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Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 In-Depth Comparison | Specs | Features

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Qualcomm, Apple, Huawei, and Samsung are, without a doubt, two of the most popular technology-related companies in the world, not only because of the technology they bring to the light but also because they are available in a large number of devices in the market today. Due to their popularity, they have been compared many times, and today is no exception, as we are going to compare four of their most popular processors. Today we are going to see this Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 comparison, and we invite you to join us!

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – All The Differences You Need To Know!

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – Specifications (Specs) Sheet Comparison

SoCSnapdragon 888Apple A14Kirin 9000Exynos 2100
Release date December 3, 2020
September, 2020
October 22, 2020January 12, 2021
Process 5nm EUV
5nm EUV
5nm EUV
5nm EUV
CPU 1 x Cortex-X1 at a speed of @2.84GHz
3 x Cortex-A78 at a speed of @2.4GHz
4 x Cortex-A55 at a speed of @1.8GHz
Dual-cluster design (2 + 4)
1 x Cortex-A77 at a speed of 3.13GHz
3 x Cortex-A77 at a speed of 2.54GHz
4 x Cortex-A55 at a speed of 2.05GHz
1 x ARM Cortex-X1 at a speed of 2,9 GHz
3 x Cortex-A78 at a speed of 2,8GHz
4 x Cortex-A55 at a speed of 2,2GHz
GPU Adreno 660
“Apple A14 Bionic” GPUARM Mali-G78 ARM Mali-G78 MP14
CameraSingle-camera up to 200MP
Triple-camera up to 24MP + 24MP + 24MP
Single-camera up to 12MP
Second camera up to 12MP
Single-camera up to 13MP
Triple-camera up to 50MP + 20MP + 12MP
Single-camera up to 200MP
Double-camera up to 32MP + 32MP (double)
MemoryLPDDR5 memory with a maximum size of 16GB
LPDDR4X-4266
6GB of RAM / 16GB of ROM
Maximum size of 8GB LPDDR5

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – Release Date Comparison

Before we talk about the specifications with which these three processors work, let’s talk a bit about the date they were released. First, there is the most recent, Exynos 2100, which was released to the market just a couple of days ago, on January 12, 2021. Next, we have the Snapdragon 888, which saw the light of the market a couple of weeks ago, on December 3, 2020. Then we have the Kirin 9000, which was resented to the users on October 22, 2020, and lastly, we have the Apple A14, which was launched a couple of months ago in September 2020.

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – 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. In relation to this category, there is something incredible and that shows that the SoCs work in a great way and have great power, and that is that the four of them all have a 5nm EUV process, thus positioning themselves as four of the strongest processors on the market.

Winner: Tie

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – CPU Comparison

Getting to talk about the CPU inside these processors, three of them have something incredible in common, and that is that the Snapdragon 888, the Kirin 9000, and the Exynos 2100 all have a tri-cluster octa-core design CPU with a 1 + 3 + 4 cores configuration, while the Apple A14 has a dual–cluster 2 + 4 cores configuration. First, Snapdragon 888 is distributed as follows:

  • 1 x ARM Cortex-X1 super high-performance core running at a speed of @2.84GHz
  • 3 x ARM Cortex-A78 high-performance cores running at a speed of @2.4GHz
  • 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores running at a speed of @1.8GHz

Next, about the A14 Bionic, there is not much information about it, although, at the time of its announcement, Apple did want to make it clear that it will have a dualcluster design (2 + 4), which could be similar to the that can be seen in the A13 Bionic, is the following:

  • 2 x Apple Lightning high-performance cores running at a speed of @2.65GHz
  • 4 x Apple Thunder power-efficient cores running at a speed of @1.8GHz

Now, On the other hand, Kirin 9000 is distributed as follows:

  • 1 x ARM Cortex-A77 main high-performance core running at a speed of @3.13GHz
  • 3 x ARM Cortex-A77 high-performance cores running at a speed of @2.54GHz
  • 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores running at a speed of @2.05GHz

Last but not least, we have the Exynos 2100 that is distributed as follows:

  • 1 x ARM Cortex-X1 main high-performance core running at a speed of @2,9GHz
  • 3 x ARM Cortex-A78 high-performance cores running at a speed of @2,8GHz
  • 4 x ARM Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores running at a speed of @2,2GHz

As you can see, some of these processors have not only the same number of cores, but also have the same type of core as well. Having said that, everything is based on the speed at which these work, and although it is not such a big difference, the speed at which the CPU of the Exynos 2100 works is higher than that of the rest of the processors, this being the which has the highest power.

Winner: Exynos 2100

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – GPU Comparison

Turning to talk about the GPUs that are inside these three powerful processors, in terms of graphical performance, Snapdragon 888 upgrades to Adreno 660. It’s 33% faster than the previous generation and 20% more power-efficient.  For the improvement in the gaming section, we also see the 3rd generation of Snapdragon Elite Gaming along with HDR10+ support. Then, the A14 Bionic has an Apple-designed four-core “Apple A14 Bionic” graphics processing unit of which we still do not have much information.

