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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 95% higher memory bandwidth (29 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Has 2 cores more
  • Performs 7% better in floating-point computations
Pros of Apple A11 Bionic
  • Shows better (up to 36%) AnTuTu 8 score – 309K vs 227K
  • Announced 1 year and 1 month later

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
386
A11 Bionic +45%
560
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Kirin 970 +1%
1360
1351
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
227648
A11 Bionic +36%
309245

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 0 GHz – Mistral
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2360 MHz 2390 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 512 KB 64 KB
L2 cache 2 MB 8 MB
Process 10 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 5.5 billion 4.3 billion

Graphics

GPU name Mali G72 MP12 Apple GPU
Architecture Bifrost -
GPU frequency 746 MHz -
Cores 12 3
FLOPS 347 Gigaflops 325 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 1.2 2.1
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1833 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 29 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 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2017 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 970 official site -

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