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Kirin 9000 vs Apple A14 Bionic: Chipset Comparison

Kirin 9000 vs A14 Bionic: there is a need for speed. There is a need for a well optimize chip that can perform more graphics work with less battery/power consumption.

But still even at that, I wouldn’t want to make this comparison a China vs America thing. This is because, Kirin 9000 is from Chinese most advanced tech company, Huawei. While A14 Bionic chip is from Apple, American tech company. I guess you understood now where I am coming from.

Both chipsets are built on 5nm manufacturing process. These two chips are also 5G (Sub6GHz & mmWave) enabled. Although with the Kirin 9000 chip having its 5G modem integrated into the system.

Having mentioned the similarities between these two chips, let’s now get to their differences.

Geekbench has longed been called Apple’s home. While AnTuTu is well familiar with Android smartphones

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On Geekbench live performance test, Apple leads: Multi-core Score (4198), Single-core Score (1583). On the other hand, Kirin 9000’s Multi-core Score (3688), Single-core Score (1583).

However, a change to AnTuTu’s platform saw a different ball game. In the overall scores, the Kirin 9000 had 693,605 mark. Making it the king of Android chipsets pending when Snapdragon 875 or Exynos 2100 processors would be released later this year.

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Meanwhile, the Apple A14 Bionic chip had just 660,038 score on AnTuTu. In fact, the Kirin 9000 chip had an upper hand in the GPU, CPU and MEM scores between these two chipsets.

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Huawei’s Kirin 9000 supports 66W fast charge and 50W wireless fast charge. But Apple’s A14 Bionic chip only support 20W fast charge and 15W wireless charging.

And when it comes to the number of transistor count, Kirin 9000 leads with 15.3 billion transistors. While A14 bionic had lesser number of 11.8 billion count. Theoretically, a higher number of transistors boosts a chip’s processing power. 

The Kirin 9000 supports 90Hz refresh rate which is higher and faster than the 60Hz of Apple’s latest chip. Swift screen helps in gaming. Kirin 9000 is the favorite here once more.

Kirin 9000 vs A14 Bionic: GPU & CPU

The Kirin 9000 features a 24-core Mali G78 GPU, which Huawei claims is 52 percent faster than the Adreno 650 GPU on the Snapdragon 865 Plus. However, considering the facts that it consumes too much battery life, the Kirin 9000 should be given a double thought.

On the Other hand, Apple made sure the A14 Bionic takes less battery life. The A14 Bionic has 4 cores and offers a 30% better performance compared to the old A12 Bionic in the iPad Air 2019. This should translate to around 10% compared to the Apple A13 Bionic of last year.

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The Kirin 9000 packs a three-level power efficiency architecture with cores running at clock frequencies of up to 3.13GHz. The CPU part has eight cores, including a 3.13GHz Cortex-A77 large core, three Cortex-A77 medium cores each clocked at 2.54GHz. The SoC also has four Cortex-A55 small cores clocked at 2.04GHz each. Thus, it is currently the highest frequency mobile phone processor.

While the A14 Bionic features a designed 64-bit six-core CPU implementing ARMv8 ISA, with two high-performance cores called Firestorm and four energy-efficient cores called Icestorm.

Technically, if one should follow the CPU benchmark, the Kirin 9000 is the fastest of these two chipsets. However, the A14 Bionic is the best at battery efficiency. After all, what’s the essence of having a fast smartphone with no long battery life?

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