Compare Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980 Chipsets

Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980 - HiSilicon Kirin 980 vs Exynos 9825
Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980
Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980 - HiSilicon Kirin 980 vs Exynos 9825
Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980

Exynos 9825 has been officially announced. This chipset is introduced as the successor of the Exynos 9820 chipset. It doesn’t feature many improvements to call it the successor of Exynos 9820. It has tiny improvements in its CPU speed and manufacturing process. Apart from this, the rest features are the same as Exynos 9820 SoC.

Also, the company has launched Galaxy Note 10 smartphone with Exynos 9825 SoC which is yet to come in India. Here we will compare Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980 chipsets and see which one is better SoC between Exynos 9825 and Kirin 980. Because the Kirin 980 is also a flagship SoC which features stronger specs. If you also want to know the difference between Exynos 9825 and Kirin 980 chipsets then read this article till the end, here we will try to clear your all doubts regarding this topic. Let’s compare these SoCs.

Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980 CPU & GPU


The CPU and GPU are the main part of any chipset, first of all, let’s compare their CPU section. Here the Exynos 9825 features an octa-core CPU based on 64-bit architecture the same as older Exynos 9820. It has the same CPU cores as Exynos 9820 which are 2 custom cores clocked at 2.73GHz, 2 Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and 4 Cortex-A55 cores running at 1.92GHz. The speed of 2 Cortex-A75 cores was 2.31GHz in Exynos 9820 while here is 2.4GHz.

At the same time, the Kirin 980 also features a 64-bit octa-core CPU. Its CPU cores are divided into three groups, the first group includes 2 Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.6GHz clock speed, the second group includes the same 2 Cortex-A76 cores but speed is different which is 1.92GHz. While the third group includes 4 Cortex-A55 cores with a maximum speed of 1.8GHz.


Moving on the GPU section, here the Exynos 9825 also features the same GPU as Exynos 9820 which is ARM Mali-G76 MP12 and its clock speed is unknown. While on the other side, HiSilicon Kirin 980 got Mali G76 MP10 GPU with a maximum speed of up to 720MHz. Here the GPU of Exynos 9825 is slightly better compared to the GPU of Kirin 980. It will provide a better experience in gaming and other graphical tasks.

Manufacturing Process

Speaking of the manufacturing process, the Kirin 980 was the world’s first SoC to work on the 7nm fabrication process and after that other companies adopted this process technology. The Kirin 980 works on the 7nm manufacturing process while Exynos 9825 also works on 7nm EUV LPP process technology. Its previous version was built using 8nm LPP process technology. So in this section, both Exynos 9825 and Kirin 980 are the same. Both are power-efficient chipsets.

Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980 Supported Features


In the camera section, the Exynos 9825 supports up to 22MP single camera and dual camera up to 16MP + 16MP. While, unlike Samsung(Exynos), Huawei doesn’t provide any official information regarding the camera section of Kirin 980 SoC. One information is available that it has Dual ISP for better photography. According to the smartphones like Huawei P30 & P30 Pro, Honor 20 & 20Pro, the Kirin 980 is capable to support better camera sensors compared to Exynos 9825 SoC. So we assume that the Kirin 980 will deliver a better photography experience.

RAM & Storage

Here the Exynos 9825 supports LPDDR4X RAM up to 12GB with a maximum speed of up to 2093MHz and in terms of storage it supports UFS 3.0 & UFS 2.1 types of storage.
On the other side, the Kirin 980 can also support LPDDR4X RAM up to 10GB with a maximum speed of up to 2133MHz, and which storage can it support its details are also not available.


In this case, Exynos 9825 supports WQUXGA displays with a max resolution of up to 3840×2400 pixels and 4K UHD with a max resolution of 4096×2160 pixels. While HiSilicon Kirin 980 can support up to 4K UHD with a max resolution of 4096×2160 pixels.

Exynos 9825 vs Kirin 980 Artificial Intelligence

For AI-related tasks, the Exynos 9825 brings an integrated Neural Processing Unit. According to the company’s claims, it provides next level AI-powered photography experience. Using fast and efficient AI processing, the NPU recognizes objects for optimized photos and delivers enhanced performance like faster app loading and pattern recognition.

While the Kirin 980 brings dual NPU which has two separate parts dedicated to the AI processing. This type of any dedicated core for AI processing is not available in the Exynos 9825 chipset because of which the Kirin 980 will deliver better AI performance to the device. So in this section, the Kirin 980 is ahead over Exynos 9825 SoC having better AI performance.

Connectivity Features

In this section, the Exynos 9825 ships with Shannon 5000 Integrated LTE modes. It uses LTE Cat-20 to capture a download speed up to 2Gbps and uploading speed of up to 316Mbps using LTE Cat-13. While the Kirin 980 is the world’s first chipset to support LTE Cat.21. Using LTE Cat.21 it can capture 1.4 Gbps downloading speed and 316Mbps uploading speed using LTE Cat.13. While other options like the Dual-Band Wi-Fi, Dual 4G VoLTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, etc. are the same in both chipsets.

SoC Exynos 9825 Kirin 980
CPU 2 x M4@2.73GHz

2 x Cortex-A75@2.4GHz

4 x Cortex-A55@1.92GHz

2 x Cortex-A76@2.6GHz

2 x Cortex-A76@1.92GHz

4 x Cortex-A55@1.8GHz

GPU Mali-G76 MP12 Mali-G76 MP10
Manufacturing Process 7nm 7nm EUV LPP


Camera Single – 22MP

Dual – 16MP + 16MP

Storage UFS 3.0 & UFS 2.1 N/A
Display WQUXGA(3840×2400)

4K UHD(4096×2160)

4K UHD(4096×2160)


Modem Shannon 5000 Integrated LTE N/A
Speed Download – 2Gbps

Upload – 316Mbps

Download – 1.4Gbps

Upload – 316Mbps


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