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Kirin 9000 vs A14 Bionic

We compared the 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 9000 (Mali-G78 MP24) with the older 6-core Apple A14 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 HiSilicon Kirin 9000
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Shows better (up to 12%) AnTuTu 8 score – 692K vs 616K
  • 5% higher CPU clock speed (3130 vs 2990 MHz)
Pros of Apple A14 Bionic
  • 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
Kirin 9000 +12%
692323
616496
CPU 189738 173864
GPU 291337 208037
Memory 115924 106696
UX 89892 93575
Total score 692323 616496

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
1064
A14 Bionic +51%
1608
Multi-Core Score
3749
3874
Image compression - 174.85 Mpixels/s
Face detection - 33.7 images/s
Speech recognition - 95.65 words/s
Machine learning - 95.8 images/s
Camera shooting - 38.45 images/s
HTML 5 - 4.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite - 1060 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 81 FPS
[Ultra]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 44 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 29 FPS
[Low]
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World of Tanks Blitz 51 FPS
[Ultra]
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Genshin Impact 58 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Huawei Mate 40 Pro
1344 x 3140
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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 Kirin 9000 and A14 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 1x 3.13 GHz – Cortex-A77
3x 2.54 GHz – Cortex-A77
4x 2.05 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 2.99 GHz – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3130 MHz 2990 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.4-A
L3 cache - 8 MB
Process 5 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 15.3 billion 11.8 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G78 MP24 Apple GPU
Architecture Valhall 2 -
Execution units 24 4
Shading units 384 -
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -

Memory

Memory type LPDDR5 LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2750 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 44 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) AI accelerator 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, VP9 H.264, H.265, 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

Modem Balong 5000 -
4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced October 2020 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - APL1W01
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 9000 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
3712 (75.2%)
1222 (24.8%)
Total votes: 4934

