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Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 Comparison

Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 Comparison | A Disappointing SoC Upgrade?

Today, Samsung released the Exynos 9825 SoC which is the successor of Exynos 9820. Though it’s the first 7nm EUV process SoC on the planet, however, it’s not that much of a major upgrade as Exynos 9820 was over Exynos 9810. Let’s find out why in this Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 comparison:

Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 Comparison – Only a Process and Frequency Upgrade

Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 – Specs Sheet Comparison

 Exynos 9825Exynos 9820
Lithography7nm LPP EUV8nm LPP FinET
CPUFully-custom ARM Cortex
2x M4 @ 2.73 GHz
2x Cortex A75 @ 2.4 GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 1.95 GHz
Fully-custom ARM Cortex
2x M4 @ 2.73 GHz
2x Cortex A75 @ 2.31 GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 1.95 GHz
GPUMali-G76 MP12 ?MHz 800 MHz expectedMali-G76 MP12 710MHz
NPUIntegrated NPUIntegrated NPU
RAM4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4X @ 2093MHz
4x 16-bit CH
LPDDR4X @ 2093MHz
MemoryUFS 3.0, 2.1UFS 3.0, 2.1
LTECat 20 LTE modem
2000 Mbps down
316 Mbps up
Cat 20 LTE modem
2000 Mbps down
316 Mbps up
5GYes, externalMaybe, not tested
Video capture8K @ 30fps, 4K @ 150fps8K @ 30fps, 4K @ 150fps
Video playback8K 30fps8K 30fps
ISPRear: 22MP
Front: 22MP
Dual: 16MP+16MP
Rear: 22MP
Front: 22MP
Dual: 16MP+16MP
Release DateNovember 14, 2018 (announced) January, 2019 (launched)August 7, 2019

Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 – Process Comparison

Starting with the process manufacturing Exynos 9820 is based on 8nm FinET LPP process, meanwhile, the new Exynos 9825, as previously said is the first 7nm SoC based on EUV technology. And the advantage of EUV (extreme ultraviolet lithography)? In comparison to the 7nm FinET and 8nm, TSMC SoCs, EUV allows SoC manufacturer to leverage extreme ultraviolet wavelengths to print finer circuits and develop a faster and more power-efficient processor. As a result, 9825 is 20% faster and 50% more power-efficient than the 8nm Exynos 9820.

Exynos 9825 Performance

Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 – CPU Comparison

Speaking of the CPU configuration, Samsung still follows the same tri-cluster layout with 2+2+4different cores. To be honest, in comparison to the Exynos 9820 which is based on the 8nm LPP FinET process, the core configuration is exactly the same. There are two custom CPUs (M4) running @2.73 GHz are sam, two Cortext A75 high-performance cores @ 2.4GHz (slightly different from Exynos 9820’s Cortex A75 @2.31GHz), and four Cortex-A55 low-power cores @1.95GHz are the same. Samsung hasn’t revealed the cache of each core which we believe might be slightly different for Cortex A76 core section.

Exynos 9825 Video

Not a huge difference to boast about, only the mid-core Cortex A76 has a minor increase in frequency. However, EUV technology must not be overlooked. Combined with the 7nm EUV process Samsung Exynos 9825 has performance increase both under severe load and idle state. It’s even better than Snapdragon 855/Plus, and Kirin 980.

Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 – GPU Comparison

Coming to the GPU section, it’s surprising to see that the new Exynos 9825 and the previous generation Exynos 9820 has the same GPU which is Mali G76MP12. The frequency of the GPU hasn’t revealed by Samsung yet. However, we expect it to be @800 MHz from the previous @720MHz. This reminds us of the Snapdragon 855 and 855 Plus scenario. There’s no denying that Exynos 9825 has an overclocked GPU, that’s all. Even Samsung hasn’t mentioned the GPU as that much of a highlight. However, combined with the EUV process, the heat dissipation will be decreased, so Exynos 9825 will have better graphics performance than SD 855/Plus, Kirin 980, and the previous Exynos 9820 under long gaming sessions.

Exynos 9825 GPU

Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 – Price Comparison

There will not be a that much of a price difference in Exynos 9825 and 9820. Since it’s not a major upgrade, the individual selling price of these SoCs will expect $2 to $4 difference. However, the price doesn’t depend on the SoC but on the phones which carries these SoCs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will carry this SoC and yup the phone is going to be expensive than most Snapdragon 855, Kirin 980 phones. Moreover, the phones featuring this SoC will be expensive than the upcoming SD 865 and Kirin 985 as well. After all, Samsung is not that famous in providing the best price-over-performance flagships.

Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 – Other Specs

Artificial Intelligence

The APU unit of Exynos 9825 appears to be same as Exynos 9820. AI isn’t that much of a highlight of this SoC, EUV will bring some slight increase in AI performance but not that to compete with Kirin 980’s dedicated Dual APU, Helio P90 APU.

Kirin 810 vs SD 855 vs Helio P90 AI Score 2

5G Connectivity

We believed that Samsung might have invented the first integrated 5G modem but Samsung thinks that it’s too early for that. Anyways, 5G can be attained on Exynos 9825 SoC by pairing it with 5G Exynos Modem 5100. However, there’s no confirmation that the old Exynos 9820 might support external 5G. We believe it will since the modem is external, not internal.

4G Connectivity

Samsung has maintained its Shannon 5000 from Exynos 8920, a Category 20/13 modem in Exynos 9825. This modem has a peak download rate of 2 Gbps (with 8x carrier aggregation), while the upload is 316 Mbps.

 The Similarities

  • Same tri-cluster design
  • Same GPU
  • Similar connectivity
  • Same APU
  • Support up to 8K video playback
  • Same Modem

The Differences

  • 7nm EUV vs 8nm FinET LPP
  • 5G external modem support
  • Higher Cortex A76 frequency
  • Overclocked GPU
Exynos 9825 highlights
Exnos 9825 Highlights

Our Verdict

To be honest, everything is the same in both these SoCs except:

  • the process
  • the CPU and GPU frequency

We are glad to see the world’s first 7nm EUV SoC. However, we are disappointed regarding the minor upgrades it did after one year of wait. This reminds us of the SD 855 and 855 Plus minor upgrade.  What if Samsung planned it to be a minor upgrade? Maybe that’s why it’s called Exynos 9825 instead of Exynos 9830. However, we shouldn’t underestimate the EUV process and look up to the benchmarks and performance of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 which will be featuring it.

Overall Winner: Exynos 9825

Hope you loved our Exynos 9825 vs Exynos 9820 Comparison. Let us know what you think about this upgrade, in the comment section below.

Information Taken from Samsung Official Site, Anandtech