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Snapdragon 425 vs Kirin 659

We compared the 4-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (Adreno 308) with the newer 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 (Mali-T830 MP2 ) SoC. 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
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Kirin
Pros of HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • Has 4 cores more
  • Has the smaller size of the transistor (16 versus 28 nm)
  • Higher GPU frequency (~80%)
  • 69% higher CPU clock speed (2360 vs 1400 MHz)
  • Performs 71% better in floating-point computations
  • Announced 11 months later

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks
AnTuTu Benchmark 7
Kirin 659 +73%
75149
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Kirin 659 +55%
194
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Kirin 659 +114%
876

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Snapdragon 425 and Kirin 659

CPU

Architecture 4x 1.4 GHz – Cortex-A53 4x 2.36 GHz – Cortex-A53
4x 1.7 GHz – Cortex-A53
Cores 4 8
Frequency 1400 MHz 2360 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 128 KB -
Process 28 nanometers 16 nanometers
Transistor count 1 billion 4 billion

Graphics

GPU name Adreno 308 Mali-T830 MP2
Architecture Adreno 300 Midgard
GPU frequency 500 MHz 900 MHz
Cores - 2
Number of ALUs 24 -
FLOPS 24 Gigaflops 41 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 1.2 1.2
DirectX version 11 11

Memory

Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR3
Memory frequency 667 MHz 933 MHz
Bus 2x 16 Bit 2x 32 Bit
Max bandwidth 5.34 Gbit/s -
Max size 4 GB 4 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No No
Storage type eMMC 5.1 eMMC 5.1
Max display resolution 1280 x 800 1920 x 1200
Max camera resolution 1x 16MP 1x 21MP, 2x 13MP
Video capture 1K at 30FPS 1K at 60FPS
Video playback 1080p at 60FPS 1080p at 60FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265 H.264, H.265
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem X6 -
4G support LTE Cat. 5 LTE Cat. 6
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 75 Mbps Up to 50 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 4
Bluetooth 4.1 4.2
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Info

Announced February 2016 January 2017
Class Low end Mid range
Model number MSM8917 -
Official page Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 official site -

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