Exynos 9820 vs Exynos 9810 vs Kirin 980: Which One is Best?




Earlier this month, Samsung announced a new chip to compete with the new processor which are already launched or is about to launch. Samsung Exynos 9810 was a great chip but had some issue with the multicore performance, and because of a heat, the performance was dropping. Because the A55 cores were in a different cluster.  With the 9820 Samsung solves this problem.

Recently All chips are made on 7nm Technology while Samsung’s Exynos is made on 8nm Technology; which shouldn’t make a huge difference os significantly improves the performance.

Improvement Over Exynos 9810:

Samsung Exynos SoCs Specifications
SoC Exynos 9820 Exynos 9810
CPU 2x M4? @ ? GHz
It does have L22x Cortex A75 @ ? GHz
Probably L2

4x Cortex A55 @ ? GHz
Let’s hope it has L2

Shared complex L3 @ =>4MB

4x M3 @ 1c2.7 / 2c2.3 / 4c1.8 GHz
4x 512KB L2
4096KB L34x Cortex A55 @ 1.8 GHz
no L2
512KB L3
GPU Mali G76MP12 Mali G72MP18
4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4x @ ?MHz
4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4x @ 1794MHz
Media 8K30 & 4K150 encode & decode
H.265/HEVC, H.264, VP9
10bit 4K120 encode & decode
H.265/HEVC, H.264, VP9
Modem Shannon Integrated LTE
(Category 20/13)DL = 2000 Mbps
8x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 316 Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

Shannon Integrated LTE
(Category 18/13)DL = 1200 Mbps
6x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 200 Mbps
2x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

ISP Rear: 22MP
Front: 22MP
Dual: 16MP+16MP
Rear: 24MP
Front: 24MP
Dual: 16MP+16MP
8nm LPP
10nm LPP


Samsung said Exynos 9820 is a significant upgrade over the Exynos 9810. The new M4 cores are 20% faster than the last years M3 cores which also reduces the size as only two M4 core used in the new chip. The latest chip is 40% power efficient than the 9810 which is a great improvement. The Power efficiency of the 9820 is still less compared to the Kirin 980.

Kirin 980 vs Exynos 9820:

 Exynos 9820 Kirin 980
CPU2x M4? @ ? GHz
It does have L2

2x Cortex A75 @ ? GHz
Probably L2

4x Cortex A55 @ ? GHz
Let's hope it has L2

Shared complex L3 @ =>4MB
2x A76 @ 2.60 GHz
2x A76 @ 1.92 GHz
@ 512KB L2's

4x A55 @ 1.80 GHz
@ 128KB L2's

GPUMali G76 - 12 CoresARM Mali-G76 - 10 Cores
Memory4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4x @ ?MHz
4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz 34.1GB/s
Storage I/F UFS 3.0UFS 2.1
Media8K30 & 4K150 encode & decode
H.265/HEVC, H.264, VP9
2160p60 Decode
2160p30 Encode
ModemShannon Integrated LTE
(Category 20/13)

DL = 2000 Mbps
8x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

UL = 316 Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
Kirin 980 Integrated LTE
(Category 21/18)

DL = 1400 Mbps
4x4 MIMO
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
(5CA no MIMO)

UL = 200 Mbps
2x2 MIMO
1x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
Manufacturing Process8nm7nm

Benchmarks: Kirin 980 vs Exynos 9820 (Expected Geekebench Score)

Exynos 9810 Single core score is even higher than the Kirin 980 so it is obvious Exynos 9820 will beat the Kirin 980 in a single core geekbench score. The expected scores are shown in an image.

Kirin 980 performs much better in the Multi-Core score. It scores more than 10,000 in a multicore score coming close the Apple’s A12 Bionic. Samsung Exynos 9820 might cross the mark.

Samsung Exynos 9820 definitely performs better in the theory and on Expected benchmarks. This processor will be used in the upcoming S10 so let’s see how it performs in real life when it comes out.


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