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A12 Bionic vs A11 Bionic

We compared two 6-core processors: Apple A12 Bionic (with Apple A12 Bionic GPU graphics) and A11 Bionic (Apple GPU). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs and comprehensive tests in benchmarks like AnTuTu and Geekbench.


General comparison of performance, power consumption and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Apple A12 Bionic
  • Performs 3.1x better in floating-point computations
  • Supports 129% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (7 versus 10 nm)
  • Shows better (up to 27%) AnTuTu 8 score – 408K vs 320K
  • Better instruction set architecture


Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
A12 Bionic +103%
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
A12 Bionic +112%
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
A12 Bionic +27%


Full list of technical specifications of A12 Bionic and A11 Bionic


Architecture 2x 2.49 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.6 GHz – Tempest
2x 2.39 GHz – Monsoon
4x 0 GHz – Mistral
Cores 6 6
Frequency 2490 MHz 2390 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.3-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 128 KB 64 KB
L2 cache 8 MB 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 6.9 billion 4.3 billion


GPU name Apple A12 Bionic GPU Apple GPU
Cores 4 3
FLOPS 1000 Gigaflops 325 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.1
DirectX version 12 12


Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 1x 64 Bit 2x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 3 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Neural Engine
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 2688 x 1242 2436 x 1125
Max camera resolution 2x 12MP 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs Protected AAC, AAC‑LC, Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+, HE‑AAC v2, MP3 AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV


4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 12
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1000 Mbps Up to 600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo


Announced September 2018 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship


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