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How Fast Is Apple's iPhone 4S?

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Yesterday, Apple announced that the latest entry in its landmark smartphone line had shattered sales records. In just 24 hours, the iPhone 4S raked in one million pre-orders, flying past the iPhone 4's first-day pre-order record of 600,000. Despite the lack of full 4G speeds and a larger screen typical of today's top of the line smartphones, the iPhone 4S will still draw lines around city blocks.

But mere days before the official launch date, one question remains: How fast is it?

Answer: Pretty durn fast.

AnandTech ran Apple's new flagship phone through a series of benchmarks, and the device cruised through the tests -- even topping Samsung's Galaxy Tab under certain conditions. In terms of Javascript performance, the iPhone 4S sailed past Android offerings and nestled close to the Galaxy Tab. In the graphics department, the device also topped the Android competition by a significant margin and neared the iPad 2's ranking.

Once the overall results were tallied, AnandTech concluded, "Using some of the integer and fp tests of published Geekbench scores we can already conclude that Apple is shipping a lower clocked A5 in the iPhone 4S than it does in the iPad 2. This naturally makes sense as the iPhone 4S has a much smaller 5.25 Whr battery." Adding, "Based on the Geekbench results it looks like the iPad 2 is clocked around 25% higher than the iPhone 4S, pegging the latter's clock speed at 800MHz."

So, in short, if you buy the iPhone 4S, you're getting yourself a powerful machine.

(See also: Apple's iPhone 4S Shatters Sales Records and iPhone 4S Not as Versatile as You'd Think)

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