Friday, December 7, 2012

Countdown to the Apple iPhone 5 Philippine Release - Dual Core A6 Processor

One week to go. The other day, we took a look at the Apple iPhone 5's new larger display. Today we go inside. With the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus 4G and even Lenovo K860 rocking quad core processors, a fair number of people are disappointed with the Apple iPhone 5 only having a dual core processor.

In this regards, the disappointment is more valid than with the issue of the display. Earlier this year, you had quad core phone with aging ARM Cortex A9 processors and dual core phones with the Qualcomm Krait. The dual core Qualcomm Krait's actually could stand toe to toe with the quad core ARM Cortex A9 processors. Basically, it was a battle between four cores versus two faster cores. 

The Apple iPhone 5 launched in September follows the model of the Qualcomm Krait, using two faster processors rather than four slower ones. But with Qualcomm quad core Kraits now finding its way into the LG Optimus G and Google Nexus 7, which I expect to be here shortly, the Apple iPhone 5 is really matching the performance of the older Android phones rather than the latest Android phones.

But this does not matter all that much. Apple has its own operating system and app ecosystem. Apple Developers will be supporting the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3 and the new iPad mini for at least the next two years, and the A6 on the Apple iPhone 5 and the iPad 4 is roughly twice as the second fastest Apple products. So basically, the Apple iPhone 5 will be fast enough for the two years you plan to keep the phone.

More important than speed, is the move from the 45 nm process to the 32 nm process. This gives it substantially better battery life than the iPhone 4S.

Talk time

Galaxy Note II - 16 hours 57 minutes 
HTC One X+ - 13 hours 31 minutes 
Galaxy S III (JB) -  10 hours 15 minutes
iPhone 5 - 8 hours 42 minutes
iPhone 4S  - 7 hours 41 minutes

Web browsing

iPhone 5 - 9 hours 56 minutes
Galaxy Note II - 8 hours 48 minutes 
HTC One X+ - 7 hours 56 minutes 
iPhone 4S  - 6 hours 56 minutes
Galaxy S III (JB) -  6 hours 27 minutes

Video playback

Galaxy Note II - 11 hours 27 minutes
iPhone 5 - 10 hours 12 minutes
Galaxy S III (JB) -  9 hours 27 minutes
iPhone 4S  - 9 hours 24 minutes
HTC One X+ - 8 hours 11 minutes 

Source: GSM Arena

As you can see from the list on top, this is one are where Apple needed to do some catching up and the iPhone 5 fairs well enough.

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