Apple today came up with the new iPhone 11 trio and Apple A13 chip simultaneously. This is according to Apple spokesperson fastest chipset on any smartphone. A few days back, Huawei had introduced its new SoC series named Kirin 990, which includes a regular 4G LTE variant and a fully 5G focussed mobile platform. Needless to say, Qualcomm is the market leader in the semiconductor industry. Therefore, we can’t forget its flagship SoC Snapdragon 855 Plus, if we are comparing the best chipsets available at present.
Without any doubt, all three are very powerful processor and fully capable of performing all kind of essential task. There should be no issue running any app smartphones powered by these chipsets. These tiar-1 SoCs hold-on world’s powerful and best-performing devices in the works. In the meantime, we will also compare the Apple A13 with its predecessor A12 Bionic chip to find out how this one is different from the older one. All in all, we will be comparing between Apple A13 Bionic vs A12 vs Kirin 990 5G vs Snapdragon 855+. Without any doubt let’s start the full in-depth comparison.
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Apple A13 Bionic vs A12 vs Kirin 990 5G vs Snapdragon 855 Plus Specs Comparison
|Apple A13 Bionic||Apple A12 Bionic||Kirin 990 5G||Snapdragon 855 Plus|
|CPU||Dual-cluster hexa-core (2x Lightning cores @2.65 GHz|
4x Thunder efficiency cores)
|Dual-cluster hexa-core (2x Vortex cores @2.49 GHz|
4x Tempest efficiency cores)
|Tri-cluster octa-core (2 x Cortex-A76 cores @2.86GHz|
2x Cortex-A76 cores @2.36GHz
4x Cortex-A55 cores @1.95GHz)
|Tri-cluster octa-core (1x Kryo 485 @2.96 GHz
3x Kryo 485 @2.42 GHz
4x Kryo 485 @1.78 GHz)
|GPU||Apple-designed quad-core||Apple-designed quad-core||Mali-G76MP16, 700MHz||Adreno 640, 700MHz|
|Process||TSMS 7nm+||TSMS 7nm||TSMS 7NM+ EUV||TSMS 7nm|
|NPU||octa-core Neural Engine||octa-core Neural Engine||2 + 1 Da Vinci (three cores)||Qualcomm Hexagon 690|
|Modem||LTE||LTE||Integrated Balong 5G|
D/L Speed 2.3 Gbps
U/L Speed 1.25 Gbps
|Snapdragon X50 external 5G
D/L speed 2 Gbps
U/L speed 316 Mbps
|Transistor||8.5 billion||6.9 billion||10.3 billion||N/A|
|Antutu||N/A||3,63,580 points||N/A||4,97,179 point|
|ISP||Apple-designed ISP||Apple-designed ISP||ISP 5.0||Spectra 380 dual-core ISP|
Hardware and Performance
The Apple A13 bionic uses Hexa-core CPU with two powerful Lightning cores point @2.65GHz and there are four efficiency cores called Thunder. In comparison, Apple A12 is also powered by the dual-cluster Hexa-core CPU, which arrives with 2x Vortex cores @2.49 GHz and 4x Tempest power efficiency cores. The company claims to deliver 20% faster CPU speed and 30% more power efficiency.
On the other hands, Kirin 990 5G comes with tri-cluster octa-core CPU. Two powerful Cortex-A76 cores clock @2.86GHz followed by another 2x Cortex-A76 cores @2.36GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 cores @1.95GHz. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus has another tri-cluster CPU but with a different kind of architecture use. It has custom Kryo 485 (Cortex-A76) cores with one powerful cluster clocked @2.96 GHz, other three (A76) arrive with 2.42 GHz clock speed, and 4x power efficient Kryo 485 (A55) cores remain @1.78 GHz.
On paper, it shows the dominance of Snapdragon 855+. But rear world performance tests show a different story. Apple is known for its great optimizations, whether it is the software part or chipset. Last year, Apple A12 was one of the fastest chipset used on any smartphone, and this year you can see the dominance of Apple A13. Surprisingly, A12 still beats most of the flagship processors of this year. But lacks some advancements made by the Snapdragon 855+ and Kirin 990 5G.
In addition, Apple A13 uses the second generation TSMS 7nm+ node. Both Apple A12 and Snapdragon 855+ plus are manufactured on the first generation TSMS 7nm process. Lastly, the Kirin 990 5G chip brings the more advanced 7nm+ EUP node by TSMS. Looking at Apple’s past track record, power efficiency and performance should be inferior to the other three, still, Kirin 990 5G secures the 2nd place.
