Dimensity 9000 vs A15 Bionic

We compared the 8-core MediaTek Dimensity 9000 (Mali-G710) with the older 6-core Apple A15 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.


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 9000
  • Supports 41% higher memory bandwidth (60 against 42.7 GB/s)
  • Has 2 more cores
  • Has a smaller size transistor (4 versus 5 nm)
  • Shows better (up to 26%) AnTuTu 9 score – 1006K vs 800K
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Apple A15 Bionic
  • Higher GPU frequency (~41%)
  • 6% higher CPU clock speed (3240 vs 3050 MHz)
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Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU 257778 216602
GPU 400071 336667
Memory 156049 112950
UX 188263 131916
Total score 1006239 800568
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
A15 Bionic +37%
Multi-Core Score
A15 Bionic +11%
Image compression - 224.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection - 43.1 images/s
Speech recognition - 136.1 words/s
Machine learning - 104.9 images/s
Camera shooting - 49.3 images/s
HTML 5 - 5.64 Mnodes/s
SQLite - 1270 Krows/s


A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
A15 Bionic +18%
Stability 90% 82%
Graphics test 48 FPS 56 FPS
Score 8043 9471


Full list of technical specifications of Dimensity 9000 and A15 Bionic


Architecture 1x 3.05 GHz – Cortex-X2
3x 2.85 GHz – Cortex-A710
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A510
2x 3.24 GHz – Avalanche
4x 2.02 GHz – Blizzard
Cores 8 6
Frequency 3050 MHz 3240 MHz
Instruction set ARMv9-A ARMv8.5-A
L1 cache 1024 KB 256 KB
L2 cache 3.5 MB 32 MB
L3 cache 8 MB -
Process 4 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 15 billion
TDP 4 W 6 W


GPU name Mali-G710 Apple GPU
Architecture Valhall 3 -
GPU frequency 850 MHz 1200 MHz
Execution units 10 5
Shading units 512 640
Vulkan version 1.1 -
OpenCL version 2.0 -
DirectX version 12 -


Memory type LPDDR5X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 3750 MHz 4266 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit -
Max bandwidth 60 Gbit/s 42.7 Gbit/s
Max size 24 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Neural Engine
Storage type UFS 3.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 3200 x 1440 2732 x 2048
Max camera resolution 1x 320MP, 3x 32MP -
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, Motion JPEG
Audio codecs AAC LC, MP3, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, FLAC AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+


4G support LTE Cat. 24 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.3 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, NAVIC GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS


Announced November 2021 September 2021
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number MT6983 APL1W07
Official page MediaTek Dimensity 9000 official site -

