Compare Apple iPhone 5 vs Apple iPhone 3GS: Price, Specs, Review

Difference between the Apple iPhone 5 smartphone and the Apple iPhone 3GS mobile, with the technical details, but also the respective performances. The first phone is operating with the Apple A6 processor, which has 2 cores, 2 threads, an energy-efficient frequency of 1,3 GHz, a high-performance frequency of 1,3 GHz. The second is working with the Cortex-A8 processor, with 1 cores, 1 threads, its initial frequency is 0,6 GHz, its maximum frequency is 0,6 GHz.


Smartphone Apple iPhone 5 Apple iPhone 3GS
Model version(s) A1428, A1429, A1442 A1325
Release date Q3 2012 Q2 2009
Dimensions 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in 4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 in
Weight 3.95 oz 4.76 oz
Body Front glass,
aluminum body
Aluminum body
Screen size, colours 4 inches, 16M colors 3.5 inches, 16M colors
Screen type IPS LCD TFT
Resolution 640 x 1136 pixels 320 x 480 pixels
Screen ratio 16:9 3:2
Density 326 ppi 165 ppi
Operating system iOS 6 iOS 3
Processor Apple A6 Cortex-A8
Lithography 32 nm 65 nm
Cores 2 1
Threads 2 1
High-performance cores 2x Swift @1.3 GHz 1x Cortex-A8 @600 MHz
Energy-efficient cores
GPU PowerVR SGX 543MP3 PowerVR SGX535
Memory 1 GB RAM 0.256 GB RAM
Storage 16 / 64 GB 8 / 32 GB
Memory card
Camera 8 MP, f/2.4, 33mm 3.15 MP, AF, f/2.8
Video 1080p30 480p30
Front camera 1.2 MP, f/2.4, 35mm No
Front video 720p30 No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, LE 2.1, A2DP
USB 2.0 2.0
Battery capacity 1,440 mAh 1,220 mAh
Battery type Non-removable Li-Po Non-removable Li-Ion
Versatile use autonomy ~ 8 hours ~ 8 hours
Head SAR value (US) 1.18 W/kg 0.26 W/kg
Body SAR value (US) 1.18 W/kg 0.79 W/kg
DxOMark 72
AnTuTu 14,400
Geekbench 4 single core 768 150
Geekbench 4 multi-core 1,253 150
Rating 2.9 / 5 3.4 / 5
Number of reviews 1,785 365
Price $98 $45
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We can thus compare easily the technical specifications between these two smartphones. The Apple iPhone 5 smartphone has a bigger number of cores, the maximum frequency of the Apple iPhone 5 is higher. The Apple iPhone 5 has a more recent release date.

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Performance comparison between the Apple iPhone 5 phone and the Apple iPhone 3GS. For this purpose, we are looking at the respective scores on AnTuTu and Geekbench 4.

Geekbench 4:

Processor Geekbench 4 – Multi-core & single core score – iOS 64-bit
Apple iPhone 5  768
Apple iPhone 3GS  150

This graph shows us the difference in power between these two phones. For each value, it is an average based on 250 data generated in the benchmark platform.

On the single-core side, there is thus a difference of 412%. In multi-core, the gap is 735%.


Unfortunately, we can not yet display the comparison chart for the results on AnTuTu, because we lack data for at least one of these processors. Please, come back in a few days.