Kirin 980 vs Kirin 820

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 980 (with Mali G76 MP10 graphics) and Kirin 820 (Mali-G57 MP6). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Performs 19% better in floating-point computations
  • 10% higher CPU clock speed (2600 vs 2360 MHz)
  • Shows better (up to 8%) AnTuTu 9 score – 474K vs 438K
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 820
  • Announced 1-year and 7-months later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~18%)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 980 +8%
474880
438358
CPU 142027 135652
GPU 144227 129505
Memory 77986 77124
UX 109693 94518
Total score 474880 438358

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 980 +9%
699
640
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 980 +1%
2499
2465
Image compression 123.8 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 20.4 images/s -
Speech recognition 47.2 words/s -
Machine learning 47.4 images/s -
Camera shooting 23.2 images/s -
HTML 5 2.39 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 655 Krows/s -

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 56 FPS
[Ultra]
58 FPS
[Low]
Call of Duty: Mobile 39 FPS
[Ultra]
41 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 28 FPS
[High]
27 FPS
[Low]
Shadowgun Legends 51 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
48 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact - 33 FPS
[Medium]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
57 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Huawei Nova 5T
1080 x 2340
Huawei Honor X10
1080 x 2400
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 980 and Kirin 820

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 1.92 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55
1x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A76
3x 2.22 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2600 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 512 KB -
L2 cache 512 KB -
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 6.9 billion -
TDP 6 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G76 MP10 Mali-G57 MP6
Architecture Bifrost Valhall
GPU frequency 720 MHz 850 MHz
Execution units 10 6
Shading units 160 96
FLOPS 691 Gigaflops 579 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 1.2 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 31.78 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Yes
Storage type UFS 3.0 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3120 x 1440 3360 x 1440
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem - Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 21 LTE Cat. 22
5G support No Yes
Download speed Up to 1400 Mbps Up to 1600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 200 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.1
Navigation GPS, GLONASS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced August 2018 March 2020
Class Flagship Mid range
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
393 (69.4%)
173 (30.6%)
Total votes: 566

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 820 and Kirin 980, or ask any questions
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Glenn 25 May 2020 22:50
Why did you compare UFS 3.0 with UFS 2.1? You should only compare CPU, so everything else the same, the only difference is CPU
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Root 26 May 2020 09:13
Hi. Supported storage type doesn't affect any score in our comparisons. Is just details that can be useful for other people.
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