The Honor 30S is set to launch in China on the 30th of March; this is expected to feature the latest upper mid-range chip from Huawei/HiSilicon giving the Chinese brand a 5G chipset that will compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Samsung Exynos 980 and MediaTek Dimensity 1000l/800.

The Chinese website, IT House, has published a piece indicating the new chipsets offers a huge leap in performance, allowing it to compete with flagship spec chipsets from last year.  

The Geekbench 4 results indicate that the new chipset will outperform the Kirin 980, which is used on the Huawei P40 Pro,  in both single and multi-core scores, then it offers superior single core performance than the Snapdragon 855 while matching the multi-core score.

The results were as follows:

  • Kirin 820 5G
    • Single-Core – 3490
    • Multi-Core – 11200
  • Kirin 980
    • Single-Core – 3360
    • Multi-Core – 10200
  • SD855
    • Single-Core – 3450
    • Multi-Core – 11200

I would take these results with a pinch of salt at the moment until we see some realistic looking benchmarks done. The single-core performance is believable, but it would be quite an achievement to match the multi-core score of a flagship with the 2×6 designs we typically see on mid-range chipsets.

It is expected that the Kirin 820 5G will be made on the 7nm fabrication process with 2xCortex-A76 performance cores, 6xCoretex-A55 efficiency cores and a Mali-G77 GPU. If the above results are true, it could be that the chipset uses 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores.

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