Kirin 9000 vs Apple A15 Bionic | Complete specifications and benchmarks

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We have arranged a full comparison of Huawei’s Kirin 9000 vs Apple A15 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
82

A15 Bionic
99

Gaming Performance

Kirin 9000
81

A15 Bionic
96

Battery Life

Kirin 9000
89

A15 Bionic
93

Tenzys Tech Score

Kirin 9000
84

A15 Bionic
97

Major differences between Huawei Kirin 9000 Vs Apple A15 Bionic

Pros of Huawei’s Kirin 9000

  • Kirin 9000 supports 3.04% higher memory bandwidth (44 against 42.7 GB/s).
  • Kirin 9000 has a 2 more CPU cores than Apple A15 Bionic (8 cores vs 6 cores).

Pros of Apple A15 Bionic

  • Apple A15 Bionic shows a significantly better (up to 16.76%) AnTuTu 9 score (801K vs 686K).
  • Apple A15 Bionic has ~57.89% higher GPU frequency than Kirin 9000 (1.20 GHz vs 0.76 GHz).
  • Apple A15 Bionic chip has 55.12% higher frequency of RAM than Kirin 9000 (4266 MHz vs 2750 MHz).
  • Apple A15 Bionic is the latest SOC as announced 11-month later than the Kirin 9000.

Full comparison between Kirin 9000 vs A15 Bionic

SoC:Kirin 9000Apple A15 Bionic

Gaming Performance

PUBG Mobile81 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile44 FPS
Fortnite27.3 FPS
Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5 Mobile)71.3 FPS
Real Racing 388.6 FPS
Need for Speed No Limits60.7 FPS

Antutu 9

Total Score:

Kirin 9000
686891

A15 Bionic
801595

CPU189738216265
GPU291337339795
Memory115924112472
UX89892133063

GeekBench 5

Single-Core Score

Kirin 9000
1045

A15 Bionic
1728

Multi-core Score

Kirin 9000
3689

A15 Bionic
4656

CPU

Architecture1x 3.13 GHz – Cortex-A77
3x 2.54 GHz – Cortex-A77
4x 2.05 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 3.223 GHz – Avalanche
4x 1.82 GHz – Blizzard
Cores86
Base Frequency2050 MHz1820 MHz
Turbo
Frequency
3130 MHz3223 MHz
Instruction setARMv8.2-AARMv8.5-A
L1 cache
L2 cache
L3 cache8 MB
Process5 nanometers5 nanometers
TDP6 Watt6 Watt
Transistor Count15.3 billion15 billion

Graphics

GPU nameMali-G78 MP24Apple GPU
ArchitectureValhall 2
GPU frequency0.76 GHz1.2 GHz
Execution units245
Shading units384640
FLOPS1076 GFLOPS
Vulkan version1.1
OpenCL version2.0
DirectX version12

Memory

Memory typeLPDDR5LPDDR4X
Memory frequency2750 MHz4266 MHz
Bus4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth44 Gbit/s42.7 Gbit/s
Max size16 GB8 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 25MP
Video capture4K at 60FPS4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecsH.264, H.265, VP9H.264, H.265, 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. 24
5G supportYes Yes
Wi-Fi66
Bluetooth5.25.0
NavigationGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NAVICGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Info

AnnouncedOctober 2020September 2021
ClassFlagshipFlagship
Model numberAPL1W07
Official pageHiSilicon Kirin 9000 official site

Review by Tenzys Tech

CPU

CPU of kirin 9000 is clocked at 3133 MHz where Apple A15 Bionic SoC is clocked at 3233 but the Kirin 9000 is equipped with 8 Cores while A15 Bionic has only 6 cores, which makes the Kirin 9000 a better option than the A15 Bionic chip in this segment.

GPU

GPU of chipset Kirin 9000 is equipped with Mali-G78 MP24 while Apple A15 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 the other hand, Apple GPU is clocked up to 1.20 GHz.

Memory

In Kirin 9000 memory type is LPDDR5 which is energy efficient while Apple A15 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 A15 Bionic it is 4266 MHz.

Huawei Kirin 9000

Tenzys Tech

Kirin 9000
CPU
GPU
Memory
Display and Camera

Summary

Best Flagship chipset by Huawei.

4.5

Apple A15 Bionic

Tenzys Tech

Apple A15 bionic
CPU
GPU
Memory
Display and Camera

Summary

Best performer in Flagship Series of Apple Bionic Chipsets in 2021.

4.8

Q n A

Q1. Which is better Kirin 9000 or Apple A15 Bionic chip?

Ans. Kirin 9000 and Apple A15 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 A15 Bionic Chip is best based on the clock speed. So overall parameters can’t justify the final performance because software optimisation also plays a vital role in overall performance of any chipset and therefore apple mostly perform in software optimisation for their chipsets.

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