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Kirin 985 vs A12X Bionic

We compared two 8-core processors: Hisillicon Kirin 985 (with Mali-G77 MP8 graphics) and Apple A12X Bionic (Apple A12X Bionic GPU). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs and comprehensive tests in benchmarks like AnTuTu and Geekbench.


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 Hisillicon Kirin 985
  • Announced 1 year and 6 months later
  • Supports 10% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 31 GB/s)
Pros of Apple A12X Bionic
  • Performs 2x better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 61%) AnTuTu 8 score – 630K vs 392K
  • Better instruction set architecture
  • Compatible with the latest DirectX 12.1


Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 8


Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 985 and A12X Bionic


Architecture 1x 2.58 GHz – Cortex-A76
3x 2.4 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex-A55
4x 2.5 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.59 GHz – Tempest
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2580 MHz 2500 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache - 2048 KB
L2 cache - 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 10 billion


GPU name Mali-G77 MP8 Apple A12X Bionic GPU
Architecture Valhall -
Cores 8 7
FLOPS 652 Gigaflops 1300 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12.1


Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 31 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Yes
Storage type UFS 3.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3120 x 1440 2732 x 2048
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP -
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 8K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC v2, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+


Modem Balong 5000 -
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 1277 Mbps Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 177 Mbps Up to 350 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo


Announced April 2020 October 2018
Class Flagship Flagship

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