Kirin 9000 vs Apple A14 Bionic – Full Comparison and Benchmarks

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We have arranged a full comparison of Huawei’s Kirin 9000 vs Apple A14 Bionic Chip. Now we have compared these two processors on the basis of pros and cons, Geekbench, Antutu, and technical specifications.

CPU Performance

Kirin 9000
85

A14 Bionic
96

Gaming Performance

Kirin 9000
90

A14 Bionic
95

Battery Life

Kirin 9000
91

A14 Bionic
94

Tenzys Tech Score

Kirin 9000
86

A14 Bionic
96

Major differences between Huawei Kirin 9000 Vs Apple A14 Bionic

Pros of Huawei’s Kirin 9000

  • Kirin 9000 shows a significantly better (up to 17.86%) AnTuTu 8 score (686K vs 582K).
  • Kirin 9000 is the latest SOC as announced 1-month later than the Apple A14 Bionic.
  • Kirin 9000 supports 3.04% higher memory bandwidth (44 against 42.7 GB/s).
  • Kirin 9000 has a 2 more CPU cores than Apple A14 Bionic (8 cores vs 6 cores).

Pros of Apple A14 Bionic

  • Apple A14 Bionic has ~136% higher GPU frequency than Kirin 9000 (1.80 GHz vs 0.76 GHz).
  • Apple A14 Bionic chip has 55.12% higher frequency of RAM than Kirin 9000(4266 MHz vs 2750 MHz).
  • Apple A14 Bionic Performs 37.54% better in floating-point computations than Kirin 9000 (1480 vs 1076).

Full comparison between Kirin 9000 vs A14 Bionic

SoC:Kirin 9000A14 Bionic

Gaming Performance

PUBG Mobile81 FPS60.9 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile44 FPS57.5 FPS
Fortnite27.3 FPS28.8 FPS
Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5 Mobile)71.3 FPS47.5 FPS
Real Racing 388.6 FPS98.5 FPS
Need for Speed No Limits60.7 FPS67.6 FPS

Antutu 8

Total Score:

Kirin 9000
686891

A14 Bionic
582172

CPU189738173864
GPU291337208037
Memory115924106696
UX8989293575

GeekBench 5

Single-Core Score

Kirin 9000
1045

A14 Bionic
1562

Multi-core Score

Kirin 9000
3689

A14 Bionic
3819

Image compression174.85 Mpixels/s
Face detection33.7 images/s
Speech recognition95.65 words/s
Machine learning95.8 images/s
Camera shooting38.45 images/s
HTML 54.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite1060 Krows/s

CPU

Architecture1x 3.13 GHz – Cortex-A77
3x 2.54 GHz – Cortex-A77
4x 2.05 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 3.1 GHz – Firestorm
4x 1.8 GHz – Icestorm
Cores86
Base Frequency2050 MHz1800 MHz
Turbo
Frequency
3130 MHz3100 MHz
Instruction setARMv8.2-AARMv8.4-A
L1 cache
L2 cache
L3 cache8 MB
Process5 nanometers5 nanometers
TDP6 Watt6 Watt
Transistor Count15.3 billion11.8 billion

Graphics

GPU nameMali-G78 MP24Apple GPU
ArchitectureValhall 211th Generation
GPU frequency0.76 GHz1.80 GHz-3.01 GHz
Execution units244
Shading units384
FLOPS1076 GFLOPS1480 GFLOPS
Vulkan version1.1
OpenCL version2.0
DirectX version12

Memory

Memory typeLPDDR5LPDDR5
Memory frequency2750 MHz4266 MHz
Bus4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth44 Gbit/s42.7 Gbit/s
Max size16 GB6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU)AI acceleratorNeural Engine
Storage typeUFS 3.1NVMe
Max display resolution3840 x 21602732 x 2048
Max camera resolution1x 200MP, 2x 25MP1x 32MP, 2x 16MP
Video capture4K at 60FPS4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecsH.264, H.265, VP9H.264, H.265, VP9, Motion JPEG
Audio codecsAAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAVAAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV, AC-3, E-AC-3, AAX, AAX+

Connectivity

ModemBalong 5000
4G supportLTE Cat. 24LTE Cat. 18
5G supportYes Yes
Wi-Fi66
Bluetooth5.25.0
NavigationGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NAVICGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

AnnouncedOctober 2020September 2020
ClassFlagshipFlagship
Model numberAPL1W01
Official pageHiSilicon Kirin 9000 official site

Additional

ChargingQualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology
Qualcomm Quick Charge AI
Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4 technology

Review by Tenzys Tech

CPU

CPU of both the SoC’s (kirin 9000 and A14 Bionic) are clocked at 3.2 GHz but the Kirin 9000 is equipped with 8 Cores while A14 Bionic has only 6 cores, which makes the Kirin 9000 a better option than A14 Bionic chip in this segment.

GPU

GPU of chipset Kirin 9000 is equipped with Mali-G78 MP24 while Apple A14 Bionic Chip is equipped with Apple GPU. Frankly, Apple GPU is much better than Mali-G78 MP24 because the clock speed of Mali-G78 MP24 is 0.76 GHz while on another hand Apple GPU is clocked up to 1.80GHz.

Memory

In Kirin 9000 memory type is LPDDR5 which is energy efficient while Apple A14 Bionic Chip comprises LPDDR4x which is less energy efficient as compared to LPDDR5. But the memory frequency of Kirin 9000 is 2750 MHz while in Apple A14 Bionic it is 4266 MHz.

Display

In-display section, Kirin 9000 supports display resolution up to 3840 x 2160 while display resolution in Apple A14 Bionic supports only up to 2732 x 2048.

Huawei Kirin 9000

Tenzys Tech

Kirin 9000
CPU
GPU
Memory
Display and Camera

Summary

Best Flagship chipset by Huawei.

4.8

Apple A14 Bionic

Tenzys Tech

Apple A14 Bionic
CPU
GPU
Memory
Display and Camera

Summary

Best performer in Flagship Series of Apple Bionic Chipsets.

4.6

Q n A

Q1. Which is better Kirin 9000 or Apple A14 Bionic chip?

Ans. Kirin 9000 and Apple A14 Bionic both are best in order to their brand segments but if we talk about the CPU power then Kirin 9000 is better as kirin 9000 has 2 more cores (Octacore) and if we say about GPU power then, of course, the Apple A14 Bionic Chip is best based on the clock speed.

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