Mate 20 Pro is Huawei‘s flagship smartphone this year, not only because of its design, battery life and impressive 3-camera system, but because it owns the world’s first 7nm chip.
We are talking about the new 7nm chip technology that Huawei has developed over the years before giving rise to the Kirin 980 chip on the 20 Pro Mate. All the flagship Android flagships today are running the Snapdragon 845 chip based on Qualcomm’s old 10nm technology. Speaking of competition, Apple is the first company to use 7nm chips in practice with the launch of the A12 chip on the iPhone XS, XS Max.
What do we know about the new Kirin 980 chip inside Mate 20 Pro? It uses the architecture with two high-performance cores, two average cores, and four LITTLE cores, ie a total of eight CPU cores. You have two A76 cores at speeds up to 2.6GHz, two A76 cores running at 1.92GHz and four A55 cores at 1.8GHz. New G76 Mali GPUs onboard provide better gaming performance.
So how does the Kirin 980 compare to Snapdragon 845, Apple A12 Bionic and Apple A11? Consider the performance test results below:
The first stop is the Geekbench standard that focuses on measuring CPU performance. The first trial here focuses on single core performance, testing the new Cortex A76 core inside the Kirin 980.
Single Kirin 980 single-core test results on Mate 20 Pro and other devices
The results show that the single-core performance of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro measured by GeekBench 4 reached 3333 points, still lower than the 3612 points on Note9 and especially the 4244 points of iPhone XS or 4821 iPhone XS Max.
Then we move on to multi-core performance testing. The results will show how the 8 cores of the chip run in parallel to meet the heavy-duty will look like.
This is the multi-core test result
As a result, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro scored 9807 points, up from 8929 points in Note9, but still below 10401 and 11299 points for the iPhone and XS Max (with the Apple A12 Bionic chip).
AnTuTu benchmark is a complex (all-in-one) test that measures various aspects of performance, including CPU and GPU. The final result is the total score a device has achieved (higher scores are better).
Overall Performance Test on AnTuTu
Huawei Mate 20 Pro in this test has a higher score than any other Android device (265556 points) but still far below the level of 336882 iPhone XS Max.
Finally, we look at the GFX Bench to see the graphics power of the new Mali G76 chip inside the Mate 20 Pro (higher scores are better).
Test the graphics performance of the Kirin 980 and other chips
This GPU is said to be a big leap forward with previous generation graphics chips. Interestingly, the Galaxy Note 9 overtakes Mate 20 Pro in this test consistently. Huawei Mate 20 Pro is also confusing to produce very different results with each benchmark run.
In general, Huawei Mate 20 Pro with Kirin 980 is a big step forward for Huawei. This is the fastest chip on Android in most respects but it’s still not a rival to the Apple A12 Bionic. Apple is still waiting for another competitor to come out and beat in 2019.
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