Kirin 9000 vs Kirin 9000E Comparison – How much difference is there?

Recently, the Mate 40 Series was made official by Huawei & as we know, while the Mate 40 Pro, Mate 40 Pro+ & the Mate 40 RS feature the top of the line Kirin 9000 SOC, the Huwei Mate 40 has the Kirin 9000E. This is not the case with this year’s Mate series only. In fact, last year, the Huawei Mate 30 featured the Kirin 990 built on the 7nm process whereas the Mate 30 Pro had the Kirin 990 built on the 7nm+ process. So the question now arises that How big is the difference when we compare Kirin 9000 vs Kirin 9000E.

This comparison will also reveal how big of a performance difference is there between the regular Mate 40 & the other Mate 40 series flagships.


Kirin 9000 vs Kirin 9000E
Kirin 9000 vs Kirin 9000E

We think that the above image perfectly explains the differences between the two chipsets. But first, let’s talk about the similarities. Both the Kirin 9000 & Kirin 9000E are based on the 5nm EUV process & come with an Integrated Balong 5000 5G Modem. Both the chipsets have the same octa-core CPU featuring one Cortex-A77 core clocked at 3.13GHz, two Cortex-A77 core clocked at 2.54GHz & four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.05GHz.

The difference between the two is in two areas – the GPU & the NPU. Kirin 9000 has a 24-core Mali-G78 GPU whereas the Kirin 9000E has a 22-core Mali-G78 GPU. So while Kirin 9000 & Kirin 9000E have the same Mali-G78 GPU, the latter has two cores less than the former.

The Neural Network Processing Unit or the NPU of Kirin 9000 has a Dual Big Core + One Tiny Core (2 + 1) arrangement whereas the NPU of Kirin 9000E has One Big Core + One Tiny Core (1 + 1) arrangement.

On AnTuTu Benchmark, the Kirin 9000 SOC scores around 690,000 & while we don’t yet have the AnTuTu score of Huawei Mate 40’s Kirin 9000E, the two lesser GPU cores shouldn’t make that big of a difference. Same is the case with Geekbench 5.

On AI Benchmark, the Kirin 9000 absolutely smokes the competition with an AI score of 216.6. The Dimensity 1000+ that is on the second spot scores 135.3, so that shows how impressive the AI Performance of Kirin 9000 is. This is all due to the fact that the NPU of Kirin 9000 offers Dual BIG Cores. Now, since the Kirin 9000E has only one Big Core, the AI Performance should be similar to that of Kirin 990 that has a similar arrangement.

Well, that’s it! That was a pretty quick comparison of Kirin 9000 vs Kirin 9000E & there isn’t a massive difference between the two chipsets. The only difference is that Kirin 9000 offers two more GPU cores & a better NPU than the Kirin 9000E.


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