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Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 | How far have we come?

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Samsung is a technology company well known worldwide for a specific product, its smartphones, however, they also focus on creating one of the most important parts of these, the processors. Today we are going to compare three of them to see how the company has evolved, so welcome to this new Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 comparisons.

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – All The Differences You Need To Know!

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – Specifications (Specs) Sheet Comparison

SoCExynos 1080 Exynos 900Exynos 980
Release dateNovember 12, 2020October 24, 2020September 4, 2019
Process5nm EUV 7nm EUV 8nm
CPU1x ARM Cortex-A78 main high-performance core at @2.8GHz
3x ARM Cortex-A78 high-performance cores at @2.6GHz
4x ARM Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores at @2GHz
2x Mongoose 5th gen high-performance cores at @2.73GHz
2x Cortex-A76 mid-performance cores at @2.5GHz
4x Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores at @2GHz
2x Cortex-A77 high-performance cores at @2.2GHz
6x Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores at @1.8GHz
GPUARM Mali-G78 MP10 ARM Mali-G77 MP11 ARM Mali-G76 MP5
CameraSingle-camera up to 200MP
Dual-camera up to 32MP + 32MP
Single-camera up to 108MP
Dual-camera up to 25MP + 25MP
Single-camera up to 108MP
Dual-camera up to 20MP + 20MP
MemoryLPDDR5 memory with a maximum size of 12GBLPDDR5 memory with a maximum size of 16GBLPDDR5 memory with a maximum size of 8GB

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – Release Date Comparison

Before we talk about the specifications with which these two processors work, let’s talk a bit about the date they were released. First, there is the most recent, the Exynos 1080, which saw the light of the market a month ago, on November 12 of this year. Then we have the Exynos 990 which was released just a month earlier, on October 24. Finally, there is the Exynos 980, which was presented a year ago, on September 4, 2019.

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – Process Comparison

First off let us start with the process technology which determines the power consumption and performance of the SoC. Keep in mind the lower the number the better is the performance as well as battery life efficiency. Starting with the Exynos 1080, and knowing that it is a processor that will have updated specifications, it is not surprising that it has a 5nm EUV process, thus positioning itself as one of the strongest on the market. Having said that, and while the other two processors work great too, they are a bit behind in this regard.

The Exynos 990 is based on the 7nm EUV process, while the Exynos 990 is the one that is the most behind since it has an 8nm process.

Winner: Exynos 1080

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – CPU Comparison

Getting to talk about the CPU inside these processors, the Exynos 1080 works along with a tri-cluster octa-core design CPU with a 1 + 3 + 4 cores configuration that is arranged as follows:

  • 1x ARM Cortex-A78 main high-performance core running at a speed of @2.8GHz
  • 3x ARM Cortex-A78high-performance cores running at a speed of @2.6GHz
  • 4x ARM Cortex-A55power-efficient cores running at a speed of @2GHz

On the other hand, the Exynos 990 also has a tri-cluster octa-core design, but that is based on a 2 + 2 + 6 configuration that is arranged as follows:

  • 2x Mongoose 5th gen high-performance cores running at a speed of@2.73GHz
  • 2x Cortex-A76 mid-performance cores running at a speed of@2.5GHz
  • 4x Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores running at a speed of@2GHz

Lastly, we have the Exynos 980, which has a smaller dual-cluster 2 + 4 design that is arranged as follows:

  • 2x Cortex-A77 high-performance cores running at a speed of @2.2GHz
  • 6x Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores running at a speed of @1.8GHz

At the moment of seeing how the CPU of these two processors is distributed, we can easily realize that the new Exynos 1080 has superior strength, and it is that it not only has more high-performance cores (two compared to the other two processors), but these also have a higher frequency, both the high-performance and the power-efficient cores. Without a doubt, this new SoC will do its thing, and it will be a tough competitor to beat.

Winner: Exynos 1080

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – GPU Comparison

Turning to talk about the GPUs that are inside these two powerful processors, in terms of graphical performance, the Exynos 1080 features the ARM Mali-G78 MP10 GPU, which works with ten cores and a clock rate of 720mAh. On the other hand, the Exynos 990 features the latest GPU by ARM which is Mali-G77 MP11 GPU, which is the first GPU which is based on the Valhall architecture ARM claims that Mali-G77 has a 20% performance uplift and 20% power efficiency gain in comparison to the previous generation which is Mali-G76, and lastly, the Exynos 980 has an ARM Mali-G76 MP5 GPU that has 4 cores and a clock rate of 800MHz.

