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 19%) AnTuTu 9 score – 631K vs 530K
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2660 vs 2490 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
A13 Bionic +19%
631897
530967
CPU 166601 143402
GPU 255111 186891
Memory 90801 91638
UX 116310 107048
Total score 631897 530967

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A13 Bionic +19%
1342
1127
Multi-Core Score
A13 Bionic +21%
3528
2922
Image compression 155.7 Mpixels/s 132.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 30.2 images/s 14.5 images/s
Speech recognition 89.8 words/s 67.8 words/s
Machine learning 73.1 images/s 54.1 images/s
Camera shooting 33.8 images/s 14.6 images/s
HTML 5 3.81 Mnodes/s 3.27 Mnodes/s
SQLite 899.2 Krows/s 745 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A13 Bionic +44%
7561
5242
Stability 71% 68%
Graphics test 45 FPS 31 FPS
Score 7561 5242

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]
-
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
-
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 ARMv8.4-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache 832 KB 128 KB
L2 cache 12 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
GPU frequency - 1125 MHz
Execution units 4 32
Shading units - 256
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 4 GB 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+ 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, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2019 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - APL1W81

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