Huawei Mate 20 Pro Performance Benchmarks: Kirin 980 inside, Android's first 7nm chip

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Performance Benchmarks: Kirin 980 inside, Android's first 7nm chip
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is an all-out flagship not just because of its design, big battery and impressive new triple camera system, it's also the first Android phone to have the newest generation of mobile chips.

We're talking about the new 7 nanometer chip technology that Huawei has been working on for years to bring us its crown jewel, the new Kirin 980 system chip on the Mate 20 Pro. In comparison, all other Android Snapdragon 845 flagship phones currently are still based on the older, 10nm technology. And speaking of the competition, it was actually Apple who was the first to bring a 7nm chip in a real-world device with its iPhone XS series.

So what should you know about the new Kirin 980 chip inside the Mate 20 Pro? It has a curious architecture with two big cores, two middle cores and four LITTLE cores, or a total of eight CPU cores. You have two big A76 cores clocked at up to 2.6GHz, two middle A76 cores running at up to 1.92GHz, and four A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. There's a new Mali G76 on board for better performance in gaming as well.

So with all this in mind, how does the Mate 20 Pro perform against its rivals? And how does the Kirin 980 perform against the Snapdragon 845, the Apple A12 Bionic, and the Apple A11? Let's look at the benchmarks to get a better idea.

GeekBench 4

Our first stop is the Geekbench benchmark that focuses on measuring CPU performance. The first test here focuses on single-core performance, stress-testing the new Cortex A76 cores inside the Kirin 980.

Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 3333
Apple iPhone XS Max 4821
Apple iPhone X 4244
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 3612
Google Pixel 3 XL 2260
LG V40 ThinQ 2007
Sony Xperia XZ3 2385
OnePlus 6 2413.66

Then, we move on to multi-core performance. This will show how all the eight cores perform in tandem and what you can expect in terms of performance for more intense tasks.

Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 9807
Apple iPhone XS Max 11299
Apple iPhone X 10401
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 8927
Google Pixel 3 XL 7623
LG V40 ThinQ 8310
Sony Xperia XZ3 8577
OnePlus 6 8929


The AnTuTu benchmark is a complex, all-in-one test that measures various aspect of the performance, including CPU and GPU, and it comes up with one number to show the overall score of the device.

The Mate 20 Pro here scores higher than any other Android phone, but still falls short of the performance that the iPhone XS series offer.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 265556
Apple iPhone XS Max 336882
Apple iPhone X 224538
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 244787
Google Pixel 3 XL 236105
LG V40 ThinQ 246715
Sony Xperia XZ3 259541
OnePlus 6 260353.5


Finally, we look at GFX Bench to see the graphics power of the new Mali G76 chip inside the Mate 20 Pro.

This GPU is supposed to be a big leap over previous generation graphics chips, but interestingly, the Galaxy Note 9 outscores the Mate 20 Pro in this test consistently. The Mate also strangely produces vastly different results with every run of this benchmark (we've included the highest scores here).

GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 47
Apple iPhone XS Max 59.3
Apple iPhone X 58.75
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 56
Google Pixel 3 XL 33
LG V40 ThinQ 23
Sony Xperia XZ3 32
OnePlus 6 50
GFXBench Car Chase on-screen Higher is better
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 26
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 26
Google Pixel 3 XL 20
LG V40 ThinQ 16
Sony Xperia XZ3 18
OnePlus 6 30

Final Words

Overall, the Mate 20 Pro with the Kirin 980 is a big step forward for Huawei.

It's the fastest chip on Android in most areas, but it's no match for the Apple A12 Bionic, which will be the chip to beat in 2019.

Still, if you prefer an Android device and you want absolute power, the Mate 20 Pro is probably your best choice at the moment.

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Mate 20 Pro
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh



1. Taphius

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Hope its good on efficiency. They've backtracked from the 950 which was stellar. Performance looking good over the 970

5. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

It's competition is available and upcoming Snapdragon, Exynos and Apple chipset. And it sadly failed in the test.

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You do realize it’s going to be another 5-6 months before the Snapdragon 855 or the next Exynos is available right? I can’t wait for the Snapdragon 855 to release so I can remind you: oh yeah this is going to be murdered once the new A13 or Kirin 990 chipsets come out in 6 months. Since apparently you can’t appreciate something without comparing it to its unreleased competition that’s months off from hitting the market.

