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Exynos 980 vs Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820

Exynos 980 vs Exynos 9820 vs Exynos 9825: What’s the Difference?

Samsung’s Exynos 980 processor has a 5G modem built-in

Recently Samsung launched a 5G compatible chipset by the name Exynos 980. This chip is all about ensuring 5G connectivity for future phones of Samsung. Now, how does Exynos 980 fair against the likes of Exynos 9820 and Exynos 9825? These are flagship chipset offerings from Samsung. So let’s have a detailed look at the similarities and the differences between these three.

Exynos 980 vs Exynos 9820 vs Exynos 9825

Here’s the comparison specifications table to find out Samsung chipsets differences.

SpecsExynos 980Exynos 9820Exynos 9825
CPUDual Core 2.2GHz + Hexa Core 1.8GHzDual Core 2.8GHz + Dual Core 2.4GHz + Quad Core 1.7GHzDual Core 2.7 GHz + Dual Core 2.4 GHz + Quad Core 1.4GHz
GPUMali-G76 MP5ARM Mali-G76 MP12ARM Mali-G76 MP12
Process8nm FinFET8nm LPP FinFET7nm EUV
RAMLPDDR4xLPDDR4xLPDDR4x
DisplayWQHD+ (3360x1440)WQUXGA (3840x2400),
4K UHD (4096x2160)
WQUXGA (3840x2400),
4K UHD (4096x2160)
StoargeUFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1UFS 3.0, UFS 2.1UFS 3.0, UFS 2.1
Single CameraUp to 108MPRear 22MP, Front 22MPRear 22MP, Front 22MP
Dual Camera20MP+20MP16MP+16MP16MP+16MP
Video4K UHD 120fps encoding and decoding with HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP98K 30fps or 4K UHD 150fps
encoding and decoding with
10-bit HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP9
8K 30fps or 4K UHD 150fps
encoding and decoding with
10-bit HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP9
ChargingAdaptive Fast ChargeAdaptive Fast ChargeAdaptive Fast Charge
Modem5G NR Sub-6GHz 2.55Gbps (DL) /
1.28Gbps (UL),
EN-DC 3.55Gbps (DL) / 1.38Gbps (UL),
LTE Cat.16 5CA 1Gbps (DL) / Cat.18 2CA 200Mbps (UL)
LTE-Advanced Pro Cat.20 8CA
2Gbps (DL) / Cat.20 3CA
316Mbps (UL)
LTE-Advanced Pro Cat.20 8CA
2Gbps (DL) / Cat.20 3CA
316Mbps (UL)

CPU

If we look at the built of the Exynos 980, we have two Cortex-A77 cores clocked @ 2.2 GHz, and six other cores clocked @ 1.8 GHz. Moving on to the Exynos 9820, we see two Mongoose M4 cores clocked @ 2.73 GHz, two Cortex-A75 cores clocked @ 2.31 GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.9 GHz. We see something similar with the Exynos 9825 too, as there are two Mongoose M4 cores clocked @ 2.73 GHz, two Cortex-A75 cores clocked @ 2.4 GHz and the other four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.9 GHz here.

Process

The Exynos 980 and 9820 are built on an 8nm node while the Exynos 9825 goes a step ahead here with a 7nm node. In terms of results in CPU performance, most of the tests put 9825 ahead of 9820 with 980 at proximity.

GPU

The main difference between the 980 and the older two chipsets lies in the GPU department. On the 980 we see a capable but dated Mali-G76 MP5 GPU, while on the other processors we have the top of the line updated Mali-G76 MP12 GPU on board. However, the difference will be evident only in intense gaming sessions with high graphics demanding games. All three of the processors have support for OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12, Vulkan 1.1 and OpenGL ES 3.2.

Display

These are all processors for smartphones so let’s take a look at what each of them provides in the department of Display. Both the Exynos 9820 and 9825 supports UHD+ display at a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels. While the Exynos 980 supports WQHD+ display at a resolution of 1440 x 3360 pixels with support for HDR10+ content. So 9820 and 9825 has a slight advantage in the display department.

Storage

They are all similar in terms of storage as all three of them have support for eMMC 5.1 and UFS 2.1 storage. All of them can drive up to LPPDR4X RAM. So there is nothing to differentiate in the storage department.

Camera

The Exynos 980 supports a whooping 108MP single sensor or a dual 20MP+20MP sensors setup support. This is in view of Samsung latest launch of their 108MP camera sensor. So the Exynos 980 is all about pixel sizes. For the older Exynos 9820 and 9825, we see a single 22MP sensor support or a dual 16MP + 16MP setup support. The Exynos 980 pulls ahead in this category.

Connectivity

Again the main idea behind the Exynos 980 is its support for 5G connectivity. It provides 2.55 Gbps upload speed and 1.28 Gbps upload speed. It features a 5G modem built-in so definitely we will see better results than a processor that only has support till LTE. The Exynos 9820 and Exynos 9825 also provides a download speed of 2 GBps and upload speed of 316 MBps but only in with an LTE modem. They can be integrated with an additional Exynos 5100 5G modem if there is a need for 5G, but it is not built into them and comes in separately. Additionally, we have the other connectivity options like Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1 and WiFi 802.11a/b/g in all three of them.

Benchmarks

In terms of single-core, the Exynos 9820 scores 4,474 points and the Exynos 9825 scores 4,533 points in Geekbench. And in terms of multi-core, the Exynos 9820 scores 10,242 points while the Exynos 9825 just clips ahead with 10,611 points in Geekbench. In Antutu, Exynos 9820 scores 3,62,292 points while the Exynos 9825 goes ahead here too with 4,42,568 points.

Unfortunately, the Exynos 980 is not yet available on any device out there so it is not possible to compare it’s scored with the other two. We will have to wait a while to see how the Exynos 980 fairs up against these two flagships.

Which one is the Best Processor?

On paper, it is quite clear that the Exynos 980 might be a new processor with a built-in modem, but it is still not good enough to go against the likes of Exynos 9820 and Exynos 9825. In terms of overall performance though, the Exynos 9825 is the clear winner, all thanks to its 7nm built and higher clocked cores. The Exynos 9820 comes in as a close second followed by the Exynos 980.

About Sagar Choudhury

He is a journalist at DealNTech. He writes on general Android related tech news. He contributes in other categories too. He was working for many other publications. Now a proud member of DealNTech team. He is also a good programmer and web designer. Email: sagar@dealntech.com

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