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Apple A9 vs A13 Bionic

We compared the 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR GT7600) with the newer 6-core A13 Bionic (Apple A13 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
  • Has 4 more cores
  • Announced 4-years and 1-month later
  • Shows significantly better (up to 2.8x) AnTuTu 8 score – 471K vs 168K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 14 nm)
  • 44% higher CPU clock speed (2660 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
A13 Bionic +179%
471964
CPU 70699 150992
GPU 36687 218713
Memory 31959 79312
UX 35338 12628
Total score 168989 471964

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
533
A13 Bionic +148%
1323
Multi-Core Score
983
A13 Bionic +253%
3467
Image compression 53.4 Mpixels/s 151.6 Mpixels/s
Face detection 9.04 images/s 29.65 images/s
Speech recognition 21.9 words/s 87.4 words/s
Machine learning 26.3 images/s 72.5 images/s
Camera shooting 12.2 images/s 33.75 images/s
HTML 5 1.34 Mnodes/s 3.81 Mnodes/s
SQLite 313 Krows/s 901.1 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]
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 Apple A9 and A13 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 1.85 GHz – Twister 2x 2.66 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.6 GHz – Thunder
Cores 2 6
Frequency 1850 MHz 2660 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache - 48 KB
L2 cache 3 MB 4 MB
L3 cache 8 MB -
Process 14 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 8.5 billion
TDP 5 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name PowerVR GT7600 Apple A13 Bionic GPU
Architecture Rogue -
GPU frequency 650 MHz -
Execution units 6 4
Shading units 192 -
FLOPS - 736 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 1.2 2.1
DirectX version 11 12.1

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1333 MHz -
Bus 2x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 14.9 Gbit/s -
Max size 4 GB -

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No Yes, Neural Engine
Storage type NVMe NVMe
Max display resolution 1920 x 1080 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution 1x 32MP, 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 AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+

Connectivity

Modem Qualcomm MDM9635M -
4G support LTE Cat. 6 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 450 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 220 Mbps
Wi-Fi 4 6
Bluetooth 4.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2015 September 2019
Class Flagship Flagship

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