Leak claims Apple's upcoming A12 smartphone SoC is ~30% faster than A11

The A12 SoC is expected to be launched in mid-2019. (Source: MyDrivers)
The A12 SoC is expected to be launched in mid-2019. (Source: MyDrivers)
Leaker Ice Universe claims that TSMC is manufacturing A12 prototypes using the new 7 nm process, and the performance gains over the current A11 are considerable, sitting at ~30%. However, the power consumption is not on par with what 7 nm chips should yield, and this could be caused by the lacking lithography. The A12 SoCs should be launched next year wit the tri-cam smartphones.

The A11 Bionic is the fastest mobile SoC on the market right now. It was launched before the Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810, yet Qualcomm and Samsung could not tune their SoCs to overtake the A11. Of course, each company is now working on their next gen chips. Samsung is said to launch the Exynos 9820 in early 2019, Qualcomm is most likely working on a new high-end Snapdragon 845 successor, and, just recently, rumors about Apple’s A12 SoC started to permeate the Net.

A few days ago, Notorious leaker Ice Universe revealed benchmark performance info for the upcoming A12 SoC on Weibo. Insiders from the TSMC’s facilities claim that, even though it is manufactured using the 7 nm process, the A12 is still consuming 23% more power than it should. This might be a temporary problem with the current prototypes that use the non-EUV lithography. As far as performance is concerned, the A12 manages to score 5200 points in single core tests and 13000 points in multi-core tests, meaning that it is as much as 30% faster than the A11.

These GeekBench results have not been posted on the official site, so the obligatory pinch of salt is in order here as well. However, Ice Universe has proven to be a trusted source over the past few years, and he may be referring to some internal TSMC test results for the current A12 prototypes.

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Ice Universe's translated post from Weibo (Source: Weibo)
Ice Universe's translated post from Weibo (Source: Weibo)


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Bogdan Solca, 2018-05- 8 (Update: 2018-05- 8)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.