After being officially introduced to the world during IFA 2019, Huawei’s new chipset, HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G has already proven competent and extremely powerful. It offers new technologies from the Chinese manufacturer such as 5G connectivity and dual-NPU to deliver even superior hardware than the older generation.
Less than a week after the announcement, AI Benchmark has just unveiled a test in which the new HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G platform compares directly with other major chipsets in the market, including not only the well-known Snapdragon 855 Plus but also the Unisoc Tiger T710 and Mediatek Helio P90.
You can see from the list below that the 52,403-point Kirin 990 5G is more than double the score of Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 Plus, its main competitor with 24,652 points. It’s interesting to note that the Kirin 810, Huawei’s mid-range chip for its smartphones, it is also in fourth place with 24,336 points in artificial intelligence, just above the flagship Snapdragon 855 which registers 20,554 points.
Despite Kirin 990’s huge AI score, compared to the CPU score, we see a huge difference: Samsung’s Exynos 9820, Snapdragon 855 Plus, and 855 chips occupy the top three, leaving the 2018 Kirin 980 in fourth. position and the newly released Kirin 990 5G in eighth place.
While the site rankings focus on artificial intelligence performance, it will be interesting to note how the Kirin 990 5G fares compared to other models to be released later in 2019 as Apple’s powerful A13 for the new iPhones, and the expected successor of the Snapdragon 855 Plus, which can be announced in late December and will hit stores only in early 2020.