The quest for speed among chipset manufacturers has been in action for a long time now. Qualcomm and Kirin were one of the first ones to manufacture a 7nm chipset for smartphones, but now Samsung has also joined this league of 7nm chipsets with their latest flagship chipset Exynos 9825. The latest 7nm offering from Qualcomm is the Snapdragon 855 Plus and the one from HiSilicon is the Kirin 980 seen on the latest Huawei flagship devices. How does these three fair against each other in different areas, let’s find out.
Snapdragon 855 Plus vs Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980
In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 855 Plus on paper looks the most promising, especially because of it’s faster performing power cores working together with highly clocked secondary cores. This gives the snapdragon a lead ahead of the others in terms of benchmark scores for both single and multi-core testing.
Catching on to the snapdragon is the Exynos 9825, whose benchmark scores are not yet, but are expected to lie closely between the 855 Plus and the 980. Yes, the Kirin 980 does fall short of the Snapdragon beast in terms of numbers, but in real life usage, the difference is not even evident. It gives the Snapdragon 855 Plus an absolute run for its money, especially considering the fact that it was launched even before the Snapdragon 855 came into the market, let alone the 855 Plus. So HiSilicon’s answer to the 855 Plus is something to watch out for in the future.
The 855 plus comes with Spectra 380 image sensor for optical performance and supports upto a single 32 MP shooter. The Kirin 980 here has an edge over the Snapdragon 855 Plus as it can support a single 40MP sensor. Qualcomm boasts about the ability of the Snapdragon 855 Plus to capture HDR 4K videos with live portrait, but it is something already done and used by consumers of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro which comes with the Kirin 980.
However, Samsung with their Exynos 9825 goes for the kill in the camera department as it allows for encoding and decoding of 8K videos in 30 fps. 8K recording on mobile is quite a rare thing to acquire but do we need it on a smartphone, or just 4K is enough? Well if 4K is what you are looking for, the Exynos 9825 supports 4K UHD recording at 150 fps. 150 fps 4K video will be an absolute treat to watch and record in a smartphone.
The Kirin 980 is the oldest one among the bunch so we have a series of flagship series offerings from both Huawei and Honor which comes with the Kirin 980. Undoubtedly this the one among the three, which is more commonly available in the market. As per your other requirements, you can just pick up the perfect Huawei or Honor Kirin 980 phone for yourself.
The choice becomes a bit tricky when it comes to 855 plus. Yes, there is a huge list of devices featuring the Snapdragon 855 which is a minor downgrade from the Snapdragon 855 Plus, but the area of several choice increases as a huge number of brands go for Qualcomm as their processor manufacturer for all their devices.
The Snapdragon 855 plus is the best Qualcomm has on offer but it is still relatively new, as of now we don’t see an 855 plus phone but reports and leaks have suggested that we will see a couple of Snapdragon 855 Plus phones in 2019, but all of them are found to be gaming devices. Now gaming devices can get bulky and heavy as their main purpose is gaming. It may even lack in the camera department which is a bummer for many. So to see a proper flagship with the 855 plus, we might have to wait a couple of months as nothing concrete about such a phone has come up recently.
Lastly, we have the Exynos 9825 which is the newest one among the bunch, is launched by Samsung in the Indian variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. It will probably be the processor we see on the Samsung Galaxy S11 next year.
The 855 Plus is just a minor tweak to the previous generation Snapdragon 855 and the Exynos 9825 is also the same last generation tweak from Samsung. This means that we have a Snapdragon 865 on the table here in 2019. And the same goes for Samsung, as rumours have come in about a processor that Samsung has been working on for quite a while now. The most definite update among the three is the update over the Kirin 980. HiSilicon manufactured the Kirin 980 quite a while ago now, and the Mate 20 Pro was the first device to feature it. Now there are reports about the next Kirin flagship from HiSilicon, that is the Kirin 985, which is probably what we see on the Mate 30 Pro launching late this year.
Which one is the Best Processor?
It is difficult to choose the best as all of them trumps over the other in some department. So all of them have their strength, and ultimately it depends on the consumer as to what he/she expects to get out of their new smartphone.
|Snapdragon 855 Plus||Exynos 9825||Kirin 980|
|CPU||1x Kryo 485 Gold (custom Cortex-A76) @2.96GHz|
3x Kryo 485 Gold (custom Cortex-A76) @2.42GHz
4x Kryo 485 Silver (custom Cortex-A55) @1.80GHz
|2x Exynos M4 @2.73GHz |
2x Cortex A75 @2.4GHz
4x Cortex A55 @1.95GHz
|GPU||Adreno 640||Mali-G76 MP12||Mali-G76 MP10|
|Memory||2133MHz, 4x16bit, LPDDR4x||LPDDR4x||LPDDR4X @2133MHz|
|Camera (dual lens)||20MP+20MP||16MP+16MP||40MP+20MP|
|Camera (single lens)||32MP||22MP||40MP|
|NPU||Yes||Yes, Single||Yes, Dual|
|Storage||UFS 3.0, UFS 2.1||UFS 3.0, UFS 2.1||UFS 2.1|
|Connectivity||LTE Cat.20||LTE Cat.20||LTE Cat.21|