Kirin 985 vs Kirin 9000

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 985 (with Mali-G77 MP8 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 51%) AnTuTu 9 score – 718K vs 476K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (5 versus 7 nm)
  • Supports 29% higher memory bandwidth (44 against 34.1 GB/s)
  • 21% higher CPU clock speed (3130 vs 2580 MHz)
  • Announced 6-months later

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
476469
Kirin 9000 +51%
718303
CPU 144952 187157
GPU 148941 266823
Memory 84366 131949
UX 100999 136499
Total score 476469 718303

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
689
Kirin 9000 +52%
1045
Multi-Core Score
2565
Kirin 9000 +45%
3708

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
2128
Kirin 9000 +184%
6036
Stability - 56%
Graphics test 12 FPS 36 FPS
Score 2128 6036

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 81 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile - 44 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite - 29 FPS
[Low]
World of Tanks Blitz - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact - 58 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device - 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 985 and Kirin 9000

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.58 GHz – Cortex-A76
3x 2.4 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.84 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 2580 MHz 3130 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
Process 7 nanometers 5 nanometers
Transistor count - 15.3 billion
TDP 6 W 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G77 MP8 Mali-G78 MP24
Architecture Valhall Valhall 2
GPU frequency 700 MHz -
Execution units 8 24
Shading units 128 384
FLOPS 652 Gigaflops -
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 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 34.1 Gbit/s 44 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 16 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes AI accelerator
Storage type UFS 2.1, 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 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AAC, AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem Balong 5000 Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 24
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 1277 Mbps -
Upload speed Up to 177 Mbps -
Wi-Fi 5 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, NAVIC

Info

Announced April 2020 October 2020
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number Hi6290 -
Official page - HiSilicon Kirin 9000 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
3 (23.1%)
10 (76.9%)
Total votes: 13

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 9000 and Kirin 985, or ask any questions