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Kirin 990 (5G) vs A14 Bionic

We compared the 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 (5G) (Mali G76 MP16) with the newer 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 990 (5G)
  • Has 2 more cores
Pros of Apple A14 Bionic
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Supports 34% higher memory bandwidth (42.7 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • Announced later
  • Shows better (up to 23%) AnTuTu 8 score – 613K vs 499K
  • 8% higher CPU clock speed (3100 vs 2860 MHz)
  • 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
A14 Bionic +23%
613224
CPU 154284 173864
GPU 174684 208037
Memory 100370 106696
UX 70979 93575
Total score 499949 613224
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
A14 Bionic +110%
1612
Multi-Core Score
A14 Bionic +25%
3901
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 58 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Call of Duty: Mobile 44 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Fortnite 30 FPS
[High]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
-
Device Huawei Honor 30 Pro Plus
1200 x 2640
-
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 A14 Bionic

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.86 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.95 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 3.1 GHz – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2860 MHz 3100 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.4-A
L2 cache 512 KB -
L3 cache - 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 8 billion 11.8 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

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

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2133 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 31.78 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Da Vinci Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0 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, VC-1 H.264, H.265, VP9, 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 Yes
Download speed Up to 2300 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 1250 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced October 2019 September 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - APL1W01
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 990 (5G) official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
233 (69.8%)
101 (30.2%)
Total votes: 334

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of A14 Bionic and Kirin 990 (5G), or ask any questions
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131 04 February 2021 08:48
LOL huawei fans voted for kirin 990... A14 is the best processor...
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