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A13 Bionic vs A12 Bionic

We compared two 6-core processors: Apple A13 Bionic (with Apple A13 Bionic GPU graphics) and A12 Bionic (Apple A12 Bionic GPU). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

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 A13 Bionic
  • Performs 31% better in floating-point computations
  • Announced 1-year later
  • Shows better (up to 17%) AnTuTu 8 score – 478K vs 408K
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2660 vs 2490 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
A13 Bionic +17%
478614
408488
CPU 150992 129259
GPU 218713 148052
Memory 79312 56934
UX 12628 63018
Total score 478614 408488

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A13 Bionic +19%
1331
1123
Multi-Core Score
A13 Bionic +19%
3525
2953
Image compression 151.6 Mpixels/s 131.35 Mpixels/s
Face detection 29.65 images/s 17.45 images/s
Speech recognition 87.4 words/s 70.4 words/s
Machine learning 72.5 images/s 58.9 images/s
Camera shooting 33.75 images/s 17.75 images/s
HTML 5 3.81 Mnodes/s 3.17 Mnodes/s
SQLite 901.1 Krows/s 670.45 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 57 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Call of Duty: Mobile 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Fortnite 60 FPS
[High]
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World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Genshin Impact 59 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Device Apple iPhone 11 Pro
828 x 1792
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We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of A13 Bionic and A12 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.66 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.6 GHz – Thunder
2x 2.49 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.6 GHz – Tempest
Cores 6 6
Frequency 2660 MHz 2490 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.3-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache 48 KB 128 KB
L2 cache 4 MB 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 8.5 billion 6.9 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Apple A13 Bionic GPU Apple A12 Bionic GPU
Execution units 4 4
FLOPS 736 Gigaflops 560 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.1 2.0
DirectX version 12.1 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency - 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 1x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth - 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size - 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes, Neural Engine Yes
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 2688 x 1242 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution - 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 AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+ Protected AAC, AAC‑LC, Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+, HE‑AAC v2, MP3

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 220 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2019 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship

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