Tensor G2 vs A15 Bionic

We compared the 8-core Google Tensor G2 (Mali-G710 MP7) with the older 6-core Apple A15 Bionic (Apple 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 Google Tensor G2
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Announced 1-year and 1-month later
Pros of Apple A15 Bionic
  • 14% higher CPU clock speed (3240 vs 2850 MHz)
  • Shows better (up to 6%) AnTuTu 9 score – 798K vs 754K
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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
754442
798942
CPU 203616 208246
GPU 295372 322246
Memory 108654 131426
UX 142235 135941
Total score 754442 798942
AnTuTu results from iOS and Android are not directly comparable! They won't affect NanoReview scores.

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
1061
A15 Bionic +65%
1755
Multi-Core Score
3242
A15 Bionic +50%
4860
Image compression 168.3 Mpixels/s 224.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 24.5 images/s 43.1 images/s
Speech recognition 69.4 words/s 136.1 words/s
Machine learning 71.2 images/s 104.9 images/s
Camera shooting 31.2 images/s 49.3 images/s
HTML 5 2.97 Mnodes/s 5.64 Mnodes/s
SQLite 1010 Krows/s 1270 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
6411
A15 Bionic +36%
8739
Stability 71% 79%
Graphics test 38 FPS 52 FPS
Score 6411 8739

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Tensor G2 and A15 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.85 GHz – Cortex-X1
2x 2.35 GHz – Cortex-A78
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 3.24 GHz – Avalanche
4x 2.02 GHz – Blizzard
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2850 MHz 3240 MHz
Instruction set - ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache - 256 KB
L2 cache - 32 MB
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 5 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 15 billion
TDP - 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G710 MP7 Apple GPU
Architecture Valhall -
GPU frequency - 1200 MHz
Execution units 7 5
Shading units - 640
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 3200 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth - 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Next-gen Tensor Processing Unit Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2732 x 2048
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

Announced October 2022 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - APL1W07

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