Kirin 970 vs Kirin 820

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 970 (with Mali G72 MP12 graphics) and Kirin 820 (Mali-G57 MP6). 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 820
  • Performs 67% better in floating-point computations
  • Announced 2-years and 7-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 10 nm)
  • Shows better (up to 31%) AnTuTu 9 score – 438K vs 334K
  • Supports 7% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 29.8 GB/s)
  • Better instruction set architecture

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
334367
Kirin 820 +31%
438358
CPU 77623 135652
GPU 101795 129505
Memory 69208 77124
UX 83622 94518
Total score 334367 438358

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
388
Kirin 820 +65%
640
Multi-Core Score
1368
Kirin 820 +80%
2465
Image compression 90.1 Mpixels/s -
Face detection 11.4 images/s -
Speech recognition 24.4 words/s -
Machine learning 21.3 images/s -
Camera shooting 11.2 images/s -
HTML 5 1.59 Mnodes/s -
SQLite 415.6 Krows/s -

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile - 58 FPS
[Low]
Call of Duty: Mobile - 41 FPS
[Ultra]
Fortnite - 27 FPS
[Low]
World of Tanks Blitz - 48 FPS
[Ultra]
Genshin Impact - 33 FPS
[Medium]
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang - 57 FPS
[Ultra]
Device - Huawei Honor X10
1080 x 2400
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 820

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
1x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A76
3x 2.22 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex-A55
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2360 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8.2-A
L2 cache 512 KB -
L3 cache 2 MB -
Process 10 nanometers 7 nanometers
Transistor count 5.5 billion -
TDP 9 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G72 MP12 Mali-G57 MP6
Architecture Bifrost Valhall
GPU frequency 850 MHz 850 MHz
Execution units 12 6
Shading units 192 96
FLOPS 347 Gigaflops 579 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.1
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 2133 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 29.8 Gbit/s 31.78 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 12 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 3360 x 1440
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1 H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9
Audio codecs 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem - Balong 5000
4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 22
5G support No Yes
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 1600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 200 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 6
Bluetooth 4.2 5.1
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced September 2017 March 2020
Class Flagship Mid range
Model number Hi3670 -
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 970 official site -

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