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Apple's iPad Pro 2020 A12Z Bionic SoC shows minimal improvements over the 2018 A12X model in latest AnTuTu benchmarks

The new iPad Pro models do not seem to be a good buy right now, as Apple will be releasing improved models in only 6 more months. (Image Source: Apple)
The new iPad Pro models do not seem to be a good buy right now, as Apple will be releasing improved models in only 6 more months. (Image Source: Apple)
The new A12Z SoC manages to impress us in a negative way. We were suspecting it would not be that much faster than the A12X, but we would have never guessed that it only has a 1% edge over the 2018 model. Still, the performance is well above anything available from the competitors, yet it does not necessarily recommend it as a worthy upgrade since Apple will release even better models in 6 months.
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Is the latest iPad Pro 2020 any better than the 2018 model? We were already suspecting that the performance improvements could not be that big since Apple decided not to include a newer version of the A13 Bionic SoC, but now we have clear confirmation from a fresh AnTuTU benchmark spotted by the guys over at MySmartPrice.

At first glance, the A12Z Bionic appears to be only marginally better than the 2018 A12X (which still remains a beast, even by today’s standards). In some tests, like the memory, CPU and UX, the new version is surprisingly slower than the 2018 SoC. The memory test might show that the AnTuTu benchmark is not really reliable and lacks optimization for Apple’s newer SoCs, as the A12Z is slower than the A12X by more than 20%. Still, the 2020 SoC manages to shine in the GPU tests where it sees performance improvements of around 10%. This score alone helps the new SoC to obtain 1% more points for the overall test.

As we can see, there is no point in upgrading to this particular version now, at least not performance-wise, especially considering that Apple is supposed to add 5G variants in Q3 this year, and those models will most likely be equipped with improved A13 or even A14 SoCs.

Overall score and specs for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2020 tablet (Source: AnTuTu)
Overall score and specs for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2020 tablet (Source: AnTuTu)
Test suite breakdown (Source: AnTuTu)
Test suite breakdown (Source: AnTuTu)

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1540 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-03-19 (Update: 2020-03-19)