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Kirin 990 (5G) vs A13 Bionic

We compared the 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 (5G) (Mali G76 MP16) with the older 6-core Apple A13 Bionic (Apple A13 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 (5G)
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Performs 22% better in floating-point computations
  • 8% higher CPU clock speed (2860 vs 2660 MHz)
Pros of Apple A13 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
488306
473084
CPU 154284 150992
GPU 174684 218713
Memory 100370 79312
UX 70979 12628
Total score 488306 473084

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
A13 Bionic +73%
1309
Multi-Core Score
A13 Bionic +13%
3461
Image compression - 151.6 Mpixels/s
Face detection - 29.65 images/s
Speech recognition - 87.4 words/s
Machine learning - 72.5 images/s
Camera shooting - 33.75 images/s
HTML 5 - 3.81 Mnodes/s
SQLite - 901.1 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
57 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 44 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 30 FPS
[High]
60 FPS
[High]
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact - 59 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Huawei Honor 30 Pro Plus
1200 x 2640
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
828 x 1792
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 990 (5G) and A13 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.86 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.95 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 2.66 GHz – Lightning
4x 1.6 GHz – Thunder
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2860 MHz 2660 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache - 48 KB
L2 cache 512 KB 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 8 billion 8.5 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G76 MP16 Apple A13 Bionic GPU
Architecture Bifrost -
GPU frequency 700 MHz -
Execution units 16 4
Shading units 256 -
FLOPS 896 Gigaflops 736 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.1
DirectX version 12 12.1

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 31.78 Gbit/s -
Max size 12 GB -

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Da Vinci Yes, Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0 NVMe
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2688 x 1242
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 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 AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+

Connectivity

Modem Balong 5G -
4G support LTE Cat. 21 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 2300 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 1250 Mbps Up to 220 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Galileo

Info

Announced October 2019 September 2019
Class Flagship Flagship
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 990 (5G) official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
301 (78.4%)
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Total votes: 384

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