Kirin 980 vs A12 Bionic chip

Huawei’s Kirin 980 claimed to beat Apple’s A12 Bionic

Huawei has a big ambition to enter the US market and spread globally, similar like Apple. The company already surpasses Apple and becomes the world’s number 2 smartphone vendor. This ambition is still going. Last week Huawei announced that their own chipsets, Kirin 980, will surpass Apple’s A12 Bionic. Apple’s A12 Bionic is the first 7nm FinFET chipset technology in the industry. Huawei already put out teasers that Kirin 980 will also use 7nm technology and has better performance.

My prediction this processor will be powering Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. From the leaked benchmark test, we can say it is pretty impressive for Android phones. It beats Samsung’s Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845. However, those processors are still using 10nm technology. We are pretty sure that Samsung does not want to be the last behind also. Samsung is also building its own 7nm Exynos chip. On the other hand, Huawei’s already claimed that its processor beats Apple seems not promising though. Its single-core score is way below Apple’s A11. The multi-core score is on par with last year’s iPhone X but below the iPhone Xs.

Additionally, iPhone Xs has less RAM than the others. This proves one of my point also that more RAM not always equals to better performance. It depends on the optimization. Although it is just leaked benchmark, we might see different results when the final software and hardware of Mate 20 finished. Just remember, benchmark not always reflects the real-life performance for the phone. Some phones might have good benchmark score but laggy in day to day usage. Mate 20 Pro is also rumored to have triple camera setup for DSLR-like photos and will use Android Pie 9.0 out-of-the-box. We will see if Huawei can live up to its dream of beating Apple.

Below is the comparison between A12 Bionic processor (left) and Kirin 980 (right).

iPhone Xs Max Geekbench benchmark
Kirin 980 benchmark score


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