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A14 Bionic and Kirin 9000, or ask any questions
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User 20 February 2021 22:59
Everyone voting here for kirin is so biased. You guys who say kirin is better when so much info points the opposite direction. You guys yave an interesting way to see data
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Lanigiro 06 February 2021 06:59
15.300.000.000 vs 11.800.000.000
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meme 17 January 2021 05:48
this comment section gives me diabetes
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Yeah 31 December 2020 11:35
Kirin 9000 is obviously the superior chip guys
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Sree Nikesh 27 January 2021 10:15
Nope a14 is far better than kirin
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Bot 27 January 2021 11:10
Yeah u r right it is a boss
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Billy 11 February 2021 18:50
Yes, the gap between Kirin, Qualcomm and Apple is getting smaller. There is basically no difference between last year's Kirin processor and this year's Qualcomm processor.
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Huawei 16 April 2021 17:07
Sree Nikesh , Kirin is far better than any other chipset when compared off paper
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Hjbc83 11 December 2020 01:10
The Kirin 9000 is the best processor. Nothing compares to it.
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Yeah 31 December 2020 11:24
True that, Huawei is like the best it's just a shame this Google thing has clouded people's judgement.
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ElectroDia 08 January 2021 14:44
Yeah, Its googles partial fault that the a14 is in some cases still better, cause the many performance that goes alone to android (and of course to EMUI) too
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DimFix 05 December 2020 22:47
Antutu GPU score Kirin 9000- 312000 A14- 241000
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Snap 03 December 2020 11:56
SnapDragon 888 launched and it's looking pretty good compared to A14
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arham 22 January 2021 00:37
well a14 is still winning
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Anonymous 14 March 2021 23:00
arham, You're lying apple fanboy. Snapdragon 888 beats dramatically apple A14, even Snapdragon 865 beat A14, better think next time, cause you need to see gaming performance first then comment
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brosky 17 November 2020 19:40
apple fanboys wont understand that using 8 cores with higher average clock rate allows the phone to keep apps open to start instantly when you reopen it. it also allows incredible amounts of background applications.
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levi 21 November 2020 06:33
8 cores won’t necessarily mean it’s better. A14 is shows better battery saving and gaming performance, so it’s basically up to us consumers if we want processing of this kind of stuff or just speed with a higher clock rate (which is not an actual problem in 2020). And you don’t need to be an Apple fanboy to know it
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DK... 09 January 2021 04:41
levi, Its because it runs on iOS and not android a14 would fail if runs on android. It's shows better performance BC apple has optimized the software to get it's maximum use
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Bro 21 February 2021 02:15
More cores doesn’t mean that it’s better. It’s quality: the iPhone 12 Pro Max has for example 6 gb of ram while the Samsung S21 ultra has 12. But they both work really well. This means that while Apple has less ram it’s better than Samsung’s ones. Also the chip Apple always is the best. Including the new MacBooks M1 with its incredible potency.
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ALL-IN 06 November 2020 18:31
Huawei is using SFS 1.0 flash storage in Kirin 9000 devices. It is a memory they have developed and is significantly faster than UFS 3.1.
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bruh 17 January 2021 05:46
APPLE USES NVMe LMAO
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Billy 11 February 2021 18:52
Yes, almost twice as fast.
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Harsh 05 November 2020 18:17
I think the winner is Kirin 9000 and is better than A 14 Bionic
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Apple 05 November 2020 18:15
A 14 Bionic got 8 points after seeing this list and Kirin 9000 got 9 points.
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Huawei 05 November 2020 18:10
If iPhone 12 would release before Mate 40, it was not going to be very difficult to beat Kirin 9000 5G. But Now Kirin 9000 5G released first so the fight is going to be equal.
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akenku 02 November 2020 14:44
for me its hard to compare them, because they are not running the same OS. if there is a chance to run android on the A14, im pretty sure A14 wont handle android so well compared to kirin9000 or SD865.
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mshibo 06 November 2020 02:05
Actually, you've got a point where you mention how amazingly iOS is compatible with iPhones to that point where you understand that even with less hardware, you get better performance. For the whole 5 years! Unlike Android.
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brosky 17 November 2020 19:34
mshibo, actually, many android devices still have amazing performance, but yes, apple's light os and therefore weaker cpu has allowed them to get away with low specs and low ram. but android seems to be improving alot.
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Apple 01 November 2020 10:58
A14 is faster. Antutu even says you cant use antutu to test between ios and android. Only geekbench is made the same for ios and Android. A14 is still the most powerful chip out
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brosky 17 November 2020 19:37
its not the most powerful, in fact it has less cores and its efficiency cores are slower. its also not faster because its fast cores are slightly lower clock rate. the only reason it preforms well is because of apple's light operating system. apple also doesn't keep their applications running like Samsung for example, because apple doesn't have much ram.
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Gshgs 29 November 2020 07:10
But mate 40 pro & pro plus will perform faster & better than iPhone 12 pro max with their own harmony os.
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Bruh 05 December 2020 20:48
brosky, Did u even check the test comparisons? Lmao even when the outcomes clesrly show a14 is faster, you still deny it?
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Yeah 31 December 2020 11:27
And as a matter of fact Geekbench I'd said you be more Apple bias, not saying it is but that's what people say
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Apple 21 February 2021 02:19
brosky, If it has less cores doesn’t mean that it’s slower. Apple’s chips are more efficient as you see that it’s battery is smaller than others and it can compete with huawei’s battery life which has 4500 mah on their mate 40 pro while Apple only has about 3700 in his iPhone 12 pro Max
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Apple 21 February 2021 02:20
Gshgs, It is said that harmonyos is just a copy of Android because one people tried the beta version and discovered that the programmer has the initials of Android. It’s just a copy
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Guy 26 October 2020 18:03
I am waiting for the Exynos 1080 which I hope will beat both of these and it is also a mid-range cpu. And Kirin definitely be looking a bit better, if they would have used a78 or X1 then it would have been even better. But honestly I am way more hyped for the Qualcomm and Exynos chips. And unless Apple does something about those six cores it will be a thing of the past. Also why does the a14 have barely any improvement over a13 phones on Antutu. And rn Kirin would be better to buy but the Huawei software rn is garbage.
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Lol 25 November 2020 22:13
Keep dreaming 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
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User 84 26 October 2020 08:04
Less core with better performance, the answer is quite obvious.
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God Of Technology 25 October 2020 02:53
A14 is better in single core score. And that's the reason why it's better than any other mobile processor in the world right now.
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brosky 17 November 2020 19:38
that doesn't make it better. it cant keep applications open and even if it could it doesn't have enough ram.
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anonymous 21 November 2020 09:48
brosky, telling u, actually speed test from tech youtubers have shown that with 6 gb of ram, apple could open all apps comparef with 8 gb of ram in huawei
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Gary 25 November 2020 22:14
brosky, The iphone 12 has enough ram, it keeps all apps open, ehat are you talking about
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Yeah 31 December 2020 11:32
Gary , When you upload an Instagram story and you leave the app (without the story having finished uploading) and you do something else and go back to Instagram 5 mins or more later, THE STORY STILL HASN'T UPLOADED!!!!!
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Czar 24 October 2020 11:20
I don't think a14 bionic is not as good as Kirin. Most of the terms Kirin looks better
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apple fan boy 24 October 2020 05:55
but when mate 40 released it got 693k benchmark 🤣🤣
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Dammiet 24 October 2020 04:04
There are a lot going wrong with this review bcos the kirin chip is more power the a14 chip u need to test them re-life bro they are both cool but that kirin is phenomenon
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Haki 01 November 2020 14:51
Yeah if you run the Genshin Impact on Kirin 9000, no issue in fps drop compare to A14. Some argue because of optimise issue on A14 but that's clearly bullshit.
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... 18 December 2020 05:18
well, better than versus
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Apple 21 February 2021 02:24
Haki, The iPhone 12 Pro Max could run genshin impact at 60 fps without any lags and his graphics are obviously better than huaweis. And of course, Apple has a much better cooling system although it reaches a high temperature. But it’s still better than the huawei ones as it’s temperature reaches much more higher.
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