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Dimensity 720 vs Apple A9

We compared the 8-core MediaTek Dimensity 720 ( Mali-G57 MC3) with the older 2-core Apple A9 (PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600) 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 MediaTek Dimensity 720
  • Has 6 cores more
  • Announced 4 years and 11 months later
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (7 versus 14 nm)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 77%) AnTuTu 8 score – 294K vs 166K
  • 8% higher CPU clock speed (2000 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Compatible with the latest DirectX 12
  • Supports 15% higher memory bandwidth (17.07 against 14.9 GB/s)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
294242
166667

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Dimensity 720 and Apple A9

CPU

Architecture 2x 2 GHz – Cortex-A76
6x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 1.85 GHz – Twister
Cores 8 2
Frequency 2000 MHz 1850 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.3-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache - 3 MB
L3 cache - 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 14 nanometers
Transistor count - 2 billion

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G57 MC3 PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600
Architecture Valhall Rogue
GPU frequency 650 MHz 650 MHz
Cores 3 6
Number of ALUs - 192
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 1333 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 17.07 Gbit/s 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes No
Storage type UFS 3.0 NVMe
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 64MP, 2x 20MP 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs AAC LC, MP3, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, FLAC AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem - Qualcomm MDM9635M
4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 6
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 450 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 211 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 5.1 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced July 2020 September 2015
Class Mid range Flagship
Official page MediaTek Dimensity 720 official site -

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