Recently, with the release of Huawei Honor 30S, Kirin 820 received a lot of attention due to its incredible performance. However, there’s another mid-end SoC which has received the same attention as the Kirin 820, and it’s MediaTek Dimensity 800. So, let’s compare both the SoCs process, CPU, GPU, Benchmarks, AI, Connectivity, and price in this Kirin 820 vs MediaTek Dimensity 800 comparison:
Kirin 820 was released on March 30. Honor 30S is the first and the only phone to date which features the Kirin 820 SoC.
The Dimensity 800 was shown to the world a very short time ago, on January 7 of this year, thus surprising users. However, no phone has featured this processor yet. 04/12/2020
Starting with the Kirin 820, we have the TSMC 7nm process which is also seen in the last year’s high-end Snapdragon 855 and 855+, but instead is N7P, DUV-based like the recent Snapdragon 865.
Similar to the Kirin 820, MediaTek Dimensity 800 also features the 7nm process but the first generation of it which is N7. Since the N7P has FEOL and MOL optimizations which either give 7% performance improvement or up to 10% lower power.
Moving to the CPU section, Kirin 820 uses a tri-cluster layout on the octa-core design with the 1+3+4 core distribution. First, we have one high-performance Cortex-A76 core running at 2.36GHz. Then, we have the three mid-performance Cortex-A76 cores at 2.2GHz. Last but not least are the four power-efficient Cortex A55 cores running at a maximum frequency of 1.84 GHz.
Dimensity 800 follows the traditional dual-cluster 4+4 layout on the octa-core design. It has 4 high-performance Cortex-A76 running at 2 GHz. Even the 4 x energy-efficient Cortex-A55 is running on 2GHz.
As you can see that the Kirin 820 is way ahead in terms of performance since the mid-performance SoCs have a higher frequency as compared to the high-performance cores of Dimensity 800. We might see MTK performing better in tasks that consume low power. However, that’s it. In terms of mid-end and high-end tasks, Kirin 820 takes the lead with a large performance gap. I don’t know what MTK planned when they set this configuration of the Dimensity 800. It’s neither a power-efficient or high-performance SoC compared to Kirin 820. Kirin acts as a better power-efficient SoC in carrying light tasks and a much faster SoC when performing mid-end and high-end tasks.
Kirin 820 features the new 6-core Mali-G57 MP6. The G57 is a mid-end GPU series with the new Valhall architecture. It has 30% better graphical performance, 30% better energy efficiency, and up to 60% performance improvement for ML workloads when compared to the previous generation which is Mali-G52. It is based on a 16 nm process and has a maximum frequency of 850 MHz.
MediaTek Dimensity 800 similar to its big brother Dimensity 1000 and Kirin 820 has the Mali-G57 GPU. However, it neither has 6,8, or 12 cores but 4 cores instead (MP4). The frequency is not clear yet but we believe it around 750MHz to 800MHz.
It’s clear here that the 6 cores Mali-G57 GPU of the Kirin 820 is way ahead of the 4 cores Mali-G57 of Dimensity 800 because of the numbers of cores. Even if it has a higher frequency of the cores, it still won’t’ beat the Kirin 820.
As you can see that the Kirin 820 scores around 375,270 points on AnTuTu v8 featured on Honor 30S. MediaTek Dimensity 800 AnTuTu score isn’t released yet, but we expect it to be around 280,000+ points.
From the rumors, in Geekbench 4, Kirin 820 achieves a score of 3490 in Single-Core and 11200 in Multi-Core performance. Surprisingly, the scores are tieing with the high-end processors of 2019, Kirin 980 and Snapdragon 855.
The Geekbench score of Dimensity 800 isn’t available at the moment since no phone feature has released. However, we expect the single-core score to be around 2800+ points and multi-score score to be around 8,000+ points. Given the CPU information, it still won’t be able to beat Kirin 820.
In 2019, Kirin 810 topped the AI scoring chart and looks like Kirin 820 will again top the chart this 2020 for the mid-end because the Da-Vinci AI Engine has received a major improvement. Apart from the one big + two small cores, they have added another big core making it a Quad-core design. Due to this, the AI performance is a freaking 73% better over the AI of Kirin 810.
As listed by AI Benchmark, Kirin 820 Da-Vinci AI engine is in the top 4 with a score of 41838 points, beaten by Kirin 990 5G, Kirin 985, and MediaTek Dimensity 1000 SoCs.
The APU 3.0 (AI Processing Unit) presented by MediaTek has four cores consisting of three different core types, allowing the Dimensity 800 to provide up to 2.4 TOPS of AI performance. Furthermore, the APU HW design is also said to be more efficient and more powerful to enable more accurate AI camera results.
The AI-benchmark score of the Dimensity 800 isn’t revealed yet. However, we do expect it to be in Top 10 position since it’s APU 3.0 and its brothers Dimensity 1000 and 1000L are also listed in the top 10. However, it would be still far behind the Da-Vinci series NPU of Kirin 820 and even the fact that the upper version of Dimensity series, the 1000L is already beaten by Kirin 820.
The Kirin 820 features the same network modem as the Kirin 990 5G which is the Balong 5000 5G Modem. This modem supports both the SA-NSA 5G Mode and Multi-Mode 5G networks.
The Dimensity 800 5G SoC supports 5G with two carrier aggregation (2CC CA) for 30% wider high-speed layer coverage and a higher average throughput performance compared to other solutions that use a single carrier (1CC, no CA). Also, it includes multi-mode support for 2G/3G/4G, and also supports Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS). Moreover, we do believe that similar to Dimensity 1000 it will feature WiFi 6 networking as well.
Peak Upload Speed: 2.5Gbps
mmWave: 6.5 Gbps and 3.5 Gbps
The Balong modem has a maximum download and upload speeds of 4.6 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps respectively in Sub 6GHz network. Whereas in the mmWave 5G network it can go up to 6.5 Gbps and 3.5 Gbps. Meanwhile, M5 Modem has a maximum download and upload speeds of 4.7 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps respectively in Sub 6GHz network.
MTK not only has a slightly higher speed in the sub-6GHz category but also supports WiFi 6 module as well. Since the information isn’t confirmed and is taken from rumors, we will let Dimensity 800 win this time and update again once the official information is available.
The Kirin 820 will most likely be limited to Huawei flagships. The mid-end flagships from Huawei are much cheaper than Samsung, Vivo, OPPO, Sony and other famous manufacturers. Huawei Honor 30S will be the first phone to feature Kirin 820 with a starting price of $462.
Phones which feature MediaTek SoCs aren’t limited to one brand. Though phones which have MediaTek SoC in them are budget-friendly, the phone belonging to which brand also matters. We expect it to be featured inside mid-end flagships such as the rumored Redmi 9/Pro and so on. So, the price of a Dimensity 800 phone will be around $200 to $280, making it the cheapest 5G phone.
Because of the limited information we have, we have decided that the Kirin 820 easily beats Dimensity 800. Kirin 820 has a much better CPU, GPU, AI, and benchmarks when compared to Dimensity 800. However, the immensity 800 has a slightly better 5G download speed and features the new ground-breaking WiFi 6.
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