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Dimensity 820 vs A12 Bionic

We compared the 8-core MediaTek Dimensity 820 ( Mali-G57 MC5) 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.


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 820
  • Announced 1 year and 8 months later
  • Has 2 cores more
  • Shows better (up to 4%) AnTuTu 8 score – 412K vs 395K
Pros of Apple A12 Bionic
  • Supports 100% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 17.07 GB/s)


Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
A12 Bionic +74%
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
A12 Bionic +36%
AnTuTu Benchmark 8


Full list of technical specifications of Dimensity 820 and A12 Bionic


Architecture 4x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 2.49 GHz – Vortex
4x 1.6 GHz – Tempest
Cores 8 6
Frequency 2600 MHz 2490 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.3-A ARMv8.3-A
L1 cache - 128 KB
L2 cache - 8 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 6.9 billion


GPU name Mali-G57 MC5 Apple A12 Bionic GPU
Architecture Valhall -
GPU frequency 650 MHz -
Cores 5 4
FLOPS - 1000 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12


Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 1x 64 Bit
Max bandwidth 17.07 Gbit/s 34.1 Gbit/s
Max size 16 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0 NVMe
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 2688 x 1242
Max camera resolution 1x 80MP, 2x 32MP 2x 12MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC LC, MP3, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, FLAC Protected AAC, AAC‑LC, Apple Lossless, HE‑AAC, Linear PCM, AAX и AAX+, HE‑AAC v2, MP3


4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 18
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 1000 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 211 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 5.1 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Galileo


Announced May 2020 September 2018
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number MT6875 -
Official page MediaTek Dimensity 820 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
10 (62.5%)
6 (37.5%)
Total votes: 16


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