Kirin 990 (4G) vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4G) (with Mali G76 MP16 graphics) and Kirin 980 (Mali G76 MP10). 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 990 (4G)
  • Announced 1-year and 1-month later
  • 10% higher CPU clock speed (2860 vs 2600 MHz)
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • Better instruction set architecture
  • Shows better (up to 4%) AnTuTu 9 score – 496K vs 479K
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Higher GPU frequency (~20%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
496363
479142
CPU 143538 140916
GPU 161429 143456
Memory 107678 83772
UX 84092 115457
Total score 496363 479142

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
3035
2457
Image compression 148.7 Mpixels/s 123.8 Mpixels/s
Face detection 23.9 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 54.1 words/s 47.2 words/s
Machine learning 55.8 images/s 47.4 images/s
Camera shooting 28.2 images/s 23.2 images/s
HTML 5 3.13 Mnodes/s 2.39 Mnodes/s
SQLite 797.5 Krows/s 655 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
3284
2489
Stability 46% 48%
Graphics test 19 FPS 14 FPS
Score 3284 2489

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile 41 FPS
[Ultra]
39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 29 FPS
[Ultra]
28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends 55 FPS
[Ultra]
51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Huawei Mate 30 Pro
1146 x 2400
Huawei Nova 5T
1080 x 2340
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 990 (4G) and Kirin 980

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.86 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 2.09 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.86 GHz – Cortex-A55
2x 2.6 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 1.92 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2860 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 512 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 2 MB 512 KB
L3 cache - 4 MB
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 8 billion 6.9 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G76 MP16 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Bifrost Bifrost
GPU frequency 600 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 16 10
Shading units 256 160
FLOPS 768 Gigaflops 691 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 34.1 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

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

Connectivity

Modem Balong 765 -
4G support LTE Cat. 21 LTE Cat. 21
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1400 Mbps Up to 1400 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 200 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced October 2019 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4G) official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

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Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 980 and Kirin 990 (4G), or ask any questions
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Some TECH Guy 04 March 2021 16:46
990 4G is great, but mate 30 price tag is insane expensive and without google services, in that case we would rely only on 980 kirin devices
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