Kirin 970 vs A11 Bionic

We compared the 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 (Mali G72 MP12) with the newer 6-core Apple A11 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 970
  • Supports 100% higher memory bandwidth (29.8 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Has 2 more cores
Pros of Apple A11 Bionic
  • Shows better (up to 20%) AnTuTu 9 score – 386K vs 322K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
322402
A11 Bionic +20%
386825
CPU 76021 127124
GPU 96440 119206
Memory 66735 54151
UX 82554 82801
Total score 322402 386825
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
389
A11 Bionic +139%
930
Multi-Core Score
1375
A11 Bionic +70%
2332
Image compression 90.1 Mpixels/s 128.4 Mpixels/s
Face detection 11.4 images/s 21.9 images/s
Speech recognition 24.4 words/s 45.2 words/s
Machine learning 21.3 images/s 39.6 images/s
Camera shooting 11.2 images/s 24.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.59 Mnodes/s 3.16 Mnodes/s
SQLite 415.6 Krows/s 756.85 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
832
A11 Bionic +287%
3216
Stability 75% 62%
Graphics test 4 FPS 19 FPS
Score 832 3216

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 970 and A11 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
2x 2.39 GHz – Monsoon
4x 1.42 GHz – Mistral
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2360 MHz 2390 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 64 KB
L2 cache 512 KB 8 MB
L3 cache 2 MB -
Process 10 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 5.5 billion 4.3 billion
TDP 9 W 8 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G72 MP12 Apple GPU
Architecture Bifrost -
GPU frequency 850 MHz -
Execution units 12 3
Shading units 192 -
FLOPS 347 Gigaflops 325 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.1
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 29.8 Gbit/s 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 3 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 2.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2436 x 1125
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1 H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 12
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 4.2 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2017 September 2017
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number Hi3670 APL1W72
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 970 official site -

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