The upcoming Kirin 820 will be the first 5G-ready chipset from Huawei aimed at the mid-range segment. This new chipset will be present in some Huawei mid-range smartphones as well as Honor devices. Leakster Digital Chat Station has provided the first unofficial details about the hardware on this in-house made SoC.
First of all, the Kirin 820 SoC will be a 7nm chip with Cortex-A76 cores acting as big cores. Essentially in the same way as the Kirin 810 and 990 4G. The ISP and NPU are “fully upgraded”, presumably compared to the 810 SoC. Interestingly enough, this will be the first chipset to come out of the HiSilicon foundries featuring Mali-G77 GPU. Even the Kirin 990 uses Mali-G76 which is now outdated. According to ARM, the G77 is 120% to 140% faster per mm2 compared to the G76, it’s 30% more energy-efficient as well.
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The Mali-G77 is also used in Samsung’s Exynos 990 chipset found in some Galaxy S20 versions. Of course, Huawei won’t configure the mid-range chip with the 11 cores. However, the GPU still is miles ahead of the Mali-G52 found inside the last year’s Kirin 810. We believe, that besides the new 5G connectivity, the Kirin 820 5G will represent a relevant upgrade for Huawei and Honor mid-range smartphones. It’s natural to see Huawei improving its portfolio. After all MediaTek and Qualcomm proved that they have capable 5G SoCs for the mid-range segment.