Kirin 820 5G is Powerful Budget Processor & Better than its Competitors


Kirin 820 5G is Powerful Budget Processor & Better than its Competitors

This year, Huawei has announced a new mid-budget Kirin 820 5G platform that can be safely called one of the most successful Huawei chipsets ever released. Currently, it is installed in only one smartphone – the Honor 30S, and we already have test results that are truly impressive.

The fact that the new chipset is ahead of last year’s competitors is quite expected, as it was announced just recently. But much better than we expected – the Kirin 820 5G is ahead not only of the Snapdragon 730G or MediaTek G90T, which can be clearly described as good examples of what a sub-flagship processor should look like, but also of the latest Qualcomm pre-flagship platform – the Snapdragon 765 itself, impressive, but that’s not all. It is important that in this case Kirin defeated Snapdragon not only in the part of the CPU, which was previously with Huawei processors, but also with a surprising GPU, because in Kirin 820 5G GPU from Mali, and in Snapdragon 765G – Adreno own design, and Adreno has always been considered the best mobile graphics adapter.

Let’s take a look at the AnTuTu benchmark results. The Snapdragon 765G was tested on the Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G, and the Kirin 820 5G, as I mentioned earlier, was tested on the Honor 30S. The Honor 30S scored 130511 points on the CPU side, and the Oppo Reno 3 Pro 5G scored 102230 points, a significant difference. Well, what I said before – Kirin 820 5G showed a score of 119839 points in the GPU, and Snapdragon 765G – 93977 points, and here Kirin is not that at a level that would be a very good result, but significantly ahead of its competitor.

Kirin has, in fact, never been able to catch up with Snapdragon in its flagship lineup, despite improvements over the past few years, but in the sub-flagship segment in this generation, Huawei is a clear victory. Huawei may create a miracle with its Dimensity, but so far Huawei remains the undisputed leader.

Both the Snapdragon 765G and the Kirin 820 5G have been announced relatively recently, so this market situation will likely remain for at least six months, so the logical question is – what will Huawei be able to gain from this situation?

Let’s go back to last year, when Huawei announced the truly successful Kirin 810 chipset, and what it did last year – the release of the widest possible model list on the successful chipset (the Honor Play 4T Pro, Huawei P40 Lite, Honor 9X Pro, came out on the Kirin 810 Honor 9X, Huawei Nova 8i, Huawei Nova 6SE, Huawei P Smart Pro 2019, Huawei Nova 5Z, Huawei Nova 5i Pro, Honor 20S, Huawei Mate 30 Lite and Huawei Nova 5, some of them are the same model that came out in different countries under different names). This year, obviously, will be the same, and the Honor 30S is just the first swallow.

But chipset power is not Huawei’s main problem, as sanctions have not been lifted. There are no Google services out of the box, and for the average Ukrainian buyer this can be a deterrent. Yes, Huawei has launched its own AppGallery Store, but unfortunately, it can’t compete with Google Play or the App Store either in the number of applications or in the availability of services that everyone uses.

Google Play can be installed if desired, but not all Google services will work, such as the one that is important in modern Google Pay smartphones. In addition, the methods of installing Google services are changing, and old ones stop working after a while, and most potential buyers do not want to bother with this, it will be easier for them to buy a smartphone, which will immediately be Google Apps.

That is why, despite being a powerful platform, Huawei mid-range smartphones will not be suitable for most potential buyers, as buying a smartphone that has a weaker platform but no software issues will be a better choice for most.

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