Kirin 970 vs Kirin 955

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 970 (with Mali G72 MP12 graphics) and Kirin 955 (ARM Mali-T880 MP4). 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 2.8x better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 2.4x) AnTuTu 9 score – 334K vs 140K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 16 nm)
  • Announced 1-year and 5-months later
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 955
  • 6% higher CPU clock speed (2500 vs 2360 MHz)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~6%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
Kirin 970 +138%
334367
140709
CPU 77623 54012
GPU 101795 8135
Memory 69208 29524
UX 83622 48356
Total score 334367 140709

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Kirin 970 +13%
388
343
Multi-Core Score
Kirin 970 +25%
1368
1096
Image compression 90.1 Mpixels/s 72.65 Mpixels/s
Face detection 11.4 images/s 10.7 images/s
Speech recognition 24.4 words/s 19.25 words/s
Machine learning 21.3 images/s 16.35 images/s
Camera shooting 11.2 images/s 8.98 images/s
HTML 5 1.59 Mnodes/s 1.36 Mnodes/s
SQLite 415.6 Krows/s 366.8 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 970 and Kirin 955

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
4x 2.5 GHz – Cortex-A72
4x 1.8 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2360 MHz 2500 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache 512 KB -
L3 cache 2 MB -
Process 10 nanometers 16 nanometers
Transistor count 5.5 billion -
TDP 9 W 5 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G72 MP12 ARM Mali-T880 MP4
Architecture Bifrost Midgard
GPU frequency 850 MHz 900 MHz
Execution units 12 4
Shading units 192 64
FLOPS 347 Gigaflops 122 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 1.2
DirectX version 12 11.2

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1866 MHz -
Bus 4x 16 Bit 2x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 29.8 Gbit/s -
Max size 8 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Yes No
Storage type UFS 2.1 eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.0
Max display resolution 3840 x 2160 1920 x 1080
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP 1x 32MP, 2x 12MP
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, VP8, VP9
Audio codecs 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio AAC LC, MP3, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, FLAC

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1200 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 50 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 4.2 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced September 2017 April 2016
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number Hi3670 -
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 970 official site -

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