Huawei P30 Pro benchmark suggests it won't be a match for the Galaxy S10

Huawei P30 Pro benchmark suggests it won't be a match for the Galaxy S10
Leaked Huawei P30 Pro press renders

The Huawei P30 Pro is the next big smartphone of the year and with just a couple of weeks left until its announcement, the flagship has been spotted (via Nashville Chatter) on popular benchmarking site Geekbench. 

In terms of the multi-core test, the premium device was able to score a very respectable 9,670 points. An equally-impressive score of 3,251 was achieved by the device on the single-core test. These results were made possible by the presence of the high-end Kirin 980 chip and a considerable 8GB of RAM. The benchmark listing also confirms the presence of Android 9 Pie.

Although the Huawei P30 Pro isn’t yet official, these results aren’t at all surprising. After all, the flagship boasts the same processor as last year’s Huawei Mate 20 Pro and performance levels are seemingly on par with this.

In comparison to other flagships, though, the results aren’t quite as high. The Snapdragon 855-powered Galaxy S10+, for example, consistently produces multi-score results in the region of 11,000 points and single-core ones of around 3,500 points. The Exynos 9820 version, on the other hand, boosts the single-core results to over 4,000 and maintains the multi-core numbers at around 10,500. 

Apple’s iPhone XS Max also produces multi-core results in the region of 11,000 and single-core numbers that typically sit between 4,700 and 4,800 points thanks to the A12 Bionic.

At the end of the day, benchmark results aren’t everything. Nowadays, both hardware and software optimization play huge roles in the real-life performance of devices. But considering Samsung and Apple typically put a lot of effort into these areas, Huawei might have a lot of catching up to do with its P30 series and inferior chip.

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P30 Pro
  • Display 6.5 inches
    2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP (Quad camera)
    32 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin 980, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Huawei Emotion UI



22. saveferris

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

Benchmarks pales into insignificance when you have to look at Huawei's cheap nasty 2012 UI everyday. 2012 is being generous.

21. eyaleng

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 25, 2019

Benchmarks are so 2017... All flagship processors are super strong nowadays. You are never going to feel the difference at those top levels. Screens are awesome as well on almost every phone (I've got a $120 Xiaomi with FHD, and the screen is brilliant). Cameras and battery life is all that matters, and for that reason, I am positive that I will purchase the P30 Pro. I really like the design and am excited for this phone.

18. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Hmm I don't know, benchmarks aren't really basis right now in real life use unlike before, I've seen comparisons and I find the Kirin 980 quite formidable even with lower benchmark scores against SD855 & Exynos 9820.

14. maherk

Posts: 7096; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't get it why people are still using benchmark scores as a pro or con in 2019. Phones these days are extremely powerful, and slight difference in benchmark scores doesn't show up in real life usage. I had the Mate 20 Pro for a month, then got the Note 9 for two months, and I have been using the S10+ for 10 days now, and I can't tell the difference between the three in terms of performance. Unless you're doing speed tests to see which phone open an app faster by a split of a second than the other, then benchmarks are meaningless to you. I have the S10+, and looking to hold on it for a while, but I have no doubt in my mind that the P30 Pro will battle it for the phone of the year award.

11. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

I would never buy a chinese phone. With that said, I don't cares about benchmarks. They are all fast these days.

10. rsiders

Posts: 2066; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Don't worry it'll win where it really matters: battery life.

15. maherk

Posts: 7096; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Huawei relies heavily on killing apps to achieve great battery life. You either want a superb battery life without getting your notifications, or a very good battery life while getting your notifications.

19. Venom

Posts: 4109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Or a phone that doesn't have to resort to cheap tactics like that to achieve good battery life.

20. maherk

Posts: 7096; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That was my point.

23. rsiders

Posts: 2066; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Oh my V30 still beats out the S10 without the cheap tricks but do you really not get notifications on Huawei devices or are you just speaking hyperbole?

6. yalokiy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

According to Anandtech tests, the CPU part of Kirin 980 is actually quite good, in some tests actually ahead of exynos 9820 and SD855. Just the GPU is inferior to the best, but being almost the best is not bad at all.

9. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That's what I noticed , but even though I don't live in US I think they are right to ban them, I wouldn't trust them as far as I can throw them .

3. shield

Posts: 900; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Yes, but 2018 kirin 980, and Exynos 2019! New kirin 990 destroy Exynos! Look crap exynos low battery life.

4. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Who cares , right now Huawei is behind .

13. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 189; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

no it's not it is better chip 985

7. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

No, Kirin is a 7nm chipset, same generation of Exynos 9820(8nm) and SD855(7nm) and last year A12(7nm) The last generation was Kirin 970, SD845, A11, Exynos 9810 all 10nm Kirin 990 will compete with next Exynos, A13, SD865...

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2083; Member since: May 26, 2011

Chip generations aren't tied to fab process size. It should be tied to each soc's revision

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Well it's using last year's CPU right , the same one in P20? Looks like they went all out on that cpu and couldn't keep up?

2. alanrock

Posts: 344; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

Mate 20 is first phone with K980 and P line usually get new cam. setup and pass over next Mate...rinse and repeat...SOC is fast and battery efficient.

5. User123456789 unregistered

P series has always used previous Kirin, but last year P20 came with 980 instead of 970 used for mate 10.

8. ramdroid

Posts: 138; Member since: May 21, 2016

No it used 970. The 980 was announced months after p20 was released and first phones to get it was mate series

12. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 189; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

no kirin 985

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