Comparison of A12, SNAPDRAGON 855, KIRIN 980 &  EXYNOS 9820 Chipsets

 When you want to get a true sense of how fast a phone will work, use these rankings with a pinch of salt. Performance is not just hardware, it also matters how optimized the software is.

Apple A12

A12 Bionic, also known as Apple H11P (engineering name) is a 64-bit hexa-core ARM performance mobile SoC introduced by Apple in late 2018 as a successor to the A11. It is codenamed Cyprus. Fabricated on TSMC 7 nm process and integrating 6.9 billion transistors, the A12 features two big Vortex cores operating at up to 2.4 GHz along with four little Tempest high-efficiency cores. Apple claims the big cores are up to 15% faster than the one in the A11 while being up to 40% more efficient. For the four high-efficiency cores, Apple claims up to 50% higher efficiency. Note that all six cores can operate concurrently. It first appeared in the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and 2019 versions of the iPad Air and iPad Mini. Apple states that the two high-performance cores are 15% faster and 50% more energy-efficient than the Apple A11's, and the four high-efficiency cores use 50% less power than the A11's. It is the first mass-market system on a chip to be built on the 7nm node.

 

 

Qualcomm SNAPDRAGON 855 

Snapdragon 855 is a high-performance 64-bit ARM LTE system on a chip designed by Qualcomm and introduced in late 2018. Fabricated on TSMC 7nm process, the 855 features four Kryo 485 Silver high-efficiency cores operating at 1.8 GHz along with three high-performance Kryo 485 Gold operating at 2.42 GHz and another higher-performance Kryo 485 Gold core operating at 2.84 GHz. The Snapdragon 855 integrates the Adreno 640 GPU operation at 600 MHz and features an X24 LTE modem supporting Cat 20 uplink and Cat 20 downlink. This chip supports up to 16 GiB of quad-channel LPDDR4X-4266 memory. The Snapdragon 855 can be paired with Qualcomm's X50 5G modem (an external chip) and an RF front-end interface chip (RFFE) to bring 5G NR, sub-6 GHz, and mmWave, support.

Huawei KIRIN 980

Kirin 980 is a 64-bit high-performance mobile ARM LTE SoC designed by HiSilicon and introduced in late 2018. Fabricated on TSMC's 7 nm process, the 980 incorporates four big Cortex-A76 cores operating at up to 2.6 GHz along with four little Cortex-A55 cores operating at up to 1.8 GHz. This SoC has an LTE modem supporting 1.4 Gbps download (Cat21), incorporates an ARM Mali-G76, and supports LPDDR4X-4266 memory.

Samsung  EXYNOS 9820

Exynos 9820 is a 64-bit octa-core ARM high-performance mobile system on a chip designed by Samsung and introduced in early 2019. The processor is fabricated on Samsung's 8nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET process and features 8 cores in a tri-cluster configuration consisting of 2 Mongoose 4 big cores and 2 Cortex-A75 middle cores and 4 Cortex-A55 little cores. This chip supports up to 12 GiB of quad-channel 16-bit LPDDR4X-3600 memory and incorporates a Mali-G76 MP12 GPU. The 9820 incorporates an LTE modem supporting cat 20 download and upload.

 

Comparison of A12, SNAPDRAGON 855, KIRIN 980 &  EXYNOS 9820 Chipsets

 

CRITERIA

A12

SNAPDRAGON 855

KIRIN 980

 EXYNOS 9820

Brand associated

 Apple

Qualcomm Huawei Samsung
Launch Date Announced

 12 Sep, 2018

 

 4 Dec 2018

21 Aug 2018

14 Nov 2018

 Core Count

8

8

Core name(s) 

2 X Vortex

4 X Tempest 

1 X Kryo 485 Gold

3 X Kryo 485 Gold

4 X Kryo 485 Silver 

2 X Cortex A76

2 X Cortex A76

4 X Cortex A55

2 X Exynos M4

2 X Exynos A75

4 X Exynos A55

 Core frequency

2 X Core(2.5 GHz)

4 X Core(1.6 GHz) 

2 X Core(2.8 GHz)

2 X Core(2.4 GHz)

4 X Core(1.8 GHz)

2 X Core(2.6 GHz)

2 X Core(1.9 GHz)

4 X Core(1.8 GHz)

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Fabrication    7nm  7nm  7nm 8nm
GPU  4-Core Apple GPU @ 1100 MHz  Aderno 640 20% faster than Aderno 630   10-Core Mali-G76 @ 720 MHz 12-Core Mali-G76 @ 720 MHz
NPU  Single  Single  Dual Single
Memory Type  

LPDDR4X ; 64-bit ; 2-channel   

LPDDR4X ; 64-bit ; 8-channel 

LPDDR4X ; 64-bit ; 4-channel

LPDDR4X ; 64-bit ; 4-channel

Memory speed 

2133 MHz 

2133 MHz 

2133 MHz

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Maximum Memory size 

unknown 

16 GB 

8 GB

12 GB

Storage type 

NVMe 

UFS 3.0

UFS 2.0

eMMC 5.1 

UFS 2.1

UFS 3.0

UFS 2.1

Display supported 

4K HDR 

4K HDR  

4K HDR 

4K HDR 

Video playback support 

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8K UHD 

8K 360  VR

8K @120fps 

4K @60fps

8K @30fps

4K @150fps

 Camera supported

Dual 12MP

Single 12MP 

 Dual 20MP

Single 32MP 

 

Dual 40MP+ 20MP

Single 40MP 

 Dual 16MP

Single 22MP 

Video Capture

4K UHD HDR @60fps

4K port.vid.record

1080p @240fps Slo-Mo

4K UHD HDR @60fps

4K port.vid.record

720p @480fps Slo-Mo

4K @30fps

8K @30fps

4k @150fps

LTE category

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Cat-20 DL

Cat-20 DL

Cat-21 DL

Cat-18 DL

Cat-20 DL

Cat-20 DL

Peak download speed

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2 Gbps DL

1.4 Gbps DL

2 Gbps DL

Peak upload speed

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316 Mbps UL

200 Mbps UL

316 Mbps UL

Wifi spectral bands

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2.4 GHz

5 GHz

60 GHz

2.4 GHz

5 GHz

2.4 GHz

5 GHz

Bluetooth

5.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

Battery Charging Technology

USB-PD (15W+)

Quick charge 4+ (18W)

USB-PD (27W)

Huawei Supercharge (40W)

A.F.C. (18W)

Quick Charge 2.0 (18W)

 

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