In a new video, last year’s iPhone 6s is matched up against this year’s Galaxy Note 7 for a performance and speed test of opening apps. The iPhone 6s came out last September with Apple’s A9 dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM while the Galaxy Note 7 came out this month with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM. For twice the amount of cores and RAM, the Note 7 should outperform the iPhone 6s.
The iPhone 6s and Note 7 are put side-by-side to test their speed opening and using fourteen apps. For a real world setting, there are stock apps, games, entertainment, and shopping apps. The first test shows the phones opening the apps for the first time, while the second test shows the phone re-opening the apps. This tests the phone’s capability of running apps in the background.
Initially the Note and iPhone are running about the same speed until the Note gets stuck on the first game. They both open it quickly, but it takes longer for the Note to get to the main screen. By then, the iPhone 6s is already an app ahead. The iPhone 6s finishes both tests in 1m and 51s while the Note 7 took nearly a minute longer. It finished in 2m and 49s
The advantage the iPhone 6s has over the Note 7 is that Apple designed both the software and the hardware. The Note 7, however, relies on Google’s Android software, Samsung’s design, and Qualcomm’s processor.
The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced next month with a faster processor, more RAM, and the speedier iOS 10 software. If the iPhone 6s is already ahead of the Note 7, the iPhone 7 will be on another level entirely.