Exynos 9825 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus v Kirin 980 v Apple A12 Bionic: the 7nm war

It wasn’t long ago when we compared the best flagship chipsets from Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple, and Huawei. Now, a little over mid-way in 2019, we already have upgrades from the first two. Qualcomm recently launched the Snapdragon 855+ chipset. And now, Samsung has launched the Exynos 9825 SoC. While not much has changed from the previous generation, the new chipset is 7nm based, which brings it up to speed with everything else in the market. So, with all the brands having their flagship chipsets ready, let’s see which one offers the best 7nm processor out there.

Exynos 9825 vs Snapdragon 855+ v Kirin 980 v Apple A12 Bionic: Quick Comparison

Feature/Phone Snapdragon 855+ Samsung Exynos 9825 Apple A12 Bionic Huawei Kirin 980
Architecture 7nm 7nm 7nm 7nm
CPU 1x 2.96GHz, 3x 2.42GHz, 4x 1.80GHz Kyro 485 2xM4 2.73GHz + 2xCortex A75 2.4GHz + 4xCortex A55 1.95GHz 2×2.5GHz Vortex + 4×1.6GHz Tempest 2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 + 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 + 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55
GPU Adreno 640 Mali-G76 MP12 4-core Apple GPU Mali-G76 MP10
Camera support (single lens) 32MP 22MP 12MP 40MP
Camera support (dual lens) 20MP+20MP 16MP+16MP 12MP+12MP 40MP+20MP
Connectivity LTE Cat.20 LTE Cat.20 LTE Cat.16 LTE Cat.21
NPU on-board Yes Yes, Single Yes, Single Yes, Dual
5G Support Yes Yes No No
Smartphones ASUS ROG Phone 2, Black Shark 2 Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (expected) Apple iPhone Xs/Xs Max/Xr Huawei P30 Pro, Honor View 20

Exynos 9825 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus v Kirin 980 v Apple A12 Bionic: Performance

In terms of performance, Snapdragon seems to be winning this bout. Not only does it have the fastest performing power cores, but its secondary cores are also running at a higher frequency. Even in benchmarks, the Snapdragon 855 Plus has shown how powerful it really is. As for the Exynos 9825, while we don’t have any numbers so far, the chipset doesn’t seem like a slouch either. If you’re an Apple fan, don’t be disheartened. While the numbers might be lower as compared to the competition, the A12 Bionic still remains a kick-ass processor that does give Snapdragon a run for its money. Last but definitely not the least, the Kirin 980 isn’t a bad processor, and still matches up to the performance of the Snapdragon 855.

Exynos 9825 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus v Kirin 980 v Apple A12 Bionic: Camera

In terms of photography, not much has changed from the last comparison. When it comes to the camera, the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor brings a lot of improvements and new features. It makes use of the Spectra 380 Image Sensor that can support a 32MP single camera. However, it does fall behind Kirin 980, which actually support a single sensor of up to 40MP. Both the sensors actually go neck-to-neck in terms of recording as well. Snapdragon 855 Plus can do 4K HDR video capture with live portrait mode. However, the same feature also exists on the Kirin 980, which has been shown on the Mate 20 Pro. As for Samsung, the Exynos 9825 cares about numbers, and that is quite evident. The Exynos 9825 is said to support encoding and decoding of 8K videos at 30fps. However, if you’re a fan of 4K recording, the chipset also supports 4K UHD @150fps.

Exynos 9825 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus v Kirin 980 v Apple A12 Bionic: Availability

Thanks to its age, the Kirin 980 is the only processor on this list to be featured by a plethora of smartphones already in the market. The chipset is present in plenty of Huawei and Honor flagships. As for Apple, the 2018 iPhone range sports the A12 Bionic. If you’re a Snapdragon fan, a lot of companies have already announced to be working on their devices that will sport the Snapdragon 855 Plus. However, most of them would be gaming-oriented, so there’s that. Lastly, the Exynos 9825 is expected to be sported on the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 series, and maybe on the S11 next year.

Exynos 9825 vs Snapdragon 855 Plus v Kirin 980 v Apple A12 Bionic: upgrades are still coming…

While Qualcomm and Samsung have announced their new chipsets, it is but obvious that these are minor tweaks from the last-gen. It is safe to assume that we should still expect new hardware by the end of this year. And these two aren’t the only brands tipped to launch new chipsets. Huawei is already working on Kirin 985, and we should see the chipset later this year in the Mate 30 Pro. As for Apple, the iPhone XI series should bring around the A13 chipset. We will be doing another comparison later this year, so make sure to stay tuned to Mr. Phone.

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