Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 980 vs Exynos 9810

The War of processors have begun again and is heating up with a new player in town which is the Huawei’s Hi-Silicon Kirin 980 which is the new kid around the block and is challenging the well-established Snapdragons and Exynos of this year. The Kirin 980 is the successor of the Kirin 970 which can be found in the latest Huawei P20 pro. While the Snapdragon 845 powers most of the 2018 Android flagships and the Exynos 9810 can be seen under the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy S9/S9+.

The Kirin 980 is the world’s first SoC to be based on the new and powerful Cortex-A 76 architecture, which improves a lot on single core performance. And we can see that the Kirin 980 scores higher than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 but is on par with the Exynos 9810. Means the Cortex-A-76 is as good as Samsung’s Mongoose M3? Day-to-day tasks will be a breeze on these phones and so will be gaming, but still moving ahead with the specs these three top of the line processors are based on are given below in the table, along with their single and multi-core performance.

Snapdragon 845 vs Kirin 980 vs Exynos 9810

Kirin 980 vs Snapdragon 845

However, the Kirin 980 is the most power efficient processor here among the trio, with the another world’s first chip to be based on the 7nm manufacturing process, which means this will be very power efficient but still will churn out similar or better performance compared to its rivals that’s the Exynos and Snapdragon 845 both of which are based on 10nm. So, 32% more power efficient and 22% greater performance over the Snapdragon 845. So, in pure raw power, the Hi-Silicon Kirin 980 annihilates the Snapdragon 845.

ProcessorSnapdragon 845Kirin 980Exynos 9810
CPU4 Kryo 385 Gold Cortex-A75 Cores 2.8 GHz & 4 Kryo 385 Silver Cortex-A55 Cores 1.7 GHz2 Cores Cortex-A76 2.6GHz
2 Cores Cortex-A76 1.92GHz
4 Cores Cortex-A5 1.8GHz
Octa-core 4 Cores 2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4 Cores 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55
GPUAdreno 640 850MHz+, 550 gflop/s+Mali-G76 GPU 20% better compared to Mali-G72Mali-G72 MP18 850 MHz
ModemX20 LTE 800mbps to 1GbpsLTE Cat.21 1.4 GbpsCat.18/13 LTE 1.2 Gbps
Manufacturing process10nm7nm10 nm
Average Geek-bench 4.0 Benchmarks
(Benchmarks varies as per different phones)
Single-Core: 2429

Multi-Core: 8451
Single-Core: 3389

Multi-Core: 8992
Single Core: 3668

Multi-Core: 9002
Popular Smartphones using itAll 2018 FlagshipsXiaomi Mi 8 SE, Mi Max 3?Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9
Quick ChargeQuick Charge 4+Huawei's Proprietary fast chargingAdaptive fast charging
Gaming PerformanceExcellentExcellentExcellent
Everyday Task Handling10/1010/1010/10
Power usage8.6/108.9/108.7/10

Moving ahead, most apps are optimized for single core performance, and it is what matters the most here. However, there’s new trick nowadays all smartphones come with, and it’s called AI and the Kirin 980 here dominated the two by using the highly capable NPU under its hood which is capable of performing operations and scanning or recognition� 4500 images per minute which is 120% better than the Kirin 970 and 40% then the other two. Another win for Kirin 980 with it’s highly capable Artificial Intelligence engine.

Also, the LTE speeds on the Kirin are higher with Cat.21 LTE which has a max performance of 1.4Gbps compared to the 1.2 Gbps of the other two. However, in real life scenarios, this is not possible yet until 5G shows up everywhere which is not happening before the end of 2019.

GPU Battle

Kirin 980 vs Snapdragon 845

Coming towards the GPU side of things, which is necessary for flawlessly playing PUBG, the Kirin 980 has the pedigree with the powerful Mali-G76 GPU which has 30% more performance density when compared to the Exynos 9810’s Mali-G72 while is on par or slightly better than the Adreno 630. The Adreno 640 is still the most powerful GPU here.

However, Huawei plans to close the gap within the Adreno 640 and Mali G-76 by implementing its revolutionary GPU turbo technology, which will be delivered via a Software Update to the smartphones arriving with the Kirin 980.

Shivam has been working as a Tech journalist since 2014. He has worked at many Tech news blogs and Amazon India after that he joined TheLeaker in 2017 as a staff writer and now he’s an editor on the portal. When he is not working, you can find him playing games and listening to pop music. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter and can also contact him via email at [email protected]

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