The iPhone 5s may not launch until Friday, but the early reviews have already gone up. While nearly every review praises the 5s for its build, speed, fingerprint sensor, and battery life, AnandTech‘s Anand Lai Shimpi wrote what may be the most comprehensive. Included in his review are benchmarks galore, and guess what — the 5s (powered by the A7) tops nearly every one, including both the Snapdragon 800 and the latest Intel Atom processor.
At its launch event Apple claimed the A7 offered desktop class CPU performance. … We’re not talking about Haswell or even Ivy Bridge levels of desktop performance, but rather something close to mobile Core 2 Duo class. … The iPhone 5s is quite possibly the biggest S-update we’ve ever seen from Apple.