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  • Is the Larger TSMC iPhone A9 Chip Better Than the Smaller Samsung iPhone A9 Chip?


    At the end of last month, it was discovered by Chipworks that Apple used two separate manufacturers to cover the manufacturing needs of the A9 chips found in the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Notably, the Samsung version of the A9 chip, which measured at 96mm˛, was smaller than the TSMC version of the A9 chip, which measured in at 104.5mm˛.

    Many had figured that the smaller Samsung A9 chip was the better chip, being that it was smaller and smaller die processes could potentially lead to improvements in power efficiency over the larger TSMC A9 chip, but is that really the case?

    Recent benchmarks shared by Reddit user raydizzle compare a Geekbench battery life score between two iPhone 6s Plus devices, which had the same exact applications, settings, and backups as one another – one of them reportedly had a Samsung A9 chip, and the other reportedly had a TSMC A9 chip. The results are actually impressive – TSMC's A9 chip was able to withstand nearly two hours more of battery benchmarking than Samsung's was:


    TSMC left, and Samsung right

    Other benchmarks have also shown that the TSMC A9 chip may be marginally faster than the Samsung A9 chip as well, but the differences are essentially impossible to tell without premium benchmarking software. In terms of battery life on the other hand, a two-hour different is pretty huge.

    Fortunately TSMC is found powering most of Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, in what is estimated to be a 60/40 split, so your chances of ending up with a TSMC-powered iPhone is higher than your chances of ending up with a Samsung-powered iPhone.

    If you're curious what chip you may have inside of your new iPhone, you can use an iOS application called Lirum Device Info Lite - System Monitor (first spotted by Engadget) to find out what chip you have under the hood. If the application shows a model number N66AP (in the iPhone 6s plus) or N71AP (in the iPhone 6s), then you have the Samsung A9 chip. If the application shows a model number N66MAP (in the iPhone 6s plus) or N71MAP (in the iPhone 6s), then you have the TSMC A9 chip.

    Source: Reddit via Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is the Larger TSMC iPhone A9 Chip Better Than the Smaller Samsung iPhone A9 Chip? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. jco's Avatar
      jco -
      Samsung chip for me. [emoji17]
    1. DucMike's Avatar
      DucMike -
      TSMC for me. W00t!
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      One of them has no sim, other has Rogers sim. That's not same environment.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Samsung chip for me as well.
    1. Fender's Avatar
      Fender -
      TSMC here. Sweet!
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Sod's law I end up in the 40% range
    1. GTdave11's Avatar
      GTdave11 -
      this app dont even work for me i get like almost no info about the phone, so i just thought it was the light version so i went and bought the full version and same results no changes what a rip
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      One of them has no sim, other has Rogers sim. That's not same environment.
      Nonetheless, it makes you wonder how an iPhone that is actively searching for and utilizing a cellular signal is lasting 2 hours longer than an iPhone that doesn't have any SIM card to look for a cellular network in the first place.

      Despite this benchmark making the headlines today, he's not the first and only one to note that the TSMC chip performs better. He's just the most dramatic statistic.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Nonetheless, it makes you wonder how an iPhone that is actively searching for and utilizing a cellular signal is lasting 2 hours longer than an iPhone that doesn't have any SIM card to look for a cellular network in the first place.

      Despite this benchmark making the headlines today, he's not the first and only one to note that the TSMC chip performs better. He's just the most dramatic statistic.
      I know. But I wonder if the one without the sim (Samsung) is "looking" for sim and draining battery?? I mean it's not on airplane mode.

      By the way, I hate Samsung so please don't think I'm advocating Samsung in any way.
    1. Brandon.amos's Avatar
      Brandon.amos -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      I know. But I wonder if the one without the sim (Samsung) is "looking" for sim and draining battery?? I mean it's not on airplane mode.

      By the way, I hate Samsung so please don't think I'm advocating Samsung in any way.
      I have a Samsung Chip, and I have a SIM Card. So you'll have to come up with a different theory. Not hating, just letting you know. Maybe being the first generation of the smaller form factor of the Samsung Chip maybe?
    1. miketurbo123's Avatar
      miketurbo123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      One of them has no sim, other has Rogers sim. That's not same environment.
      I agree. I would like to see a retest with the sim card removed.
    1. Persianhawkes01's Avatar
      Persianhawkes01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Nonetheless, it makes you wonder how an iPhone that is actively searching for and utilizing a cellular signal is lasting 2 hours longer than an iPhone that doesn't have any SIM card to look for a cellular network in the first place.

      Despite this benchmark making the headlines today, he's not the first and only one to note that the TSMC chip performs better. He's just the most dramatic statistic.
      That is an unfair test. Either put them both on airplane mode or have both without a sim card. Thats like someone jogging a mile with shoes vs. someone without. You must be the new Ziberg; Samsung bashing writer.
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      I know. But I wonder if the one without the sim (Samsung) is "looking" for sim and draining battery?? I mean it's not on airplane mode.

      By the way, I hate Samsung so please don't think I'm advocating Samsung in any way.

      Sent from my SM-N910T using Tapatalk
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brandon.amos View Post
      I have a Samsung Chip, and I have a SIM Card. So you'll have to come up with a different theory. Not hating, just letting you know. Maybe being the first generation of the smaller form factor of the Samsung Chip maybe?
      Nothing about hating or theory man. I'm just saying not similar environment.
    1. Brandon.amos's Avatar
      Brandon.amos -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Nothing about hating or theory man. I'm just saying not similar environment.
      I agree. Tests need to be done in a similar environment, same way etc.
    1. Persianhawkes01's Avatar
      Persianhawkes01 -
      He must of thought us techies overlooked one on a network and the other not and think thats the same environment. More like click bait lol.

      Sent from my SM-N910T using Tapatalk
    1. Persianhawkes01's Avatar
      Persianhawkes01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Nothing about hating or theory man. I'm just saying not similar environment.
      You arent hating just stating the obvious.
    1. StaceyMJ86's Avatar
      StaceyMJ86 -
      TSMC for me.
    1. Eonhpi's Avatar
      Eonhpi -
      tsmc here iphone 6 128gb
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GTdave11 View Post
      this app dont even work for me i get like almost no info about the phone, so i just thought it was the light version so i went and bought the full version and same results no changes what a rip
      Bro you don't have to do anything. It's on the first screen that pops up. I have the Samsung chip
    1. valkraider's Avatar
      valkraider -
      Quote Originally Posted by GTdave11 View Post
      this app dont even work for me i get like almost no info about the phone, so i just thought it was the light version so i went and bought the full version and same results no changes what a rip
      The free version clearly says "prototype - stay tuned for future updates", and it does show a little bit of info about the systems in the phone. I suspect that more system info could be forthcoming. The differences between the free and paid version are linked to from within the app itself:

      Features | Lirum Info

      The last update was April, so maybe a newer version will know more about the 6S.




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      Posted from my iPhone using the "Tapatalk" app.