Kirin 820 vs Snapdragon 765G vs Exynos 980: Early benchmarks show Huawei's dominance over the mid-range

Kirin is king? (Source: Huawei)
Kirin is king? (Source: Huawei)
Huawei is touted to unveil the Kirin 820 in the near future, so how does it compare to the equivalent chipsets by Samsung and Qualcomm, the Exynos 980 and Snapdragon 765G. Very favorably, apparently.
Ricci Rox,

Huawei is set to launch its next-gen mid-range SoC, the Kirin 820, soon. The chipset will succeed the impressive Kirin 810 from last year, and is already making the rounds across benchmarks—destroying the competition while at it.

The Kirin 820 was already revealed to outperform the Kirin 980 on the Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro, and match up to the Snapdragon 855—and the SoC has now also been seen laying down the law to its current rivals, the Snapdragon 765G and Exynos 980.

In AnTuTu's CPU test, the Kirin 820-powered Honor 30S recorded a score of 130,080. That puts it at the top of the pile, with the Snapdragon 765G only managing to put up a score of 104,223. The Exynos 980, residing in the Vivo X30 Pro, earns a score of 116,836, better than the Snapdragon 765G but still about 11% worse than the Kirin 820.

In the GPU test, the Kirin 820 once again leads the pack with a score of 116,516. The Snapdragon 765G comes in second this time around, though, with a score of 92,536. The Exynos 980 is third, as it makes do with a score of 88,459. 

It's easy to see that the Kirin 820 takes the crown for this generation; although there's a dire lack of MediaTek's new Dimensity chipsets in this comparison. The Kirin 810 also outperformed the Snapdragon 730G last year, and the Kirin 820 can be expected to carry that mantle.

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Ricci Rox, 2020-03-25 (Update: 2020-03-25)
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