A15 Bionic vs A13 Bionic

We compared two 6-core processors: Apple A15 Bionic (with Apple GPU graphics) and A13 Bionic (Apple A13 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 A15 Bionic
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Announced 2-years and 1-month later
  • Shows better (up to 27%) AnTuTu 9 score – 797K vs 628K
  • 22% higher CPU clock speed (3240 vs 2660 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture
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Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
A15 Bionic +27%
797558
628607
CPU 208246 166601
GPU 322246 255111
Memory 131426 90801
UX 135941 116310
Total score 797558 628607

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A15 Bionic +31%
1736
1323
Multi-Core Score
A15 Bionic +37%
4793
3497
Image compression 224.8 Mpixels/s 155.7 Mpixels/s
Face detection 43.1 images/s 30.2 images/s
Speech recognition 136.1 words/s 89.8 words/s
Machine learning 104.9 images/s 73.1 images/s
Camera shooting 49.3 images/s 33.8 images/s
HTML 5 5.64 Mnodes/s 3.81 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1270 Krows/s 899.2 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A15 Bionic +16%
8739
7553
Stability 79% 72%
Graphics test 52 FPS 45 FPS
Score 8739 7553

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 A15 Bionic and A13 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 3.24 GHz – Avalanche
4x 2.02 GHz – Blizzard
2x 2.66 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.6 GHz – Thunder
Cores 6 6
Frequency 3240 MHz 2660 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.5-A ARMv8.4-A
L1 cache 256 KB 832 KB
L2 cache 32 MB 12 MB
Process 5 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 15 billion 8.5 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Apple GPU Apple A13 Bionic GPU
GPU frequency 1200 MHz -
Execution units 5 4
Shading units 640 -
FLOPS - 736 Gigaflops
Vulkan version - 1.1
OpenCL version - 2.1
DirectX version - 12.1

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 4266 MHz -
Bus - 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 42.7 Gbit/s -
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Neural Engine Yes, Neural Engine
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 2732 x 2048 2688 x 1242
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, Motion JPEG H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+ AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed - Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed - Up to 220 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2021 September 2019
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number APL1W07 -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
1072 (66%)
553 (34%)
Total votes: 1625

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A13 Bionic and A15 Bionic, or ask any questions
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Akash 10 March 2022 16:41
it’s really interesting to see how iPhone SE 2 & iPhone SE 3 will perform with respective A13 & A15 Chipset
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Sn0wE 25 October 2021 19:37
Don't see why Apple didn't put a 50MP camera to shoot 8K they have a huge jump over Snapdragon 888+ and yet most Androids can shoot 8K, I guess you could call this an *Apple moment*
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Putin Kaput 13 March 2022 03:34
What for? Do you watch movies in 8K? Do you know anyone capable to do that? Your eye will recognize the difference between 4K and 8K? — 3D is the next step for the future. But not on iPad, I think.
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Cherry Poppins 22 March 2022 11:38
I would actually prefer the ability to shoot 4k 4:4:4 chroma subsampled 30fps on the iPhone than the 8k 4:2:0 30fps on androids. This is just because if you uploaded the footage in YouTube, it would result in a higher quality 4k video (after Youtube compression) while 8k video on YouTube is practically unplayable on a lot of devices. Granted 8k TVs are becoming pretty inexpensive, so we might start seeing some TV shows coming out in 8k on Netflix and such (tv-shows without CGI). It will still take some time for 8k to become mainstream due to the diminishing returns; we essentially need bigger TVs (75in) to be able to see a difference in quality from 4k. And this only applies if you sit relatively close to the TV. If you want to see a difference from 4k at average viewing distances, you need an 85in or larger TV.
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Leon 24 September 2021 10:19
Are people just voting the a13 because they own that one?
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Tom 19 December 2021 19:43
I think so, A15 is 100% better than A13
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Kamren 27 December 2021 10:21
Tom, The A15 good sir is 30% better. Translated into a real-life scenario, 10 fps faster in games:)
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cheese 12 March 2022 23:55
Kamren, true... A15 is still powerful but I think the SE 3 is still worth it unless we go for the iPhone 13...
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Joey 22 September 2021 14:28
There are no 5G towers around, New iPhones have to go back to LTE
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Theo Bestest 17 September 2021 05:57
I will always go for the lower number. Savvy like that.
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