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Exynos 980 vs Kirin 820

We compared two 8-core processors: Samsung Exynos 980 (with Mali G76MP5 graphics) and Hisilicon Kirin 820 (Mali G-57 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 820
  • Announced 7 months later
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2200 MHz)
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (7 versus 8 nm)
  • Performs 13% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows better (up to 14%) AnTuTu 8 score – 378K vs 332K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
698
651
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
1872
Kirin 820 +34%
2507
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
332384
Kirin 820 +14%
378861

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Exynos 980 and Kirin 820

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.2 GHz – Cortex-A77
6x 1.8 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 2200 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8.2-A
Process 8 nanometers 7 nanometers

Graphics

GPU name Mali G76MP5 Mali G-57 MP6
Architecture Bifrost Valhall
GPU frequency 720 MHz -
Cores 5 6
Number of ALUs 80 -
FLOPS 576 Gigaflops 652 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth - 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3360 x 1440 3360 x 1440
Max camera resolution 1x 108MP, 2x 20MP -
Video capture 4K at 120FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 120FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem Exynos 5123 Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 22
5G support Yes Yes
Download speed Up to 2550 Mbps Up to 1600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 1280 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.1
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced September 2019 March 2020
Class Mid range Mid range
Official page Samsung Exynos 980 official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
3 (21.4%)
11 (78.6%)
Total votes: 14

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