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Apple iPhone 4S gets benchmarked; slower than iPad 2

The smartphone performs quite well against Android-based devices, but can't quite match the iPad 2 in recently released benchmarks.

Apple's iPhone 4S has been benchmarked, according to reports.
Apple's iPhone 4S has been benchmarked, according to reports.

Apple's iPhone 4S smartphone isn't even on store shelves yet, but benchmarks have leaked out on the Web, suggesting the device holds up quite well against most products, except the iPad 2.

According to benchmark data obtained by Anandtech from a host of sources, Apple's iPhone 4S beats out all devices, except for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 in a JavaScript benchmark, but easily bests that tablet (and all other Android-based devices) in a Rightware BrowserMark benchmark. However, when the smartphone is pitted against the iPad 2, it falls short in processor integer performance and in a 720p-frames-per-second test, according to Anandtech.

That data makes Anandtech believe that theiPhone 4S comes with an 800MHz A5 dual-core processor, and not the same 1GHz A5 dual-core processor found in the iPad 2. Geekbench, which provided some benchmark information, says the processor frequency is about 716MHz.

Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S last week at a special event in its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. The company touted the iPhone 4S' dual-core processor, but stopped short of providing detailed information on the chip. That said, the company did say that the processor in the iPhone 4S will easily overshadow the A4 chip found in the iPhone 4.

Based on the data published by Anandtech, that appears to be the case. In nearly every benchmark, the iPhone 4S doubled the performance of its predecessor.

Still, it's worth noting that the iPhone 4S has yet to launch, and there is no way to prove the validity of the benchmarks. So, while they might be accurate, for now, it's advised to take them with a grain of salt.

Apple's iPhone 4S launches later this week on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint networks. The device starts at $199 for 16GB of storage, and goes up to $299 and $399 for 32GB and 64GB of storage, respectively. So far, the smartphone has proven successful, setting a new preorder record of 1 million sales in its first day of availability.