The Tensor is the first mobile chip Google has ever designed for its Pixel smartphones, and as we explained in our review earlier this week, the performance is no different from the best Snapdragon flagship models. However, it also gives an impressive comparison to Apple’s chips in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and the Pixel 6 speed test is very close.
YouTube channel PhoneBuff this week released its distinctive speed comparison between the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Pixel 6 Pro, a test in which iPhones almost always beat Android competition. The Pixel 6 Pro unfortunately didn’t break that streak, but it provided an impressive fight.
These speed tests, yet wholly representative for use in the real world, it gives us a nice point of comparison between these phones, certainly a much better picture than a typical benchmark. The test uses a robotic arm to pretty much open and close each app – 12 apps and 4 games – as well as to manually control the timer.
In the first “round” of this test, the Pixel 6 Pro actually takes the lead very early and beats the iPhone through apps like Facebook, Microsoft Word, and the camera app. It’s just a video editing app that causes the Pixel to stumble and give up the advantage, with an undoubtedly stronger chip in the iPhone allowing it to export videos from the app faster.
Still, the Pixel returns quickly and completes the first lap just seconds behind the iPhone. The next step is to go back through the same list, ensuring that each application stays in memory. The Pixel 6 Pro also goes through this task without any problems, and completes the test barely five seconds later.
Given these results, it’s pretty safe to say that most people won’t be able to spot the difference between the performance of the Pixel 6 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, at least in most tasks. This is incredibly impressive for Google’s first smart chip, which was generally expected to lag behind most competitors when it comes to raw performance.
By comparison, the Galaxy S21 Ultra recently battled the same iPhone and trailed by more than 10 seconds in the final test, trailing even more in the first round. The Snapdragon 888 in that phone technically scores better in tests than Google’s Tensor, so this test is a great reminder that numbers aren’t everything, and real-world use clearly tells a different story.
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