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Snapdragon 855 vs Apple A12 Bionic vs Exynos 9820 vs Kirin 980

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With 2019, the smartphone market is getting hot on the brand new flashy SoCs coming out. While Apple’s A12 Bionic is already quite ahead of the competition, the Snapdragon 855, Kirin 980 and the Exynos 9820 are the three new SoCs in the market that seemed to have caught up.

In this article, we take a more in-depth look at the four SoCs.

Fabrication process

Except for Samsung, every manufacturer has moved on to a 7nm manufacturing process. The 7nm process allows for greater efficiency and better performance. Samsung uses its 8nm LPP process for manufacturing the Exynos 9820

Basically, the smaller the fabrication process, the more transistors you can fit in, hence better performance.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 vs Snapdragon 845: 3 improvementsWhile Snapdragon decided to go for an Octa-Core chipset, Apple is still using a dual cluster hexacore CPU. Huawei and Samsung are using octa-core CPUs as well.

The significant difference is that Huawei uses stock Cortex A-76 cores, while Samsung uses its homegrown Moongoose CPU cores.

Out of the bunch, Snapdragon’s implementation seems most efficient as the one higher clocked Kyro 485 Core can achieve maximum speed where single-threaded performance is necessary.

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GPU and Storage

In terms of graphics, the A12 Bionic wins hands down. The Snapdragon 855 comes close with its Adreno 640 GPU. Samsung and Huawei are third and fourth, respectively.iPhone XS vs iPhone XS Max vs iPhone XR: 10 similarities and differences

Apple also wins in the storage department. Using an integrated NVMe controller, Apple has managed the fastest read and write speeds. Samsung has made strides using UFS 3.0 in the S10, which puts it in close conjunction with Apple. Snapdragon lags slightly, and Huawei still has some catching up to do.


When it comes to the camera, Snapdragon wins. It can record 4k 60 FPS video in HDR10+ format. You can even record real-time 4k portrait videos.

Apple comes second, Samsung third, and Huawei is the weakest of the bunch.


Snapdragon and Apple have the fastest LTE modems on board. They both are 5G compatible and support multi-gigabit download speeds.

Surprisingly, in Bluetooth connectivity, Apple is the weakest, with support for only the AAC codec. Snapdragon wins the WiFi department.


The Kirin 980 wins out this one, with support for 40W charging by Huawei’s SuperCharge. Apple and Snapdragon come in a close second, with Samsung still stuck at 18W Adaptive FastCharge and Quick Charge 2.0+.

CategorySnapdragon 855A12 BionicKirin 980Exynos 9820
Manufacturing Process7nm7nm7nm8nm LPP
CPU1x Kryo 485 Gold @ 2.84GHz + 3x Kryo 485 Gold @ 2.42GHz + 4x Kryo 485 Silver @ 1.8GHz2x Vortex @ 2.5GHz + 4x Tempest @ 1.6GHz2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.6GHz + 2x Cortex-A76 @ 1.92GHz + 4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz2x Exynos M4 Mongoose + 2x Exynos M4 Mongoose + 4x Cortex-A55
GPUAdreno 640Apple Quad-Core GPUMali-G76 MP10Mali-G76 MP12
RAM4x 16-Bit LPDDR4X @ 1866MHzSingle-Channel 64-Bit LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz4x 16-Bit LPDDR4X @ 2133MHzSingle-Channel 64-Bit LPDDR4X
StorageUFS 3.0, UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1NVMeUFS 2.1UFS 3.0/UFS 2.1
ISP/CameraComputer Vision Dual-14-Bit Spectra 380 ISP; dual-20MP Camera or Single 32MP Camera; 4K 60fps Video Recording, 4K HDR10+ Video Recording, 4K HDR10 Portrait Video Recording, 720p 480fps12MP+12MP Dual-Camera Support; 4K 60fps Video Recording, 1080p 240fps Slow-Motion Video Recording; Depth Engine, Portrait Mode, Smart HDR Multi-Frame Image StackingISP 4.0 with Triple-Camera Support, 4K 30fps Video Recording; Multi-Frame Image Stacking, Portrait Mode16+16MP Dual-Camera, 22MP Single Front Camera, 22MP Single Rear Camera; 8K 30fps Video Recording or 4K 150fps Video Recording with 10-Bit HEVC, H.264, VP9
DSP/NPUHexagon 690Second-Generation Octa-Core Neural EngineDedicated Dual-Core HiAI NPUIntegrated NPU
LocationGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, Dual Frequency GNSSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, iBeacon MicrolocatorGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, Dual-Frequency GNSSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, GNSS
WiFiWi-Fi b/g/n/ac/ad/ay, Wi-Fi ax-Ready, Peak Speed: 10GbpsWi-Fi b/g/n/acWi-Fi b/g/n/acWi-Fi b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0, aptX, aptX HD, Qualcomm TrueWireless, Qualcomm AqsticBluetooth 5.0, AACBluetooth 5.0, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDACBluetooth 5.0, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
NFCNFC SupportedNFC SupportedNFC SupportedNFC Supported
ModemIntegrated X24 LTE (2Gbps DL, 316Mbps UL), 5G SupportIntel 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), 5G support
ChargingQuick Charge 4+ (18W)USB-PD (15W+)Huawei SuperCharge (40W)Adaptive Fast Charge (18W) / Quick Charge 2.0 (18W)

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

  • Looks like Kirin is the one to beat now. 980 already beat out A12 and SD855 even if it says different on paper. And now 985 is coming out. Better shape up Apple and Qualcomm.

    • “Looks like Kirin is the one to beat now” LMAO. The one to beat in what? charging? Kirin was never the best choice. Its straight out the worst processor among flagship phones. Just stating facts.

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