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Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 – The High-End vs Mid-End Battle

In the world of technology, processors have a huge weight, because they are that feature that gives devices life. Over the years, we have seen multiple product launches of this type, and while some are better than others, the processors created and worked by the companies Qualcomm and Huawei have gained incredible popularity, and all thanks to everything they can provide you with any device. Because of this, and its popularity, today we will make a comparison of two of its processors, so welcome to the great battle Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980.

Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 – The High-End vs Mid-End Battle

Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 – Specs Sheet

 Snapdragon 765GKirin 980
CPU 4 x Kryo 385 Cortex-A75 @2.8 GHz
4 x Kryo 385 Silver Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
2 X Cortex-A76 @2.6GHz
2 X Cortex-A76 @1.92GHz
4 X Cortex-A55 @1.8GHz
GPUAdreno 630 (710 MHz)Mali-G76
Process10nm Fin-Fet LPP7nm LPP
Bluetooth5.05.0
Video capture4K @ 30fps
FHD @ 60fps, 720p slow-mo @480 fps
4K @ 30fps

Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 – CPU

Let’s start this great comparison with the CPU of these processors. The Snapdragon 765G uses a Kryo 475 CPU based on a seemingly odd tri-cluster design (1+1+6) which is new in this 7 series. It hasn’t moved to Cortex A77 but consists of the one high-performance processor which is the new Kryo Prime Cortex A76 running at 2.4GHz, another Cortex A76 but based on Kryo Gold running at 2.2GHz and six energy-efficient Cortex A55 cores running at 1.8GHz. In comparison to the SD 765, the G version has a slightly higher upper core.

On the other hand, the Kirin 980 is presented with a 7nm TSMC technology and an octa-core configuration in two clusters 4 + 4. There are 2 Cortex A76 cores, which work at a speed of 2.6GHz with one of the latest ARM lithographs; 2 other Cortex A76 cores, this time at 1.92GHz, are essential for energy-saving or less demanding tasks; and finally, we have 4 Cortex A55 cores at 1.8GHz which are low-powered.

Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 – CPU

Winner: Snapdragon 765G

Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 – GPU

Moving to the GPU part of this Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 comparison, the Snapdragon 765G has upgraded its GPU from Adreno 618 to 620. Moreover, it’s overclocked as well compared to the standard Snapdragon 765 (18% better graphics). The 765G’s Adreno 620 GPU has 38% better performance than the Adreno 618 in the 730. And don’t forget about the gaming optimizations done for this SoC. This is much better than the CPU improvement we just talked about in the above section.

Having said that, the Kirin 980 was premiered the Mali-G76 GPU as the first manufacturer to assemble it. This GPU improved the performance of graphics execution, with an increase in performance of 46% and an energy efficiency of 178% compared to other generations of chipsets.

Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 – GPU

Winner: Snapdragon 765G

AnTuTu Benchmark Comparison

With the release of Redmi K30 with Snapdragon 765G, we have its AnTuTu Benchmark with us. As you can see Redmi K30 scores around 302,847 points.

Snapdragon 765G AnTuTu Benchmark Comparison

That being said, with the release of Huawei Mate 20 with Kirin 980, we have its AnTuTu Benchmark with us. As you can see, this Huawei smartphone scores around 356.918 points.

kirin 980 AnTuTu Benchmark Comparison

Winner: Kirin 980

Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 – Connectivity

In the connectivity section, the Snapdragon 765G supports 5G networking and is the first upper-mid SoC to provide this networking.  Snapdragon 765G integrating the X52 modem (internal) gives 5G download up to 3.7 Gbit/s and upload up to 1.6 Gbit/s. Moreover, it also supports Global 5G networking consisting of sub-6 GHz in Europe and Asia and mmWave 5G in the US.

With that said, the Kirin 980 can achieve 5G by connecting it with the Balong 5000 modem. The modem integrated in the processor features category 21 LTE for download and the same category 13 technology for upload. In addition, Bluetooth continues in its 5.0 version, counting on Wifi with dual ac connectivity that will allow us to connect to 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks.

Snapdragon 765G vs Kirin 980 – Connectivity

Winner: Snapdragon 765G

Price Comparison

The Snapdragon 765G, which is the first upper-mid end 5G and 7nm EUV SoC, might benefit the manufacturer and provide a reason for the price increase. Considering, that flagships such as Reno 2 featured the previous generation which was SD 730 and 730G, we might expect the price range to be around $400+ USD, depending on which manufacturer it is.

On the other hand, we all know that Samsung is pretty low when it comes to offering the best price-over-performance ratio in smartphones if we compare them with the Qualcomm ones, so the Kirin 980 SoC phones are much cheaper thanks to Huawei.

Winner: Kirin 980

Price Comparison

Our Verdict

Huawei has done a great job with their SoCs, offering users the opportunity to experience great performance in higher mid-range terminals. In this way, it is no longer necessary to pay a large amount of money to get the best in this category. Still, it is logical that the company has had to make certain adjustments to make them cheaper and more affordable, which puts the Kirin 980 slightly below the Snapdragon 765G.

Overall Winner: Snapdragon 765G

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