Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Sep 2017 16:40 UTC

With the iPhone X revealed, we really have to start talking about its processor and SoC - the A11 Bionic. It's a six-core chip with two high-power cores, four low-power cores, and this year, for the first time, includes an Apple-designed custom GPU. It also has what Apple calls a Neural Engine, designed to speed up tasks such as face recognition.

Apple already had a sizeable performance lead over competing chips from Qualcomm (what Android phones use) in single-core performance, and the A11 blasts past those in multicore performance, as well. Moreover, the A11 also performs better than quite a number of recent desktop Intel chips from the Core i5 and i7 range, which is a big deal.

For quite a few people it's really hard to grasp just how powerful these chips are - and to a certain extent, it feels like much of that power is wasted in an iPhone, which is mostly doing relatively mundane tasks anyway. Now that Apple is also buildings its own GPUs, it's not a stretch to imagine a number of mobile GPU makers feeling a bit... Uneasy.

At some point, these Apple Ax chips will find their way to something more sizable than phones and tablets.

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RE[3]: Performance
by darknexus on Wed 13th Sep 2017 20:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Performance"
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I love competition, better tech for Android in the end. ;)

Best joke I've heard all day. Android could run on a chip twice as powerful as this A11 is reputed to be, and it would still crawl because of its inefficiency by comparison.

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RE[4]: Performance
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 13th Sep 2017 20:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Performance"
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You're not wrong, but you do have to admit that the power is wasted a bit on an iphone due to the efficiency and restrictions on background tasks.

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