Kirin 985 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 985 (with Mali-G77 MP8 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 985
  • Announced 1-year and 8-months later
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (34.1 against 31.78 GB/s)
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Shows better (up to 4%) AnTuTu 9 score – 485K vs 467K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
467984
Kirin 980 +4%
485529
CPU 141978 140916
GPU 139038 143456
Memory 78161 83772
UX 107093 115457
Total score 467984 485529

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
695
Kirin 980 +1%
699
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 985 +4%
2582
2481
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

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
2133
Kirin 980 +17%
2489
Stability 97% 48%
Graphics test 12 FPS 14 FPS
Score 2133 2489

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 56 FPS
[Ultra]
Call of Duty: Mobile - 39 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite - 28 FPS
[High]
Shadowgun Legends - 51 FPS
[Ultra]
World of Tanks Blitz - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device - 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 985 and Kirin 980

CPU

Architecture 1x 2.58 GHz – Cortex-A76
3x 2.4 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.84 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 2580 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-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 6 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G77 MP8 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Valhall Bifrost
GPU frequency 700 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 8 10
Shading units 128 160
FLOPS 652 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) Yes Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0 UFS 3.0
Max display resolution 3120 x 1440 3120 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 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem Balong 5000 -
4G support LTE Cat. 22 LTE Cat. 21
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 1277 Mbps Up to 1400 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 177 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS

Info

Announced April 2020 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number Hi6290 -
Official page - HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
274 (39.3%)
424 (60.7%)
Total votes: 698

Comments

Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 980 and Kirin 985, or ask any questions
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Hamzah 19 February 2021 13:04
Kirin 985 supports 5G but it actually downloads and uploads SLOWER THAN THE ONE WHICH DOESNT?!!!! WHAT?!
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