Exynos 9820 vs Kirin 980

We compared two 8-core processors: Samsung Exynos 9820 (with Mali G76 MP12 graphics) and HiSilicon 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.


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 Samsung Exynos 9820
  • Shows better (up to 6%) AnTuTu 9 score – 514K vs 484K
  • Better instruction set architecture
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size than the Exynos 9820
  • Higher GPU frequency (~20%)
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 8 nm)
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Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
CPU 137896 142989
GPU 168522 148351
Memory 87607 83790
UX 119778 108898
Total score 514646 484249

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 980 +8%
Image compression 108.7 Mpixels/s 124.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 20.7 images/s 20.4 images/s
Speech recognition 46.8 words/s 47.9 words/s
Machine learning 47.9 images/s 49.9 images/s
Camera shooting 17.2 images/s 23.3 images/s
HTML 5 1.95 Mnodes/s 2.4 Mnodes/s
SQLite 608.5 Krows/s 655 Krows/s


A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
Stability 82% 48%
Graphics test 19 FPS 14 FPS
Score 3223 2490


Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 56 FPS
Call of Duty: Mobile - 39 FPS
Fortnite - 28 FPS
Shadowgun Legends - 51 FPS
World of Tanks Blitz - 60 FPS
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 60 FPS
Device - Huawei Nova 5T
1080 x 2340
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.


Full list of technical specifications of Exynos 9820 and Kirin 980


Architecture 2x 2.7 GHz – Mongoose
2x 2.3 GHz – Cortex-A75
4x 1.9 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 2700 MHz 2600 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8.2-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 192 KB 512 KB
L2 cache 1 MB 512 KB
L3 cache 2 MB 4 MB
Process 8 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count - 6.9 billion
TDP 9 W 6 W


GPU name Mali G76 MP12 Mali G76 MP10
Architecture Bifrost Bifrost
GPU frequency 600 MHz 720 MHz
Execution units 12 10
Shading units 192 160
FLOPS 652 Gigaflops 691 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 12


Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 31.1 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 3840 x 2400 3120 x 1440
Max camera resolution 1x 24MP, 2x 16MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 150FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 8K at 30FPS, 4K at 150FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV


Modem Exynos 5100 -
4G support LTE Cat. 20 LTE Cat. 21
5G support Yes No
Download speed Up to 2000 Mbps Up to 1400 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 316 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0


Announced November 2018 August 2018
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number S5E9820 -
Official page Samsung Exynos 9820 official site HiSilicon Kirin 980 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
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Total votes: 428


Please give your opinion on the comparison of Kirin 980 and Exynos 9820, or ask any questions
Some TECH Guy 04 March 2021 16:42
Exynos CPUs tend to cpu throttle after 3-4 minutes of intensive work, from 100% of its power it uses 60-70% after that point, so basically if you have an exynos cpu you are an insane bottleneck (temperature) and you have been scammed by samsung (cause they sell the Snapdragon version which is WAAAY better) meanwhile kirin processors are fine without issues, so if you are looking for a s10 device or a p30,nova 5t, mate 20, honor 20 then choose huawei in that case, even custom roms and custom kernels cant fix one of the most biggest exynos problems they have been carrying within the last years
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sugoma 01 April 2022 05:35
or maybe its integrated GPU is just really bad or the 9820 is super bad that it bottlenecks its own GPU
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Tanmaya Puri 18 December 2020 12:03
HiSilicon Kirin 980 is much better than Samsung Exynos 9820. I have used Huawei P30 Pro as well as Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. I will pick the P30 Pro any day.
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