Which? magazine has revealed the new Apple iPhone 5s to be the fastest smartphone of all in the latest round of processor benchmarking tests, despite it having less cores that rival handsets. Not only was the 5s almost twice as fast as the iPhone 5 in testing, but also around 50% faster than the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, the iPhone 5s is the fastest smartphone Which? has ever tested.

According to the Geekbench-powered lab tests that Which? applied to a range of flagship smartphones, replicating real-world tasks and producing a weighted score measured against a Mac Mini with an Intel Core i5 processor with a baseline of 2500 points, the iPhone 5s truly is the sprint champion in terms of raw speed with a score of 2561. This despite it having 'only' a dual-core processor, albeit a 64bit one, compared to the quad-cores implemented in some of the competition.

Here's the full results table:

Apple iPhone 5s - 2561
LG G2 - 2355
Samsung Galaxy S4 - 1939
HTC One - 1805
Apple iPhone 5c - 1281
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini - 1135
HTC One Mini - 880

Of course, although there is a vast variation between the first and last scores in that results table, the truth of the matter is that any of those handsets, no matter whether they are powered by a dual-core chip or a quad-core one, no matter if it's an Android OS or iOS delivering the user experience, will be plenty fast enough to do just about anything that the average smartphone user requires.

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