45. william857

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

These tests are so pity. They test Huawei Mate 20 under its power saving mode”, not ”performance model. On the later Huawei Mate 20 pro scored 31000+ on antutu. Here it’s got 27000. Totally biased&pathetic review. Misleading.

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Big claims by Huawei smh. What a disapointment!

41. kratos47

Posts: 18; Member since: May 27, 2015

What were the claims?

43. Tim0lsson

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

That it would outperform apples A12

50. kratos47

Posts: 18; Member since: May 27, 2015

Can you post the link where Huawei made that claim?

51. william857

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

Go to YouTube and type “Huawei mate 20 pro benchmark performance mode”. I’m new user so can’t post link.

46. william857

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

That is because these benchmarks were obtained when the phone’s “power saving model was turned on. They were just too pathetic to test it under “performance mode”.

3. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Now that is a disappointment unless Huawei decides to cheat with benchmarks later on. Multicore, singlecore, antutu, gpu, everything is barely there. LoL. Newer Snapdragon and Exynos are gonna murder it. Hope to hear from Huawei trolls. Who keep harping about it being some kind of GOD.

28. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Haters gonna hate, trolls gonna troll...

42. kratos47

Posts: 18; Member since: May 27, 2015

We don't know yet if it's a disappointment. Benchmark scores often don't tell the whole story. We'll see how it translate to real life scenarios. Multitasking, Chip efficiency with battery life, lags after months of usage. People are too caught up on numbers.

47. william857

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

Of course you have zero idea that Mate 20 pro has three power modes: power saving, normal, and performance mode. Did he(the tester) specifically point out under which mode the phone was tested??? It is confirmed that at least one benchmark here isn’t right: the Mate 20 pro scored 31000+ on Antutu under “performance mode”. But here it’s given 26000. Life test videos already coming out just wait and see their biased reviews here being debunked. It’s gonna be amusing to watch.

4. tigmd99

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

A12 is pretty much in another league here.... And i am sure that Huawei Kirin 980 benchmarks above is WITH CHEATING MODE...oh, i mean AI.

6. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

If that disappointing performance is with cheating mode on, i wonder how poor it will be without it :P

36. blehkwide

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

Turn on AI mode now. Maybe harder to beat A12x though. That would be one beastly tablet chip.

48. william857

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

A12 is only about 5% faster than Kirin 980, unless you actually trust these “benchmarks” here obtained under Huawei’s “power saving mode”.

7. morgeus09

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Unfortunetaly It has no chance against upcoming Snapdragon 8150 and Exynos 9820

20. Loveneesh

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Dude snapdragon 8150, Exynos 9820 will launch 5-6 months from now. Btw, snapdragon 8150, Exynos 9820 has no chance against kirin 990.

8. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

why are the benchmarks for xs and xs max so different?

9. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

there is big improvement over K970...battery consumption should be also good (low).

10. OneLove123

Posts: 1262; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Same performance as sd 845

11. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

pretty yes.

12. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

They said they gonna beat apples benchmark. Oh my! I do remember android benchmarking mocks apple for having low benchmark and now its the opposite and everything doesn’t matter anymore.

15. iushnt

Posts: 3155; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Hmm hypocrisy is on both side. Apple people said benchmark didn’t matter then and when their scores got better, benchmark started to matter..

23. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

They said it was faster side by side not bigger numbers on a screen. We shall see in the coming days or weeks.

49. william857

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 18, 2018

These biased benchmark scores were obtained when the phone was not under “performance mode”. That’s why the scores are much lower than what the should be.

13. blehkwide

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

Not bad Huawei Intelligence. Big step up from the downright 2 generations ago 970. So solid gains on 845 on single and multicore. 1000 points higher than sd845 each. Gpu no match for 845. Other claims that it’s faster than A12 is just that. Claims. And probably the incoming A12x in the iPads will put that to rest. Guessing we’ll have a good time again looking at these when the next big snapdragon 8150 comes or Exynos 9820 is it?

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Waiting on A12X to show a larger gap for the A13 next year. Antutu for A13 = 450k+ GB4 single = 5600 GB4 multi = 18,000 Who can contend these numbers besides Apple?

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