At first glance, and based only on the number of cores that these two GPUs have, it can be said that the Exynos 1080 is the winner, and honestly it was something to be expected since, in addition to that, it works together with a powerful CPU and a process of the highest quality on the market yet.

Winner: Exynos 1080

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – Benchmark Comparison

To better check how a processor works, you have to look at the score it obtains in the different Benchmarks, and today we will see the scores of these SoCs in Geekbench and AnTuTu.

The Exynos 1080 scored a Geekbench 5 score of 814 in single-core performance and a score of 2,816 in multi-core performance. On the other hand, the Exynos 990 scored a surprising 932 on the single-core performance and a score of 2,689 on the multi-core performance. Having said that, the Exynos 980 scored 687 on the single-core performance and a score of 1,832 on the multi-core performance.

On the other hand, in AnTuTu Benchmark 8, the Exynos 1080 obtained an overall score of 697,339 points, while the 990 obtained 520,327 points and the 980 obtained 330,260 points.

Exynos 1080 vs Exynos 990 vs Exynos 980 AnTuTu v8 Benchmark Score

Looking at the overall score obtained by each processor, we can see that the Exynos 1080 has more power, which was to be expected thanks to the specifications it has.

Winner: Exynos 1080

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – Connectivity Comparison

If we talk about connectivity, as expected, the Exynos 1080 has 5G connectivity with support for mmWave and sub-6GHz bands, something that brings the new generation of mobile networks even closer to the mid-range. It also has, of course, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, so any need for next-generation wireless connectivity should be covered in the devices that choose to integrate this SoC.

On the other hand, the Exynos 990 uses the external Exynos Modem 5123 (external) with a downloading speed of 7350Mbps, however, no upload speed was mentioned by Samsung. Despite the overwhelming fast download speed, we can’t deny the fact that an external modem takes more footprint as well as power than the integrated one. Also, it supports the mmWave 5G networks.

Lastly, the Exynos 980 supports the Sub-6GHz frequency used for the 5G network, also having an external 5G modem which is Exynos Modem 5100 to run the 5G network. Talking about the speed, Exynos 980’s Sub-6GHz speed is 2.55Gbps (Downloading) and 1.28Gbps (Uploading). Moreover, the 4G speed is up to 1Gbps in 4G and 3.55Gbps in dual mode.

Winner: Tie (Exynos 1080 and 990)

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – Camera Comparison

Regarding the section of cameras, the Exynos 1080 has a single-camera up to 200MP and a dual-camera that is based on a combination of 32MP + 32MP. The Exynos 990, for its part, has a single-camera up to 108MP and a dual-camera that is based on a combination of 25MP + 25MP. Also, the Exynos 980 has a single camera up to 108MP just like the 990, and a dual camera that is based on a combination of 20MP + 20MP.

Winner: Exynos 1080

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – Memory Comparison

About their memory, the Exynos 1080 and processor supports LPDDR5 memory with a maximum size of 12GB, while the Exynos 990 also supports LPDDR5 memory, but with a maximum size of 16GB. With that being said, the Exynos 980 supports LPDDR5 memory with a maximum size of 8GB.

Winner: Exynos 990

Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 – Price Comparison

Finally, to see what is the best option among these processors at the budget level, we have to know the price of the phones they are on. About the Exynos 1080, there is no specific information about the device that will have this processor, although according to some rumors, it should be found inside of a phone priced at around 999 to 1049 USD. On the other hand, the Exynos 990 can be found on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE with a price of $699 and, lastly, the Exynos 980 can be found inside of the Vivo X30 Pro with a price of $779.

Winner: Exynos 990

The Verdict

Select Exynos 1080 if you want:

  • Better process performance
  • Better CPU performance
  • Better GPU performance
  • Better Geekbench score
  • Better camera performance
  • Bigger memory

Select Exynos 990 if you want:

  • Good connectivity
  • Lower price

Overall Winner: Exynos 1080

I hope you loved this Exynos 1080 vs 990 vs 980 comparisons. Which one is your favorite SoC? Let us know in the comments.

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