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Apple A14 Bionic SoC spotted on AnTuTu, loses to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset in benchmark scores

Apple's A14 Bionic SoC is expected to be used on the upcoming iPhone 12. Here's how it compares to other flagship chipsets.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | September 18, 2020 | Updated 20:38 IST

Highlights

  • Apple's A14 Bionic SoC has been spotted on benchmarking site AnTuTu.
  • The A14 Bionic has been seen running on iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  • The chipset is Apple's most powerful SoC to date.

Apple recently announced its latest iPads and smartwatches at the Time Flies event earlier this week. Of the products announced, the iPad Air 4 was especially interesting as it brings with itself Apple's most powerful chipset to date, the A14 Bionic.

This chipset is also expected to be used on the upcoming iPhone 12, and as such, all eyes are on the SoC as it will directly take on other flagship chipsets from the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and Huawei. But if initial reports are to be believed, Apple's competitors could have an advantage over it when it comes to the chipset department.

This is per the information revealed by tipster, Ice Universe, who has posted Antutu scores of the A14 Bionic running on Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 Pro Max. As per the report, the score amassed by the chipset is 572,333 which is much lower than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus-powered Asus ROG Phone 3's 629,245. In fact, it is also less than The regular Snapdragon 865 running on the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra.

If this ends up being true, it would represent a major win for Qualcomm as it has in the past been losing out to Apple in the chipset race. However, at this point, it would also be prudent to remember that the score could be low on the iPhone 12 Pro Max because it is not running a final version of the software which could be further optimised to improve performance on the device.

In that case, it is very likely that Apple could eke out a lot more performance out of the chipset when it is paired to a stable software and device. All these questions should be answered soon as the iPhone 12 is expected to be launched in the coming weeks.

To remind our readers, the A14 Bionic is the first 5nm SoC to make it to a consumer device. Apple claims that the move to a new 5nm manufacturing process for the A14 Bionic chip has helped it squeeze in 11.8 billion transistors into the chipset. This according to Apple, should help it deliver a 40 per cent improvement in general performance and 30 per cent graphics performance over the A13 Bionic. However, what's also interesting is the fact that switch to this new manufacturing process has allowed Apple to double the number of Neural Engine cores from what we saw on the A13 Bionic SoC.

With the capability to handle 11 trillion operations per second, the iPhone 12 could also get a significant upper hand over the iPhone 11 series when it comes to machine learning and AI-related tasks. While there would be many applications that will benefit from this, the biggest winner here would be the Siri which should work better on the iPhone 12 -- in comparison to previous generation iPhones.

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