Helio P70 vs Kirin 970

We compared two 8-core processors: MediaTek Helio P70 (with Mali-G72 MP3 graphics) and HiSilicon 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 MediaTek Helio P70
  • Announced 1-year and 2-months later
  • Higher GPU frequency (~6%)
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Performs 4.4x better in floating-point computations
  • Supports 122% higher memory bandwidth (29.8 against 13.41 GB/s)
  • Shows significantly better (up to 48%) AnTuTu 9 score – 330K vs 224K
  • Has a smaller size transistor (10 versus 12 nm)
  • 12% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 2100 MHz)

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
224265
Kirin 970 +48%
330900
CPU 77653 77623
GPU 44915 101795
Memory 48030 69208
UX 55682 83622
Total score 224265 330900

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
297
Kirin 970 +29%
384
Multi-Core Score
Helio P70 +3%
1395
1360
Image compression 82.6 Mpixels/s 90.1 Mpixels/s
Face detection 11.7 images/s 11.4 images/s
Speech recognition 16.45 words/s 24.4 words/s
Machine learning 12.2 images/s 21.3 images/s
Camera shooting 9.58 images/s 11.2 images/s
HTML 5 1.69 Mnodes/s 1.59 Mnodes/s
SQLite 429.6 Krows/s 415.6 Krows/s

3DMark

A cross-platform benchmark that assesses graphics performance in Vulkan (Metal)
3DMark Wild Life Performance
717
Kirin 970 +16%
832
Stability 98% 76%
Graphics test 4 FPS 4 FPS
Score 717 832

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Helio P70 and Kirin 970

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.1 GHz – Cortex-A73
4x 2 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex A73
4x 1.84 GHz – Cortex A53
Cores 8 8
Frequency 2100 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L2 cache 2 MB 512 KB
L3 cache - 2 MB
Process 12 nanometers 10 nanometers
Transistor count 5.5 billion 5.5 billion
TDP 5 W 9 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-G72 MP3 Mali G72 MP12
Architecture Bifrost Bifrost
GPU frequency 900 MHz 850 MHz
Execution units 3 12
Shading units 48 192
FLOPS 78.8 Gigaflops 347 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.1 1.0
OpenCL version 2.0 2.0
DirectX version 12 12

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory frequency 1866 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 13.41 Gbit/s 29.8 Gbit/s
Max size 8 GB 8 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) NeuroPilot Yes
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 UFS 2.1
Max display resolution 2160 x 1080 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP 1x 48MP, 2x 20MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 30FPS 4K at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9 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. 7 LTE Cat. 18
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 300 Mbps Up to 1200 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 4.2 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced October 2018 September 2017
Class Mid range Flagship
Model number MT6771V/CT Hi3670
Official page MediaTek Helio P70 official site HiSilicon Kirin 970 official site

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