Diverting to the GPU, the Apple A13 sticks to the own-designed quad-core GPU as we have seen on A12. But the generation gap saw a lot of improvements over the A13. If we believe in Apple’s claim, it delivers 20% faster speed and 40% great power officially over the A12’s GPU. Moving further, Kirin 990 adopts Mali-G76MP16, which is a 16 cores GPU.
But we were surprised to see why the company didn’t use the latest Mali-G77, same with CPU architecture. ARM’s latest Cortex-A77 cores combine with Mali-G77, but Huawei denied both. Finally, the Snapdragon 855+ comes with the latest Adreno 640 GPU, which has also seen some significant improvements over its predecessor. As of now, we don’t have any data to compare, but we are expecting Apple A13 Bionic to take lead on the other two.
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Both Apple A12 and A13 Bionic bring the octa-core Neural Engine to handle the AI tasks. But A13 is definitely is way more advanced compared to A12. It is capable of performing up to a whopping 10 trillion tasks in 1 second, which also twice A12’s 5 trillion task. Apple promises to deliver 20% faster speed and 15% more power efficiency. Apple reportedly plans to push Deep Fusion via a software update, which is Apple’s version of HDR10+. It takes 4 photos before pressing the shutter, and other 4 when you do and then 1 long exposure. Then it picks the best shots and combines them all together.
The Snapdragon 855+ has its own Hexagon 690 quad-core AI engine combined with a dedicated tensor accelerator. It gives the chipset advanced machine learning performance. Some notable advantages provided by the Qualcomm NPU are scene detection, text recognition, super resolutions in snapshots, face authentication, dual and single-camera bokeh. It is capable of performing 7 trillion AI operations per second. Which are theoretical lower than the A13, but more than enough for any modern-day smartphone. It also supports some popular frameworks including TensorFlow by Google, Facebook’s Caffe 2, and the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX).
Lastly, the Kirin 990 5G has three-cores Da Vinci NPU divided into 2 Big + 1 Tiny core. Larger scores are present for demanding high power tasks, while, the tiny power efficiently core handles the small AI tasks. It can render real-time videos based on the new Real-Time Multi-Instance Segmentation. Basically, all three are designed for heavy AI tasking in an era where AI’s importance can’t be negated. Indeed, AI is the future of the tech industry and all three are directing in the right direction. In fact, AI will leave a great impact on battery performance and camera optimizations.
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Antutu-Geekbench Benchmark Scores
The Apple A13 Bionic processor scores 5,415 points in single-core and 11,294 points in multi-core results on Geekbench. The A12 managed to score 4,812 points for single-core and 11,280 points in multi-core. The Snapdragon 855+ results in 3,623 points in single-core and 11,365 points in multi-core. Apart from that, Kirin 990 5G not yet surfaced on Geekbench.
Overall, Apple A13 takes leads on all the tested SoCs, which significantly beats in single-core results and multi-core results are almost the same on all three. It is interesting to see that A12 beats with a huge margin to Snapdragon 855+ in single-core results and A13 is inferior to A12.
Furthermore, the Snapdragon 855+ scores near 5,00,000 points in Antutu benchmark test. The Apple A12 scores almost 3,65,00 points in Antutu, whereas, the other two are yet to be tested. We can definitely expect A13 to lead the chart, but we don’t have data as of now. Truly speaking, these benchmark scores are losing credibility after we hear manipulation incident. You can take these scores as a reference, but we wouldn’t advise you to judge any device blindly basis on the benchmark, but still a good referral point.
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Final Conclusion – Which one is batter?
Although these are initial impressions of Apple A13 and Kirin 990 chipset, we can’t reach on the final conclusion. Overall, Apple A13 seems to be promising and it can beat any mobile chipset around the works. Qualcomm’s best is yet to come with Snapdragon 865. Which is rumored to have some worthy upgrades over the Snapdragon 855+. On the other hands, Kirin 990 chipsets have a different audience. It doesn’t have a wider reach with diversity just like the Apple A13. Both are restricted to use for the there respective manufacturers.
Looking at the current scenario and Apple’s past track record, we can definitely say that Apple A13 is the winner. It is the world’s fastest mobile processor according to Apple’s claims, which seems to me become true either. Even Apple A12 is still a very powerful chip, but Snapdragon 855+ and Kirin 990 5G get some advancements to beat the competition.
In addition, SD 855+ and Kirin 990 have 5G support, which Apple’s chips are lacking entirely. In the era where companies are rushing towards the 5G, Apple doesn’t want to be the part of this crowd. Next year, Apple would be planning for 5G phones, but this year it didn’t happen as we expected. What are your thoughts? Do let’s know in below comment section!
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