The Apple A12 Bionic chip found in the new iPhone releases – XR, XS and XS Max was described as “the smartest and powerful chip in a smartphone”. However, Huawei, during the unveiling of the Kirin 980 chipset at the IFC in Berlin also claimed that it will be better than that of Apple’s. Huawei’s chip is expected to power the brand’s upcoming Mate 20 and Magic 2 smartphone. So, what do these two have to offer?
Here goes the tale of the tape. The Apple A12 Bionic chip and Huawei’s Kirin 980 are the first set of 7nm mobile processes – the smallest current transistor scale. It is this unique feature that makes both more energy efficient as regards the battery life. The former has a 50% energy efficiency than its predecessor (A11) while the latter is reportedly 45% better than the Kirin 970. Therefore, the chip allows you to do a lot at once.
Similarly, both chips boast 6.9 billion transistors each, which makes them capable of tackling huge tasks and packs a punch in its AI accelerator. The Apple A12 Bionic chip has 8 core neural engine of AI accelerator with a performance of 5 trillion operation per second. The Huawei Kirin 980 on the other hand performs 4500 picture per minute from an AI processor of Dual NPU.
Although, these chips run on different operating systems, they come with state of the art CPU and GPU performance and productivity, it is noteworthy to emphasise that they are both designed for optimal performance and ensure a thrilling user experience.
While we wait until the Mate 20 and Magic 2 smartphone hits the market to test run the Kirin 980, these two chips have proven to be heavyweights and signals the beginning of more ground-breaking innovation in the world of smartphones.