We already know that Apple’s new A12 Bionic chip — seen in the iPhone XS, XS Max and upcoming iPhone XR — is stunningly fast. But tech site has gone further than that initial assessment.
According to on the new system-on-chip (SoC), AnandTech reports the A12 Bionic sports a number of significant upgrades over its predecessor — and the site calls it a “beast of a SoC.”
- The A12 Bionic performed an average of 24 percent better than the previous A11 chip.
- The A12’s power efficiency has similarly been improved by around 12 percent — though heavy loads bring that number back down.
- The site’s SPECfp benchmarking indicated average performance improvements around 28 percent than the last generation.
AnandTech also confirmed previous reports indicating that the iPhone XS lineup is currently the fastest smartphone series on the market.
The site wrote that the contrast between the A12 and the best Android SoCs on the market is “extremely stark.”
“Apple’s SoCs have better energy efficiency than all recent Android SoCs while having a nearly 2x performance advantage. I wouldn’t be surprised that if we were to normalise for energy used, Apple would have a 3x performance efficiency lead,” the site wrote.
All in all, the site says it’s “quite astonishing” how close the A12 Bionic is to “current desktop-level CPUs,” adding that Apple CPUs have pushed the boundaries of what mobile chips are capable of.