Kirin 990 (5G) vs Kirin 820

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 990 (5G) (with Mali G76 MP16 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 990 (5G)
  • Performs 55% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 28%) AnTuTu 9 score – 559K vs 438K
  • 21% higher CPU clock speed (2860 vs 2360 MHz)
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 31.78 GB/s)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 820
  • Higher GPU frequency (~21%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
559994
438358
CPU 160079 135652
GPU 176646 129505
Memory 105187 77124
UX 115376 94518
Total score 559994 438358

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
771
640
Multi-Core Score
3092
2465

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
58 FPS
[Low]
Call of Duty: Mobile 44 FPS
[Ultra]
41 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite 30 FPS
[High]
27 FPS
[Low]
World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
48 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact - 33 FPS
[Medium]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 59 FPS
[Ultra]
57 FPS
[Ultra]
Device Huawei Honor 30 Pro Plus
1200 x 2640
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 990 (5G) and Kirin 820

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.86 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.95 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 2860 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
L1 cache 512 KB -
L2 cache 2 MB -
Process 7 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 8 billion -
TDP 6 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G76 MP16 Mali-G57 MP6
Architecture Bifrost Valhall
GPU frequency 700 MHz 850 MHz
Execution units 16 6
Shading units 256 96
FLOPS 896 Gigaflops 579 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 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 34.1 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Da Vinci Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3360 x 1440
Max camera resolution - 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VC-1 H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem Balong 5000 Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 21 LTE Cat. 22
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2300 Mbps Up to 1600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 1250 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.1
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced October 2019 March 2020
Class Flagship Mid range
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 990 (5G) official site -

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