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Kirin 970 vs Kirin 710

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 970 (with Mali G72 MP12 graphics) and Kirin 710 (Mali-G51). Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Performs 54% better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 43%) AnTuTu 8 score – 239K vs 167K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 12 nm)
  • 7% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2200 MHz)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Higher GPU frequency (~34%)
  • Announced 11-months later

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 970 +43%
239472
167071
CPU 66289 62607
GPU 73245 22111
Memory 50039 36623
UX 41387 31490
Total score 239472 167071

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 970 +18%
387
329
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 970 +14%
1385
1213
Image compression 90.1 Mpixels/s 83.95 Mpixels/s
Face detection 11.4 images/s 11.7 images/s
Speech recognition 24.4 words/s 24 words/s
Machine learning 21.3 images/s 17.1 images/s
Camera shooting 11.2 images/s 9.81 images/s
HTML 5 1.59 Mnodes/s 1.74 Mnodes/s
SQLite 415.6 Krows/s 454.55 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 51 FPS
[Medium]
Call of Duty: Mobile - 29 FPS
[Low]
Fortnite - 25 FPS
[Low]
Shadowgun Legends - 56 FPS
[Low]
World of Tanks Blitz - 52 FPS
[Ultra]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 60 FPS
[Ultra]
Device - Huawei Honor 10 Lite
1080 x 2340
We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 970 and Kirin 710

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
4x 2.2 GHz – Cortex-A73
4x 1.7 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2360 MHz 2200 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 512 KB 256 KB
L2 cache 2 MB 512 KB
Process 10 nanometers 12 nanometers
Transistor count 5.5 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 9 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G72 MP12 Mali-G51
Architecture Bifrost Bifrost
GPU frequency 746 MHz 1000 MHz
Execution units 12 4
Shading units 192 64
FLOPS 347 Gigaflops 225 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 29 Gbit/s -
Max size 8 GB 6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes No
Storage type UFS 2.1 eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 2340 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP 1x 40MP, 2x 24MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 1K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 1080p at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9
Audio codecs 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 12
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 4.2 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2017 July 2018
Class Flagship Mid range
Official page - HiSilicon Kirin 710 official site

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
75 (89.3%)
9 (10.7%)
Total votes: 84

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