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Kirin 990 (4G) vs A12 Bionic

We compared the 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4G) (Mali G76 MP16) with the older 6-core Apple A12 Bionic (Apple A12 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 HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4G)
  • Has 2 cores more
  • Announced 1 year and 1 month later
  • 15% higher CPU clock speed (2860 vs 2490 MHz)
  • Shows better (up to 8%) AnTuTu 8 score – 424K vs 395K
Pros of Apple A12 Bionic
  • Performs 30% better in floating-point computations
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
A12 Bionic +51%
1099
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
3002
2876
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
424998
395328

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 990 (4G) and A12 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.86 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 2.09 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.86 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 2.49 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.6 GHz – Tempest
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2860 MHz 2490 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache - 128 KB
L2 cache 512 KB 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 8 billion 6.9 billion

Graphics

GPU name Mali G76 MP16 Apple A12 Bionic GPU
Architecture Bifrost -
GPU frequency 600 MHz -
Cores 16 4
FLOPS 768 Gigaflops 1000 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 1x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth 31.78 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Da Vinci Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0 NVMe
Max display resolution 3360 x 1440 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution - 2x 12MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VC-1 H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV Protected AAC, AAC‑LC, Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+, HE‑AAC v2, MP3

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 21 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1400 Mbps Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 200 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Galileo

Info

Announced October 2019 September 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4G) official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
11 (52.4%)
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Total votes: 21

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