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Apple A9 vs A12 Bionic

We compared the 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR GT7600) with the newer 6-core A12 Bionic (Apple A12 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 A12 Bionic
  • Has 4 more cores
  • Announced 3-years and 1-month later
  • Supports 129% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 2.3x) AnTuTu 8 score – 393K vs 168K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 14 nm)
  • 35% higher CPU clock speed (2490 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
168989
A12 Bionic +133%
393524
CPU 70699 129259
GPU 36687 148052
Memory 31959 56934
UX 35338 63018
Total score 168989 393524

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
533
A12 Bionic +107%
1104
Multi-Core Score
983
A12 Bionic +193%
2885
Image compression 53.4 Mpixels/s 131.35 Mpixels/s
Face detection 9.04 images/s 17.45 images/s
Speech recognition 21.9 words/s 70.4 words/s
Machine learning 26.3 images/s 58.9 images/s
Camera shooting 12.2 images/s 17.75 images/s
HTML 5 1.34 Mnodes/s 3.17 Mnodes/s
SQLite 313 Krows/s 670.45 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Apple A9 and A12 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 1.85 GHz – Twister 2x 2.49 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.6 GHz – Tempest
Cores 2 6
Frequency 1850 MHz 2490 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache - 128 KB
L2 cache 3 MB 8 MB
L3 cache 8 MB -
Process 14 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 6.9 billion
TDP 5 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name PowerVR GT7600 Apple A12 Bionic GPU
Architecture Rogue -
GPU frequency 650 MHz -
Execution units 6 4
Shading units 192 -
FLOPS - 560 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 1.2 2.0
DirectX version 11 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1333 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 1x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 4 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No Yes
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 1920 x 1080 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265 H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV Protected AAC, AAC‑LC, Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+, HE‑AAC v2, MP3

Connectivity

Modem Qualcomm MDM9635M -
4G support LTE Cat. 6 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 450 Mbps Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 4 5
Bluetooth 4.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2015 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship

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