory speed test side-by-side:

(Source: Geekbench)

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