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A13 Bionic vs A12X Bionic

We compared the 6-core Apple A13 Bionic (Apple A13 Bionic GPU) with the older 8-core A12X Bionic (Apple A12X Bionic GPU) SoC. 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
  • Announced 11-months later
  • 6% higher CPU clock speed (2660 vs 2500 MHz)
Pros of Apple A12X Bionic
  • Performs 77% better in floating-point computations
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Shows better (up to 33%) AnTuTu 8 score – 625K vs 471K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
471824
625721
CPU 150992 -
GPU 218713 -
Memory 79312 -
UX 12628 -
Total score 471824 625721

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A13 Bionic +19%
1318
Multi-Core Score
3450
4538
Image compression 151.6 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 29.65 images/s -
Speech recognition 87.4 words/s -
Machine learning 72.5 images/s -
Camera shooting 33.75 images/s -
HTML 5 3.81 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 901.1 Krows/s -

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 57 FPS
[Ultra]
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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 A12X Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.66 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.6 GHz – Thunder
4x 2.5 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.59 GHz – Tempest
Cores 6 8
Frequency 2660 MHz 2500 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.3-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache 48 KB 2048 KB
L2 cache 4 MB 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 8.5 billion 10 billion
TDP 6 W 15 W

Graphics

GPU name Apple A13 Bionic GPU Apple A12X Bionic GPU
Execution units 4 7
FLOPS 736 Gigaflops 1300 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.1 2.0
DirectX version 12.1 12.1

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency - 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 2x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth - 31 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 2732 x 2048
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 8K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+ Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC v2, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+

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 350 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2019 October 2018
Class Flagship Flagship

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