Chip Battle: Huawei’s Kirin 820 5G versus Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G

The Kirin 820 5G is the latest 5G mid-range processor. Announced last week and appearing first in the spanking new Honor 30S, this chipset is one of Huawei’s most powerful processor. For this edition of Chip Battle, we want to see how it measures up to another mid-range 5G chipset – the Snapdragon 765G.

CPU

The Kirin 820 5G is a 7nm chipset with a prime core (Cortex-A76) clocked at 2.36GHz and three performance cores (Cortex-A76) at 2.22GHz and four efficiency cores clocked at 1.84GHz.

For the Snapdragon 765G, we have a 7nm octa-core chipset, too, with a Kryo 475 Prime core (Cortex-A76) clocked at 2.4GHz, a Kryo 475 Gold core (Cortex-A76) clocked at 2.2GHz and six Kryo 475 Silver cores (Cortex-A55) clocked at 1.8GHz.

Just looking at the cores, one can see the Kirin 820 5G is the more powerful processor as it has four Cortex-A76 cores, whereas the Snapdragon 765G has just two. However, for more practical evidence, below are benchmark results from Geekbench.

 
As you can see, the Kirin 820 5G has significantly higher scores compared to the Snapdragon 765G (Redmi K30 5G).

Kirin 820 5G AnTuTu

Scores from AnTuTu are no different either as the Kirin 820 5G scored 130,080 points while the Snapdragon 765G scored 104,223 points.

GPU

The GPU of the Kirin 820 5G is a Mali-G57 with six cores, while that of the Snapdragon 765G is the Adreno 620. According to the AnTuTu benchmark result above, the Mali-G57 is a more powerful GPU as it scored 116,516 points in the benchmark result as against the Adreno 620, which scored 92,536 points.

In another AnTuTu test, the Kirin 820 5G scored 119,839 points (GPU), which is higher than the 93,977 points scored by the Snapdragon 765G-powered OPPO Reno3 Pro.

In the above benchmark result, the Honor 30S (Kirin 820 5G) doesn’t just floor the OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G (Snapdragon 765G) in CPU and GPU performance but also outshines it in the other areas. Yes, we know the AnTuTu version numbers are not the same, but even if they were, the Kirin 820 5G would still come out on top.

Others

In terms of connectivity, both processors support SA and NSA 5G networks. There is Bluetooth 5.0 on the Snapdragon 765G, while the Kirin 820 5G has Bluetooth 5.1. Concerning GPS, the Kirin 820 5G doesn’t support NavIC, unlike the Snapdragon 765G, which does.

Conclusion

The Kirin 820 5GKirin 820 5G is one of the most powerful processors Huawei has ever made, and no Qualcomm mid-range chipset can hold its own against it. However, we won’t be surprised if Qualcomm announces a new mid-range chipset later this year that surpasses the Kirin 820 5G. The San Diego-based semiconductor company is known for churning out new SoCs pretty frequently, and it most likely already has one on the horizon.

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