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Exynos 850 vs Apple A9

We compared the 8-core Samsung Exynos 850 (Mali G52) 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.


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 Samsung Exynos 850
  • Has 6 cores more
  • Announced 4 years and 9 months later
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (8 versus 14 nm)
  • 8% higher CPU clock speed (2000 vs 1850 MHz)
  • Compatible with the latest DirectX 12
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of Apple A9
  • Shows significantly better (up to 45%) AnTuTu 8 score – 173K vs 119K


Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Apple A9 +263%
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Apple A9 +10%
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
Apple A9 +45%


Full list of technical specifications of Exynos 850 and Apple A9


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


GPU name Mali G52 PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600
Architecture Bifrost Rogue
GPU frequency - 650 MHz
Cores - 6
Number of ALUs - 192
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11


Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 1333 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth - 14.9 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No No
Storage type eMMC 5.1 NVMe
Max display resolution 2520 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 22MP, 2x 16MP 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP
Video capture 1K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 1080p at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV


Modem - Qualcomm MDM9635M
4G support LTE Cat. 7 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 450 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo


Announced May 2020 September 2015
Class Low end Flagship

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So, which SoC would you choose?
3 (60%)
2 (40%)
Total votes: 5


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