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Please give your opinion on the comparison of A15 Bionic and Dimensity 9000, or ask any questions
Krie 16 September 2022 21:16
Dimensity 9000 is more powerful than a15 the problem is that a15 is optimized and finds its phone partner unlike dimensity 9000 even the new Vivo and some phones with 9000 can't handle that chipset and the outcome. Ofc very laggy cause the phone can't handle that shit, that mdtk d9000 is superior to every chipset in terms of gaming A15 is superior to everyday use And snapdragon gen 1 is the mix of these two ends.
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TechGear 05 August 2022 22:18
What's the mistake almost everyone in this chat does? Compare apple vs android in general. No, we are here to say our opinion about those 2 chips...If we start spotting differences between iOS-android we will never end....I'll get right to the point: Dimensity 9000 is better in gaming and video recording, a15 better in battery life(6 cores instead of 8). Thanks.
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itsamongus 21 September 2022 21:27
I'm just here to see what phone to buy.
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ItzRandom 04 August 2022 22:21
Hmm...a15 3x better than dimensity 9000? These are big words for a company that doesn't have gaming phones....why though? The answer is obvious...
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Peguri47 28 July 2022 07:55
Both are very strong CPUs... If u need the best gaming CPU or imagen processor... The MDT 9000 is gonna be hard to beat
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Gaurav 29 July 2022 17:13
The fusion of apples like software, Unix kernel, their processor design and hardware + software level optimization make a beast that even outperfors in 6 cores.
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Tech Noob 24 June 2022 03:59
Apple: Close source Android: Open source Very big differences
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CornHeep 29 June 2022 14:17
Mediatek is a closed source tho. Maybe snapdragon is comparable.
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observer 24 May 2022 05:08
if we look for a comparison of which is the best it will end in a blind debate. From some opinions, it can be seen that Android and Apple are already different and their focus is also different on the issue of who is the best, it depends on us consumers and everything is subjective.
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Geeker 12 April 2022 00:53
Do you know why Apple is always on the top? Because all apple chipset is focusing on their own brands. While Android Chipset like MTK, SD handles different kinds of brand devices and it always depends on the UI.
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Vibhu 25 March 2022 18:35
MTK 9000 has 8 cores while a15 has 6 still performs better than most of the 8 core flagship CPUs.
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Vishnupriya 12 April 2022 17:58
Cause of optimization These apple chips are made specifically for iOS and Apple device They mainly focus on the lesser devices so that their device can utilize the chipset 100%(but that doesn't mean their chipset are bad) While Android, comes in many forms and these chipset makers can't optimize them all (Chipset doesn't score constant benchmark on a different device) So Android has no option but to just make a powerful chipset If these apple chips run Android-os then the case would be so a lot different.
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Hlesko 25 March 2022 17:29
Look at MediaTek competing with Apple... The company has come a long way
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Rhm 23 March 2022 21:42
Until yesterday, I thought Android processors are very powerful, and I thought Apple phones are just for security and luxury. But I've recently noticed that Apple's processors are designed to be very advanced and proprietary so that Apple's powerful processors are able to run heavy games in the best possible way for several years. And the reason for this excellent performance of Apple's processors is due to high apple attention in the CPU section and the special CPU design that for each new mobile model produces a new processor with a more powerful CPU. Unfortunately, the Android processor companies do not have the necessary attention and expertise in the CPU section and therefore Apple processors are much better in the gaming section and Android processors are lagging behind.
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Amr 09 April 2022 16:06
Totally even tho the MediaTek 9000 outperforms the iPad air m1 in gaming tests
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Peguri47 28 July 2022 07:50
The reason is mostly due to optimization, that's why in gaming (in which brute force is required) they lost against Mt or Qualcomm
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ItzRandom 10 November 2022 19:54
My friend Rhm, android flagship-level chips are beasts when it comes to the gaming section. Almost every Android flagship phone nowadays comes with an integrated liquid cooling system, meaning low-normal temperatures when playing games. In this section, apple lacks far behind. If you take a good look, apple GPUs have higher MHz clock speed, which means higher temperatures when playing games, so an internal cooling system is necessary. Also, GPUs are known to increase the temperature more than CPUs (official information), even when its CPU has 2 fewer cores. So, high temperature leads to unstable performance and less stability in Fps. Unfortunately, apple phones don't have such cooling systems to maintain maximum performance. Want an example? Apple in general doesn't have gaming phones! This doesn't mean apple phones can't handle heavy games, it means their phones are NOT OPTIMISED FOR GAMING. Therefore, apple chips are well-balanced in CPU-intensive tasks (like multitasking), but still have a long way to catch up with android chips in the gaming section. Last but not least, more cores in gaming (usually leads to more Ghz in total performance) translates to better performance, especially in demanding games. So apple, even though its chips have better architecture, they are still behind in the gaming AND CPU section. Conclusion? Android flagship chips are more optimized for gaming.
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Yzn 23 March 2022 21:30
In my opinion, the a15 bionic is 2x or 3x better than dimensity 9000 or any other Android processor!!
+37 Reply
Yatendra 25 April 2022 16:38
It's not true, You are just bounded by iPhone's name, and that's it the iPhone is .
+49 Reply
Peguri47 28 July 2022 07:51
Not true, especially for the price, it's like at best 10% faster... But i. Some cases it costs double
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Unknown 19 March 2022 07:05
To those who think a15 is the best chip in the world right now: Why Apple doesn't have gaming phones? The answer is clear....because dimensity 9000 is by far the BEST gaming processor ever made (see benchmarks compared with snapdragon 8 gen 1 and a15 bionic). The winner is dimensity for me. Also costs half the price of a15...
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Pratik Gawad 01 April 2022 07:34
This price is less dimensity but there no competition between iPhone and Android because apple processor is far better than Android processor, you may take any Android processor but it start lagging after 8-9 months but here apple rocks ,apple processor start lagging after 2-3 years and that also may be, apple phones are long-lasting then Android, and if we take constant fps, Android processor sucks, it gives drops may this 9000 give less but there will be drops in this, where apple doesn't give any drops because of clock bandwidth.
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Amr 09 April 2022 16:08
Pratik Gawad, Wtf do u mean lags after 8 months? Bro, I have a note 9 and it's still going strong LMFAO. Don't cap like that and it's pretty apparent I've never even held an android in Ur life.
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Yiam AowVN 29 April 2022 03:56
Pratik Gawad, So why is SD 835 still stronger than A10?
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AFK016 18 May 2022 12:25
Pratik Gawad, The hell? My xz1 from 2017 still can play pubg smoothly until 2021, and also can still swim with it. Apple tryhard fans belike.
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Charcoal 19 May 2022 08:19
Pratik Gawad, Any processor will throttle there are no exceptions since the laws of physics prevent 100% efficiency. For this reason even the latest IPhone throttles in no less than a year. Here's an example of a dude testing the performance with a phone cooler (still didn't help much) https://youtu.be/MTh44Z6N9zY
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Exynos 08 July 2022 16:50
Exynos is the best by far in gaming, and battery.
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Lol 12 March 2022 08:18
On the paper, dimensity is won but in the practice iPhone is strong.
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Peguri47 28 July 2022 07:53
Optimization gas entered the chat
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Günther 18 January 2022 15:40
A15 ist in der tdp und neural engine sowie reiner CPU leistung und 2 kernen weniger immer noch deutlich besser und der a16 kommt erst noch.
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Niloy 04 January 2022 12:06
Though on paper Dimensity is far ahead but phone performance not only depends on just a chip. Optimized UI based on that chip and performance management is super important. So Apple knows how to push their chip to the best limits but for Dimensity it would take many updates for a good UI experience and not being a heating issue.
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Stefan 25 March 2022 21:55
IOS just optimizes apps ins the background like it is the ram, also the UI gives so much more performance, but the smart thing they did is to use 6 cores at 1.6x higher clock speeds.
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Sanjit 11 April 2022 21:30
Stefan, And also of nvme storage type background loading is super fast.
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Charizard 19 May 2022 08:16
They're still heating issues and major throttling for apple https://youtu.be/MTh44Z6N9zY
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Unknown 30 December 2021 20:50
Clearly mediatek is the winner because of its cheaper price and 4 nm process
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Mido 06 January 2022 21:11
Bro the nm is a fool lol go see power consumption benchmarks of both chips and u will know.
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Anon 10 January 2022 09:08
nm doesn’t really matter much at the moment. Intel was using older fabrication processes while AMD was using the latest. Intel still caught up to AMD.
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ñoa 24 January 2022 00:13
Anon, Intel was just increasing clock speeds and wattage
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