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Check out our first Huawei P20 Pro benchmark results

The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro debuted yesterday and their Leica cameras were understandably met with a lot of excitement. Performance wasn’t so much in focus as the Kirin 970 that powers them was introduced back in October with the Mate 10 series.

Huawei P20 Pro

Still, we though to give the SoC a test to see how it fares on the new taller screens of slightly higher resolution.

The Kirin 970 premiered at IFA last fall. It is built on the 10 nm process by HiSilicion, native Huawei division. The chip is housing an octa-core CPU – four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz for performance and four Cortex-A53 at 1.8 GHz for power efficiency. The GPU onboard is Mali-G72 MP12, while the RAM on the P20 Pro that we used for the test is 6 GB.

Looking at the benchmark results, the Huawei P20 Pro sits quietly in the lower bottom of the list, which for this purpose, includes only devices with the latest chips from Exynos, Qualcomm and HiSilicon. Keep in mind that the P20 Pro is still not officially on sale so once its software is finalized the gap to the leaders will probably be a bit smaller.

The CPU differences between the latest Exynos 9810 and Qualcomm 845 and the 6-months old Kirin 970 in the CPU tests are more pronounced, but the compound tests came out pretty close.

That would suggest that while no longer the most powerful around the Huawei chip has aged well and the P20 duo is not likely to find itself out of its depth no matter how hard a task you will throw at it. Still, benchmarks are one thing and real life performance is often another, so we’ll reserve any verdicts for when the reviews are complete.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better


Samsung Galaxy S9+
8883


Samsung Galaxy S9
8830


Sony Xperia XZ2
8466


Huawei Mate 10 Pro
6783


Huawei P20 Pro
6679


Huawei Mate 10
6625

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better


Samsung Galaxy S9+
3771


Samsung Galaxy S9
3759


Sony Xperia XZ2
2454


Huawei P20 Pro
1907


Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1902


Huawei Mate 10
1882

AnTuTu 7

Higher is better


Sony Xperia XZ2
259244


Samsung Galaxy S9
250156


Samsung Galaxy S9+
246660


Huawei Mate 10
214037


Huawei P20 Pro
209884

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better


Sony Xperia XZ2
3859


Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3425


Huawei Mate 10
3415


Samsung Galaxy S9
3382


Samsung Galaxy S9+
3354


Huawei P20 Pro
3252