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Kirin 990 (4G) vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4G) (with Mali G76 MP16 graphics) and Kirin 970 (Mali G72 MP12). 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 990 (4G)
  • Performs 2.2x better in floating-point computations
  • Shows significantly better (up to 83%) AnTuTu 8 score – 423K vs 230K
  • Announced 2-years and 2-months later
  • Has a smaller size transistor (7 versus 10 nm)
  • 21% higher CPU clock speed (2860 vs 2360 MHz)
  • Supports 10% higher memory bandwidth (31.78 against 29 GB/s)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Higher GPU frequency (~24%)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 8

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
423434
230768
CPU 138017 66289
GPU 145170 73245
Memory 98516 50039
UX 55324 41387
Total score 423434 230768

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
740
384
Multi-Core Score
3037
1342
Image compression 148.7 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 23.9 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 54.1 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 55.8 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 28.2 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 3.13 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 797.5 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

Gaming

Table of average FPS and graphics settings in mobile games
PUBG Mobile 58 FPS
[Ultra]
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Call of Duty: Mobile 41 FPS
[Ultra]
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Fortnite 29 FPS
[Ultra]
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Shadowgun Legends 55 FPS
[Ultra]
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World of Tanks Blitz 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 60 FPS
[Ultra]
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Device Huawei Mate 30 Pro
1146 x 2400
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We provide average results. FPS may differ, depending on game version, OS and other factors.

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Kirin 990 (4G) and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 2x 2.86 GHz – Cortex-A76
2x 2.09 GHz – Cortex-A76
4x 1.86 GHz – Cortex-A55
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2860 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache - 512 KB
L2 cache 512 KB 2 MB
Process 7 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 8 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 6 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali G76 MP16 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Bifrost Bifrost
GPU frequency 600 MHz 746 MHz
Execution units 16 12
Shading units 256 192
FLOPS 768 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 2133 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 4x 16 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 31.78 Gbit/s 29 Gbit/s
Max size 12 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) Da Vinci Yes
Storage type UFS 2.1, UFS 3.0 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 3360 x 1440 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution - 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VC-1 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9, VC-1
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 32 bit@384 kHz, HD-audio

Connectivity

4G support LTE Cat. 21 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 1400 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 200 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 5
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced October 2019 September 2017
Class Flagship Flagship
Official page HiSilicon Kirin 990 (4G) official site -

Cast your vote

So, which SoC would you choose?
16 (76.2%)
5 (23.8%)
Total votes: 21

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