It’s certainly no secret that Apple and Samsung are currently locked in a war for smartphone dominance. The rivalry between the two companies is legendary — so it’s no surprise that, sooner or later, someone would put Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 head-to-head with an Apple flagship. And the people at PhoneBuff did just that — and recorded a video of it for YouTube.
What’s interesting about this test is that — on the surface — the Galaxy Note 7 packs better hardware than the Apple device in question. In this case, it’s an iPhone 6s. The Galaxy Note 7 has a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 gigabytes of RAM. Compare that to the dual-core A9 chipset and 2GB of memory that the iPhone 6s is outfitted with.
The speed test consisted of both phones launching 14 apps and rendering a video. In PhoneBuff’stesting, the Galaxy Note 7 took two minutes and four seconds to do that. The iPhone 6s took just one minute and 21 seconds — beating out the newer device.
And it’s never flattering when a device outfitted with cream-of-the-crop hardware offers subpar real-world performance — especially when compared to a phone with a year-old processor and less than half of the RAM.
Of course, there are some caveats with the testing — especially when it comes to the operating systems the phones are running. The Galaxy Note 7 isn’t running the latest and greatest Android software available, according to BGR.
And Apple has optimized its device’s hardware and software to work completely in sync with each other. Androids, with their vast diversity of fragmented hardware, are generally slower — so you need a more powerful device to achieve the same performance as an iPhone, according to The Next Web.
Of course, the speed test didn’t take into account the Note 7’s exclusives — like its split screen capability and Glance feature. Both of which might make the phablet arguably more useful for real-world productivity.
But in the end, it’s still an embarrassing defeat for what is supposedly Samsung’s latest and greatest — and a true lesson that hardware can only take a phone’s performance so far.