Following, we have the Kirin 9000 that features the ARM Mali-G78 GPU, which works with a 24-core version, being stronger than the 22-core version seen in the Kirin 9000E. Lastly, we have the Exynos 2100 that also has the ARM Mali-G78 but in a version with 14 graphics engines with which they promise a 40% improvement compared to its predecessor. The new ARM Mali-G78 is capable of supporting the Vulkan and OpenCL APIs, in addition to the experience with augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality.

Now, and while both the Kirin 9000 and Exynos 2100 have one of the best GPUs on the market, the force with which the Snapdragon 888 works is almost insurmountable, so in this category, the processor made by Qualcomm has the winning place.

Winner: Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – Benchmark Comparison

On AnTuTu Benchmark 8, Snapdragon 888 obtained a total of 752,935 points, while the Kirin 9000 obtained 693,605 points and the Apple A14 got an amazing total score of 564,899 points.

About the Exynos 2100, it still does not have an official score on AnTuTu, although judging by the specifications it has, it will get a very high score.

Winner: Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – Connectivity Comparison

Talking about connectivity, Qualcomm’s first integrated flagship 5G SoC is used inside the Snapdragon 888, which is the Snapdragon X60 5G baseband, which has a max download speed of 7.5Gbps and a max upload speed of 3Gbps. The official claims that the 5G baseband is superior in comparison to Apple’s A13 Bionic. Also, the new FastConnect 6900 system enables Wi-Fi 6 and can reach speeds up to 3.6 Gbps. The officials claim that speed is the highest in the mobile WiFi industry. The 6E standard also offers lower-latency, a boon for streaming games from a local PC (or the cloud, there the 5G modem can help as well).

Next, there is not much information on this topic about Apple’s A14 Bionic, but it is known that it will support 5G technology. Moreover, there’s the 4G LTE modem present continued from Apple A12 and it also has dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1, and types C, NFC, and GPS.

On the other hand, the Kirin 9000 features the industry’s first 5G quad network synergy technology. This technology is capable of efficiently integrating WiFi at a frequency of 2.4GHz, WiFi at a frequency of 5Ghz, a 5G main SIM, and a 4G secondary SIM, thus not only providing high aggregate network speed but also providing low stable low time changing network conditions and network optimization or simultaneous download.

Lastly, in terms of connectivity, and as can be seen in the Qualcomm processor, the new Exynos 2100 has the 5G modem in its structure. This modem is capable of supporting sub-6GHz and mmWave spectra from 2G to 4G LTE, giving a maximum download speed of 5.1Gbps and up to 7.37Gbps in mmWave, thus achieving up to 3Gbps in the case of 4G networks.

Winner: Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – Camera Comparison

Regarding the section of cameras, the Snapdragon 888 has a single camera up to 200MP and also has a triple-camera that is based on a combination of 24MP + 24MP + 24MP. Next, we have the Apple A14 that supports a single camera up to 12MP and a secondary 12MP camera. The Kirin 9000, for its part, has a single-camera up to 12MP and a triple-camera that is based on a combination of 50MP + 20 MP + 12MP. Also, the Exynos 2100 has support for sensors of up to 200 megapixels, in teams that have up to six lenses to process the activity of up to four sensors at the same time.

Winner: Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – Memory Comparison

About their memory, the Snapdragon 888 supports LPDDR5 memory with a maximum size of 16GB. For its part, the Apple A14 supports LPDDR4X-4266 memory with maximum RAM storage of 6GB and a ROM storage of 16GB, while the Kirin 9000 memory has a maximum size of 8GB. Lastly, Exynos 2100 also supports LPDDR5 memory.

Winner: Snapdragon 888

Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 – 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 Snapdragon 888, we can find it on the Xiaomi Mi 11, which has a selling price of around 615 USD. Concerning the A14 Bionic, this processor is available inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max which has a price of 999 to 1049 USD. Then, the Kirin 9000 is inside the Huawei Mate 40 Pro which has a price of 1,398 USD.

Last but not least, and although it has not been confirmed, users assume that the first device to have the Exynos 2100 processor will be the first in the Galaxy S21 series, the Samsung Galaxy S21, which although it has not yet been launched on the market, could have a price of 833 USD.

Winner: Snapdragon 888

The Verdict

Select Snapdragon 888 if you want:

  • Better GPU performance
  • Better Benchmark scores
  • Better connectivity
  • Better camera
  • Bigger memory
  • Lower price

Select Exynos 2100 if you want:

  • Better CPU performance

Overall Winner: Snapdragon 888

I hope you loved this Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14 vs Kirin 9000 vs Exynos 2100 comparison. Which one is your favorite SoC? Let us know in the comments.

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