The Snapdragon 888 launched earlier this week at the Qualcomm Digital Summit 2020. The 5nm processor will power next year’s flagship phones from several manufacturers, a large percentage of which are Chinese.
The new Snapdragon 888 joins the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Samsung Exynos 1080, the other two 5nm chips that have been announced for Android devices.
We know our readers are curious as to which of these three chipsets is the best but at the moment, only the Kirin 9000 is found in a commercially available phone, so the only way to compare these chipsets will be on “paper”. For this article, we will be comparing the Snapdragon 888 against Huawei’s most powerful chipset, the Kirin 9000.
If we talk about the CPU performance so snapdragon has the upper hand on the Kirin 9000. The Kirin 9000 may be Huawei’s most powerful chipset but its prime core and three other performance cores are last-gen Cortex-A77 cores. When compared to the prime core of the Snapdragon 888 which is the Cortex-X1, and its performance cores which are Cortex-A78 cores, the Kirin 9000 has some catching up to do even though all of its cores are clocked higher.
The cores manufacturer company Arm has said that, the Cortex-A78 offers a 20% improvement in performance over Cortex-A77 while the Cortex-X1 offers a 30% improvement in performance over the Cortex-A77.
When it comes to performance tasks, the Snapdragon 888 should take the lead. However, for tasks relegated to the efficiency cores (Cortex-A55), the Kirin 9000 should be faster due to the cores’ higher clock speed.
Overall performance should show the Snapdragon 888 taking the lead.
So, our conclusion is The Kirin 9000 and Snapdragon 888 definitely bring huge improvements to the mobile chipset space, especially in the Android ecosystem.
However, they have their individual strengths, but in terms of the CPU and GPU performance Snapdragon 888 wins the contest.