Snapdragon 855 vs Exynos 9820 vs A12 Bionic vs Kirin 980: Battle of Best Chipset

All the flagship chipset has been launched in the market and its the right time to know which one performs better than the rest. We have all the needed information to compare so let’s dive into it decide who gets the crown.

Specifications That Matters

SoCSnapdragon 855A12 BionicKirin 980Exynos 9820
Manufacturing Process7nm TSMC7nm TSMC 7nm TSMC8nm LPP Samsung
CPU1x Kryo 485 Gold
@ 2.84GHz 1x512KB pL2

3x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative)
@ 2.42GHz 3x256KB pL2

4x Kryo 485 Silver (A55 derivative)
@ 1.80GHz 4x128KB pL2
2 × Vortex @ 2.5GHz
4 × Tempest @ 1.59GHz
2x A76 @ 2.60 GHz
2x A76 @ 1.92 GHz
@ 512KB L2's

4x A55 @ 1.80 GHz
@ 128KB L2's
2x M4? @ ? GHz
It does have L2

2x Cortex A75 @ ? GHz
Probably L2

4x Cortex A55 @ ? GHz
Let's hope it has L2
GPUAdreno 640 @ ?MHz 4-core "G11P" @ >~1.1GHz
ARM Mali-G76MP10
@ 720 MHz
Mali G76MP12
DisplayUp to 4K HDR 60fps On-Device,
HDR10, HDR10+
Up to 4K HDR 60fps On-Device, HDR 10 Up to 4K HDR 60fps On-Device, HDR 10Up to 4K HDR 60fps On-Device, HDR 10
RAM4x 16-Bit LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz (34.1Gbps)Single-Channel 64-Bit LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz (34.1Gbps) 4x 16-Bit LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz (31.78Gbps) Single-Channel 64-Bit LPDDR4X
StorageUFS 3.0, UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1 NVMeUFS 2.1UFS 3.0, UFS 2.1
Cameradual-20MP Camera or
Single 32MP Camera
12MP+12MP Dual-Camera SupportISP 4.0 with Triple-Camera Support,16+16MP Dual-Camera, 22MP Single Front Camera, 22MP Single Rear Camera;
Video4K 60fps Video Recording, 4K HDR10+ Video Recording, 4K HDR10 Portrait Video Recording, 720p 480fps Slow-Motion Video Recording4K 60fps Video Recording, 1080p 240fps Slow-Motion Video Recording; 4K 30fps Video Recording; Multi-Frame Image Stacking, 8K 30fps Video Recording or 4K 150fps Video Recording with 10-Bit HEVC,
DSP / NPUHexagon 690 Second-Generation Octa-Core Neural Engine, 5 Trillion OPSDedicated Dual-Core HiAI NPU Integrated NPU
ModemIntegrated X24 LTE (2Gbps DL, 316Mbps UL), Optional 5G Modem (X50)Intel 7560 4G LTE Modem, 4×4 MIMOIntegrated Hi1103 4G LTE Modem (1.4Gbps DL, 200Mbps UL)Integrated Shannon Cat. 20 4G LTE Modem (2Gbps, 316Mbps UL), Option 5G Modem
Bluetooth & NFC5.0, NFC Supported5.0, NFC Supported5.0, NFC Supported5.0, NFC Supported
Charging TechnologyQuick Charge 4+ (18W) or USB-PD (27W)USB-PD (15W+)Huawei SuperCharge (40W)Adaptive Fast Charge (18W) or Quick Charge 2.0 (18W)

CPU: Snapdragon 855 vs Exynos 9820 vs A12 Bionic vs Kirin 980

Qualcomm is utilizing 1+3+4 cluster tri cluster octa-core CPU while Apple is using 24 cluster CPU and Huawei and Samsung are using 2+2+4 tri cluster CPUs. Qualcomm is using their own A76 derivate Kryo 485 gold CPU cores while Samsung is using their own developed Mongoose M4 core. Huawei is using A76 cores to achieve maximum speed.

If you ask me, Qualcomm is using the best possible solution to achieve the best speed from the cores in single core and multi-core.

GPU: Snapdragon 855 vs Exynos 9820 vs A12 Bionic vs Kirin 980

In terms of GPU, Apple’s A12 Bionic chip is leading the market. Snapdragon 855 comes close to it and Mali GPU’s in Exynos 9820 and Kirin 980 comes third and fourth respectively.

Memory: Snapdragon 855 vs Exynos 9820 vs A12 Bionic vs Kirin 980

Apple’s own integrated NVMe memory is faster than the UFS 2.1 storage which is supported in Kirin 980. We haven’t seen any device running UFS 3.0 storage so its yet to see how this will improve the read-write storage. We are expecting Samsung to introduce UFS 3.0 storage with Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup.

Geekbench Scores: (Single Core – Multi-Core)

Snapdragon 855:

3413 – 10256 (Samsung Galaxy S10)      3497 – 12801 (Sony Xperia XZ4)

Exynos 9820:

4472 – 10387 (Samsung Galaxy S10)

A12 Bionic:

4777 – 11432 (iPhone Xs Max)

Kirin 980:

3639 – 9892  (Huawei Mate 20 Pro)

Antutu Score:

Snapdragon 855:

360444 (Qualcomm Test Device)      368480 (Lenovo Z5 Pro GT)

Exynos 9820:

325067 (Samsung Galaxy S10)

A12 Bionic:

354808 (iPhone Xs Max)

Kirin 980:

309569 (Huawei Mate 20 Pro)


  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and Apple’s A12 Bionic Chip are both equally powerful and Geekbench and Antutu score shows the same.
  • While the Exynos 9820 and Kirin 980 falls behind both the chipset but still can do perform pretty good in real life.

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