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Kirin 980 vs Kirin 9000

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 980 (with Mali G76 MP10 graphics) and Kirin 9000 (Mali-G78 MP24). 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 9000
  • Shows significantly better (up to 71%) AnTuTu 8 score – 692K vs 405K
  • Announced 2-years and 2-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Supports 38% higher memory bandwidth (44 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • 20% higher CPU clock speed (3130 vs 2600 MHz)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
405846
Kirin 9000 +71%
692323
CPU 134572 189738
GPU 135339 291337
Memory 65549 115924
UX 67634 89892
Total score 405846 692323

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
695
Kirin 9000 +53%
1064
Multi-Core Score
2494
Kirin 9000 +50%
3749
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]
81 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 39 FPS
[Ultra]
44 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 28 FPS
[High]
29 FPS
[Low]
Shadowgun Legends 51 FPS
[Ultra]
-
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact - 58 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Huawei Nova 5T
1080 x 2340
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
1344 x 3140
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 9000

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 1.92 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55
1x 3.13 GHz – Cortex-A77
3x 2.54 GHz – Cortex-A77
4x 2.05 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2600 MHz 3130 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 512 KB -
L2 cache 512 KB -
L3 cache 4 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count 6.9 billion 15.3 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G76 MP10 Mali-G78 MP24
Architecture Bifrost Valhall 2
GPU frequency 720 MHz -
Execution units 10 24
Shading units 160 384
FLOPS 691 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 1.2 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2750 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 31.78 Gbit/s 44 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes AI accelerator
Storage type UFS 3.0 UFS 3.1
Max display resolution 3120 x 1440 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP -
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem - Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 21 LTE Cat. 24
5G support No Yes
Download speed Up to 1400 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 200 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NAVIC

Info

Announced August 2018 October 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site HiSilicon Kirin 9000 official site

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